This page lists all the written and video guides we have produced about living in various countries.

Insuring your Car in Spain

Insuring your Car in Spain

Insurance for your car is critical not just because the law requires you to have it but because of the ...
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Social Security in Spain

Social Security in Spain

Social security arrangements in Spain are extensive and expensive. They are also rather complicated and, very likely, different from those ...
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Transport Links to and within Spain

As one of the world's major economies and the world's third largest tourist destination, Spain is well served when it ...
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Marriage in Spain

Marriage in Spain

Marriage is still a major part of our culture - and where better to do it than a vibrant country ...
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Sex & Sexuality in Spain

This guide is about sex and sexuality in Spain. It covers issues like the age of consent, and LGBT rights ...
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European Health Insurance Card

The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)

Cards are issued by your national health insurance provider. How do you obtain a card? You obtain a card by contacting the health ...
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Healthcare in Spain

Click where you see  for more information Emergency numbers Call 112 - the general emergency number or 061 for an ambulance Languages spoken: ...
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Education in Spain

Education in Spain is often very good, but can sometimes leave a lot to be desired. Whether your child receives ...
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Driving Licences in Spain

Almost every adult who wants to live or work in Spain will also want to drive in Spain. They need ...
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Driving in Spain

Driving in Spain

Every year, hundreds of thousands of foreigners drive in Spain. Many worry about it before they do it for the ...
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Doing Business in Spain

Doing Business in Spain

Doing business in Spain is an enticing prospect. It is a large market (46 million people) and a trillion dollar ...
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Drinking & Driving in Spain

Thirty years' ago, drinking and driving in Spain was commonplace. Today it is not. As in many countries, this reflects ...
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Religion in Spain

Religion in Spain

Introduction Whilst you might not see much of the population in church every Sunday, you'll certainly experience some dramatic examples ...
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Learning Spanish – in Spain or ‘back home’

Despite what some expats will tell you, learning Spanish is important if you're going to be spending a lot of ...
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Cultural Differences in Spain

The cultural differences between various countries are both fascinating and surprising. Understanding them is hugely important if you want to ...
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Transport links with the Costa del Sol in Spain

Transport links with the Costa del Sol in Spain

Getting to the Costa del Sol Getting to the Costa del Sol by air If you're flying into the Costa ...
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Healthcare in Spain

Healthcare in Spain

This guide is about healthcare in Spain - the quality of the healthcare available and how to find and access ...
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Dealing with the Administration in Turkey

Dealing with the Administration in Turkey

Dealing with the administration in any new country is tough. Turkey is better than some, and worse than others. It’s ...
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Moving Back Home from Turkey

Moving Back Home from Turkey

There may, for various reasons, come a time when you decide that you want to leave Turkey and return ‘home’ ...
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Dealing with a Death in Turkey

Dealing with a Death in Turkey

Dealing with the death of a loved one is always distressing. It can also be stressful, time consuming and expensive ...
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Receiving Your Pension in Turkey

Receiving Your Pension in Turkey

When you live in Turkey there are no restrictions upon receiving any pension to which you are entitled in another ...
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Religion in Turkey

Religion in Turkey

Religion in Turkey is as old as Turkey itself - which is very old. Islam is still a massively important ...
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Sex & Sexuality in Turkey

As befits an old country right in the centre of the old Mediterranean civilisation, Turkey is pretty much on the ...
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Drink & Drugs in Turkey

Drink & Drugs in Turkey

Turkey is rather schizophrenic when it comes to its attitude to alcohol and drugs. As a substantial wine producer it ...
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Healthcare in Turkey

Healthcare in Turkey

Healthcare is right at the top of people’s concerns when moving to - or even visiting - a new country ...
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Education in Turkey

Education in Turkey

Your children will have a great time living in Turkey. Because of the climate and the freedom that children still ...
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Driving in Turkey

Driving in Turkey

Driving in Turkey is pretty simple - especially if you come from a country where they drive on the right-hand ...
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Moving Money & FX in Turkey

Moving Money & FX in Turkey

Foreign exchange (FX) is one of those boring subjects which it is so easy to overlook when planning your international ...
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Life Insurance (Assurance) in Turkey

What is the difference between life insurance and life assurance? Basically, they're almost the same thing: they pay out when ...
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Health Insurance in Turkey

Health Insurance in Turkey

This guide looks at short-term health insurance in Turkey (travel insurance), as well as health insurance for residents - going ...
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Home & Contents Insurance in Turkey

Home & Contents Insurance in Turkey

Your home in Turkey is a very expensive asset that you should think carefully about insuring. Whilst your contents are ...
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Car Insurance in Turkey

Car Insurance in Turkey

Every vehicle registered in Turkey or located in Turkey must have insurance complying with Turkish law ...
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Utilities in Turkey

Utilities in Turkey

Utilities: not the most exciting part of a move, but definitely vital. It's best to learn what to expect before ...
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Housing Options in Turkey

Housing Options in Turkey

Where you live is one of the largest factors when it comes to how happy you are going to be ...
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Cultural Differences in Turkey

