About Expatica

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

What started as a website providing news and information for the international community in the Netherlands rapidly developed into a much broader resource. Within a few years Expatica grew to include Belgium, France, Germany, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, and later added Luxembourg, Moscow, Portugal, and South Africa to give a total of 11 country pages.

Expatica expanded its services to provide specialised resources for expats living abroad, such as an expat online dating site, job and housing search tools, a free Ask the Expert service, as well as community pages for readers to post discussions, events and classifieds.

Across all its pages and services, Expatica receives millions of visitors every month.

The Expatica story

Read 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: Expatica.com. Read more ...


Expatica provides daily news, features and practical information in English on all aspects related to living abroad. Our goal is to provide high quality content and services to international communities across Europe and beyond, with focus on Belgium, France, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.

Expatica.com provides essential information to help internationals settle into their new country of residence, such as tips on how to find a job or housing, information on the local health and education systems, details on visas and permits or how to deal with finances and pension plans in your adopted country.

In 2014, Expatica launched a new look website with a streamlined menu and optimal search functions. 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 contact expaticaservice@expatica.com or fill in the feedback form online. We always welcome your thoughts.

Free online tools

Expatica.com has everything you need to help build your life abroad. Use our online tools to ask experts about your specific situation to receive free advice, find a job or home using our search tools, buy and sell in Expatica’s classifieds section, or locate useful businesses in your area using our A–Z listings.

Community and entertainment

Get to know the international community through Expatica’s forums and evolving networking platform. If you’re looking for something to do, 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?

Social media

Expatica is dedicated to developing its social media channels to become a leader in expat communication and information. By following our Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest or Youtube channels, our feeds will connect you to a range of interesting, relevant and entertaining articles and services related to all aspects of living abroad, collected from our own site and across the web.


Keep up-to-date with the latest news, blogs, and information published on Expatica by subscribing to one of our daily or weekly newsletters. Have our newsletters sent directly to your inbox, where you can receive daily news, a weekly events guide, or our weekly selection of the most recent articles published on Expatica.

The Expat Survival Guide

Annually, Expatica publishes a Survival Guide for specific countries to give internationals the best of the site in a comprehensive and easy-to-use format. You can pick up a guide by attending one of Expatica’s fairs, or by ordering them via survivalguide@expatica.com.

“I am not a tourist” Expat Fairs

Expatica Communications B.V. hosts the annual “i am not a tourist” Expat Fair to support internationals living in or moving to a new country. These one-day fairs give you 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.

Expatica’s International Job Fairs

Due to a high demand for job services abroad, Expatica successfully launched its first International Job Fair in Amsterdam in 2013. Expatica continues to host the International Job Fair annually, providing a range of employment services and information related to working abroad.

Expat professionals have the opportunity to connect with job agencies and companies looking to recruit employees, as well as attend free workshops and courses to improve their job-hunting efforts. The fairs are usually held in spring and autumn.