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About Expatica
About Expatica

Expatica Communications B.V. is an international media company founded in 2000 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

What started as website providing news and information for the international community in the Netherlands rapidly grew into a much broader resource. Within a few years Expatica expanded to include Belgium, France, Germany, Spain, Switzerland and the UK. Expatica Luxembourg was launched in January 2010. receives an average of half a million visitors every month.

The Expatica story

How one man’s endless wait for a tram in the Netherlands planted the seed for a comprehensive online resource for expats in several countries across Europe: Read more ...
Expatica provides daily news, features and practical information on living abroad in English for the international communities in Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain, Germany, France, Switzerland, Luxembourg and the UK. Our goal is to provide high quality content and services to all countries across Europe and beyond.

The Expat Survival Guide provides essential information to help internationals settle into their new country of residence: how to find a job or housing, information on the local health and education systems, how to start a business or deal with pension plans in your adopted country.

Annually, Expatica produces a Survival Guide for specific countries to give internationals on the ground the best of the site in a comprehensive and easy-to-use format.

Tools has everything you need to help you to build your life abroad. Go to the toolbox to ask experts questions, buy and sell in the classifieds section, find a job or home and even locate a business on the site.

Community and entertainment
Get to know the international community through the discussion forums and Expatica’s evolving networking platform. If you’re looking for something to do, check out’s ‘What’s On’ section or sign up for an Expatica event. Looking for love? Why not create a profile in Expatica Date or join one of Expatica’s SpeedDate events?

Expatica HR
Expatica HR provides advice and information to over 13,000 HR professionals across Europe. The channels keep you up to date with the latest news, trends and best practices in mobility management, and include features on tax and finance across borders, expatriate support, relocation and the international job marketplace. Expatica also organises conferences to keep HR professionals in tune with the latest regulations governing cross-border employment and best practices in expatriate management.

“i am not a tourist” Expat Fairs
Expatica Communications B.V. hosts annual “i am not a tourist” Expat Fairs to support internationals living in or moving to a new country. These one-day fairs give them the opportunity to get information, meet with expat-oriented service providers, and network with thousands of like-minded internationals. Expatica has successfully organised this event in Amsterdam, Brussels, Madrid and Paris.

At the end of 2008, Expatica launched a new look and feel with a slimmed down menu and optimal search function. We continue to work on developing and improving our website and services to fulfil the needs and expectations of our international users.

If you still can’t find what you’re looking for, or would like to provide feedback, please email us at We welcome your thoughts.


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The ABCs of the German school system

The ABCs of the German school system

What you need to know about German schools and daycare.

German immigration and residency regulations

German immigration and residency regulations

Want to move to Germany but haven’t figured out the details? Check out Expatica’s overview of the German permit system.

Driving in Berlin: Rules, habits and fines

Driving in Berlin: Rules, habits and fines

In part one of our two part series, we cover the driving culture in Berlin, where to park and buy gas and, most importantly, the laws.

Looking for work in Germany: The in depth version

Looking for work in Germany: The in depth version

Our comprehensive guide includes information on how to find work, recruitment agencies, employment contracts and labour law.