Just Landed’s expat guide to Brazil is now available in Portuguese, the country’s official language. Portuguese speakers can take advantage of all the information within the guide, from getting a visa, to finding a job and accommodation.
Representing the “B” in the growing BRIC economies (Russia, India and China are the others), Brazil is fast becoming a popular destination for international assignments. In addition, playing host to the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and the 2014 football World Cup, will propel Brazil to the front of the world stage over the coming years.
Before you arrive, make friends and ask questions in our busy Brazil expat forum. Whether you’re living in lively Rio de Janeiro, or taking it easy in Salvador, our guide will help make your relocation a smooth process.
Guia para expatriados no Brasil agora em Português!
O guia para expatriados no Brasil da Just Landed está agora disponível em Português, a língua oficial do país. Todos os que dominam a língua portuguesa podem agora beneficiar dos conteúdos do guia, desde os pedidos de vistos, a encontrar emprego e a pesquisar por alojamento.
A representar o “B” na sigla das economias emergentes BRIC (Rússia, Índia e China são as restantes), o Brasil é um destino cada vez mais desejado pelas comissões internacionais. Para além disso, ao ser o organizador dos Jogos Olímpicos e Paraolímpicos de 2016 e do Mundial de Futebol de 2014, o Brasil ficará, nos próximos anos, nas luzes da ribalta.
Antes de chegar, faça amizades e coloque as suas questões no nosso Fórum para Expatriados no Brasil.
Quer esteja na vibrante cidade do Rio de Janeiro ou esteja na descontraída cidade de São Salvador, o nosso guia irá ajudá-lo a simplicar o seu processo de mudança.
Nestled in the heart of the Pyrenees bordering France and Spain, Andorra is classed as the sixth smallest nation in Europe but don’t be deceived, as this pocket-sized country is packed with a large range of things to offer expats.
The mountainous surroundings, adorned with lakes, forests, and rivers give way to awe-inspiring vistas with over 300 days of sunshine a year. Just Landed has just launched a brand new expat guide for Andorra featuring tips and advice on obtaining visas, finding accommodation, searching for jobs and more.
Andorra is your passport to duty free shopping and offers relatively low living costs and a superb location due to its close proximity to the Spanish north-east coast as well as the French Riviera. Expats who flock to this tax haven can also enjoy free healthcare and postal services. With one of the world’s lowest unemployment rates (2.9% in 2012), Andorra is a perfect place to search for a job.
Andorra’s official language is Catalan, but because of its geographical propinquity, it’s not uncommon to hear bouts of French, Spanish and Portuguese. If Catalan is a language you are thinking of learning, why not browse our expat community to help you find a language exchange partner or course.
For expats with families, Andorra maintains an extremely low crime rate, provides secure banking systems and offers a wide range of French, Spanish and Andorran schools in which most children are brought up bilingual or even trilingual. Leisure time can be spent engaging in popular winter sports, bathing in thermal springs and sampling the local gastronomy.
For more information about moving to Andorra, put your skis on and head over to our new expat country guide today!
Last month, the U.N. coined the first International Day of Happiness, drawing the world’s attention to the idea that a country’s happiness is not only based on money. Results showed Costa Rica and many other Latin American countries have the happiest people in the world ahead of wealth powerhouse, the USA.
According to the Happy Planet Index (HPI) 2012 report, happiness is measured by an equation that calculates a country’s well-being, life expectancy and ecological footprint. Rather than only taking a country’s GDP into account, the sustainability of its people and resources are considered just as important.
Sustainability is crucial to the HPI because, according to the report, we live in an environment of scarce resources and ‘unless you care nothing for the future – neither your own, nor that of your children, nor that of future generations – environmental impact matters’.
For the second time, Costa Rica leads the HPI report due to its national policies: It produces 99 per cent of its energy from renewable sources; has reversed deforestation in the country, and plans to become carbon neutral by 2021. Costa Rica also has the second highest life expectancy in the Americas, higher even than in the USA, as well as an ecological footprint one third the size of the USA’s.
However, as Costa Rica demonstrated, a single country cannot achieve sustainability alone as goods consumed by a population are not only produced in that country. This means that global sustainability is unbalanced, as countries such as Costa Rica import goods from countries with less sustainable energy policies.
Living in an unhappy world
According to the HPI report, ‘we are still not living on a happy planet.’ Their figures show that no country performs well on all three indicators for being a happy country. These indicators include life expectancy, experienced well-being, and ecological footprint.
Only nine countries are in the second best category. Eight of these are Latin American or in the Caribbean. According to the UN, Argentina and Chile are ‘very high development countries’ and Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Jamaica and Belize are classed as ‘high development countries.’
Wealth is clearly not the creator of happiness. Amongst the top 40 countries, only four have a GDP capita of over $15,000 US Dollars. Norway is the highest scoring Western European nation in 29th place, just behind New Zealand which is 28th.
Shoes that cost the earth
The USA ranks 105th, out of 151 countries. High income countries’ scores are brought down considerably by their mammoth sized ecological footprints. According to the HPI, in 2008 the USA’s footprint was 7.2g, meaning that if every country lived like American people, four planets would be needed to maintain human consumption.
The International Day of Happiness was originally suggested by Bhutan, who instead of using a GDP model, use the Gross National Happiness Index to evaluate their development.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon said: ‘On this first International Day of Happiness, let us reinforce our commitment to inclusive and sustainable human development and renew our pledge to help others.’