Monthly Archives: October 2010

Expat Kids, not just cost of living

It is very important to consider your child’s opinions and constantly talk to your kids about how they are feeling. Listen to your children, really listen! We have also set each of the kids up on gmail, and they sometimes email us and let us know how they feel (even though we are not talking, they are still communicating with us on their feelings).
Trudie constantly communicated with her son – During our alone time I constantly reassured Matthew that dad will be with us soon, and when Dad did not come back to our home country, but to our expat spot and we had to go there Matthew was the first to jump at the idea. We also constantly talk about the fact that we will move again- this is not home yet- we will be here for a couple of years – we wanted Matthew to be prepared for that and use it to motivate him-work harder at school etc. Continue reading

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Gabon, Libreville – Cost of Living

The economy of Gabon enjoys a per capita income four times that of most nations of sub-Saharan Africa. This has supported a sharp decline in extreme poverty; yet because of high income inequality a large proportion of the population remains … Continue reading

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France, Paris – Cost of Living

The economy of France is a mixed economy which is the fifth largest economy in the world, by measurement of GDP (nominal), behind the United States, Japan, China and Germany. It is the second largest economy in Europe. Paris is … Continue reading

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Europe Cost of Living – 2010

Europe’s most expensive cities are those that are not on the Euro. The most expensive city in Europe is Geneva (ranked 8 in the world), while Zurich is Europe’s third most expensive city (ranked 10 in the world), making Switzerland … Continue reading

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Finland, Helsinki – Cost of Living

The economy of Finland is a highly industrialized, free-market economy with a per capita output equal to that of other western economies such as France, Germany, Sweden or the United Kingdom. The largest sector of the economy is services at … Continue reading

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Falkland Islands, Stanley – Cost of Living

The economy of the Falkland Islands, previously heavily over-dependent on sheep farming (and historically whaling), has become more diversified in the last decades and now also has income from tourism and commercial fishing as well as a service base for … Continue reading

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Ethiopia, Addis Ababa – Cost of Living

The economy of Ethiopia is based on agriculture, which accounts for half of gross domestic product (GDP), 60% of exports, and 80% of total employment. Ethiopia has virtually no private sector business at all. Despite recent improvements, with an exploding … Continue reading

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