Cultural Differences in Turkey

Moving to or doing business in another country always throws up issues arising from the basic cultural differences between your ...
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Business Culture in Turkey

Business Culture in Turkey

Whatever your reason for doing business in Turkey, you will probably find that there are some big differences in business environment and ...
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Banks & Banking in Turkey

Banks & Banking in Turkey

Banking is an important part of the Turkish economy. The sector is made up of a mixture of state-run banks ...
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Marriage in Turkey

Marriage in Turkey

Turkey still has one of the highest rates of marriage in the world: about 7.75 women out of every thousand ...
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Shops & Shopping in Turkey

Shops & Shopping in Turkey

Shopping - love it or hate it, it's a big part of life. It can be confusing in a new ...
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Learning Turkish - in Turkey or 'back home'

Learning Turkish – in Turkey or ‘back home’

Learning Turkish is important if you're going to be spending a lot of time in Turkey. The good news (if ...
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Social Security (Welfare Benefits) in Turkey

Social Security (Welfare Benefits) in Turkey

In order to benefit from the Turkish Social Security System, residents in Turkey must enrol with the Turkish Social Security ...
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Same-Sex Marriage in Turkey – Video Guide

Is same sex/gay marriage allowed in Turkey? If not, what should a same sex couple do instead? ...
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Can a Foreigner Vote in Turkey? - Video Guide

Can a Foreigner Vote in Turkey? – Video Guide

Can you, as a resident foreigner in Turkey, vote in ANY of the elections? ...
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Welfare (Social Security) Benefits in Turkey – Video Guide

What is the welfare system like in Turkey? How much will you have to contribute, and what can you expect ...
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Schools & Education in Turkey - Video Guide

Schools & Education in Turkey – Video Guide

Many potential expats worry about their children's education. Is the quality of schooling high in Turkey? Would your child be ...
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Getting Married/Marriage in Turkey - Video Guide

Getting Married/Marriage in Turkey – Video Guide

Will your current marriage be valid in Turkey? If you want to get married in Turkey, will you be allowed? ...
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Drink & Drugs in Turkey - Video Guide

Drink & Drugs in Turkey – Video Guide

Can you buy and drink alcohol in Turkey? What happens if you're drunk and disorderly? Are any drugs legal? What ...
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Driving in Turkey - Video Guide

Driving in Turkey – Video Guide

What can you expect from driving in Turkey? Are the rules very different? What about the general attitude? ...
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Cultural Differences in Turkey - Video Guide

Cultural Differences in Turkey – Video Guide

This guide is about the cultural differences you might come across in Turkey. Turkey straddles east and west, combining elements ...
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Religion in Turkey - Video Guide

Religion in Turkey – Video Guide

This interview is about religion in Turkey. Turkey, though overwhelmingly a Muslim country, is also a secular state: one that ...
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Politics & Voting in Turkey

Politics & Voting in Turkey

Turkey is a large nation with a complex political structure ...
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Drink & Drugs in Bulgaria

Drinking and smoking in Bulgaria is easy. Cigarettes are cheap (though you can't smoke indoors any more), and local beers, ...
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Religion in Bulgaria

Bulgaria, despite the post-war communists' oppression of religion, is largely a country of faith. Only an estimated one fifth of ...
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The Internet in Bulgaria

Depending on where you are in Bulgaria, the internet can be surprisingly speedy or hair-pullingly slow. The popular expat city ...
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Religion in the United States

Freedom of religion is enshrined in the US constitution, and the States - whilst being overwhelmingly Christian - are home ...
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Sex & Sexuality in the United States

While the US is a developed nation, there are still some issues when it comes to sex and gender. As ...
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The Internet in the United States

Getting internet in the US is easy. Getting fast internet is doable. Getting fast, cheap internet is difficult ...
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Marriage in Spain (Andalucia/Costa del Sol) - Video Guide

Marriage in Spain (Andalucia/Costa del Sol) – Video Guide

Can a foreigner get married on the Costa del Sol? Will a previous marriage be recognised? Can same-sex couples get ...
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Dealing with a Death in Spain (Andalucia/Costa del Sol) - Video Guide

Dealing with a Death in Spain (Andalucia/Costa del Sol) – Video Guide

Dealing with the death of someone close to you is an upsetting and stressful time. It can be even more ...
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Driving in Spain (Andalucia/Costa del Sol) – Video Guide

Driving in Spain - in Andalucia in particular, as is the focus of this guide - is now a much ...
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Driving Licences in Spain (Andalucia/Costa del Sol) – Video Guide

Can you use your driving licence from home in Spain? For how long? Is it difficult to get a Spanish ...
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The internet in Spain and Costa del Sol

The internet in Spain and Costa del Sol

The Costa del Sol in Spain is fairly well served by internet providers, though service can be patchy outside of ...
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Cultural Differences on the Costa del Sol

Cultural Differences on the Costa del Sol

The scope of this guide This guide is about some of the main cultural differences you're likely to come up ...
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Religion in Italy

Italy is predominantly a Christian country. More specifically, it is a Roman Catholic country (hardly surprisingly, with the Pope sitting ...
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