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beautiful french words

18 beautiful French words that have no English equivalent


Everyone can find use for these beautiful French words, which perfectly explain those inexplicable emotions that no English word can't describe.

New Year's resolutions

New Year's resolutions only expats will understand


As an expat New Year's resolutions are more about memorising foreign irregular verbs or visiting that landmark you keep putting off, rather than slimming down or saving.

Swiss things to do

Stuff Swiss people like


After a year in Switzerland expat blogger Amanda discovers the things Swiss people love the most – besides cows, cheese and anything Swiss-made.

Zurich facts

11 interesting facts about Zurich you didn’t know


As the financial Swiss capital, most people see Zurich as a straight-laced and no-nonsense city. But these 11 surprising facts show Zurich is more fun than it lets on.

Swiss parenting

Swiss resist overprotective childrearing – but are Swiss 'free-range' kids...


In Switzerland kids typically walk or play outside without strict supervision, part of a cultural legacy that could be at risk by fearful headlines of Switzerland's safety.

15 fabulous French-inspired gift ideas you can buy online


Stuck for a fabulous gift idea? Here we look to French culture for inspiration for the best gift ideas – all of which can be ordered online and have a special French twist.

How Switzerland overcame its national embarrassment


It took a controversial break from tradition for Switzerland to erase its national embarrassment: it started handing out heroin and drugs to addicts.

German language

Diccon Bewes: False friends in German


It would seem the sole existence of 'false friends' is to trip up foreign language learners and land them red-faced in embarrassing situations.

Drinking in Switzerland

Life in the Swiss Alps: Swiss drinking culture compared


Switzerland's drinking culture is more liberal than the controlled drinking the US – and yet statistics show the US has more problems with alcohol abuse. How can this be?

Living in Switzerland

The Swiss are a 'hard nut to crack'


Is Switzerland a difficult place to meet people and fit in? In a recent expat survey, Switzerland ranked last for having the worst social life.

Addressing teachers

How do children address their teachers across the globe?


Do children use the teacher's first name, surname or just 'teacher' – and what does this reflect about local culture?

Dancing in the Fountain: The best – and worst – of expat friendships

Dancing in the Fountain: The best – and worst – of expat friendships

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Should foreigners avoid joining 'expat bubbles'? Blogger Karen McCann considers the pros and cons of mingling with expat groups when living abroad.

Expat Christmas

An expat wife: Why rituals are important for expat families

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Maria Foley explains why family rituals are so important for giving expats some much-needed familiarity and a sense of belonging, particularly during festivities.

Christmas abroad

Expatica wishes you a merry multicultural holiday


There's no better time to mix the best of our cultural traditions than at Christmas. The Expatica team shares personal favourite Christmas traditions, as we reflect on the best of Expatica 2015.

EU nationality

The Mobile Life: Why I want 'European' nationality


Europe is about incorporating diverse cultural values, free movement and sharing ideas – would you vote for 'European' nationality?

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