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Generalities

General information
  • Russia is the largest country in the world, and it has a number of cities spread across its vast landscape. It also has widely varying climates.

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  • Located in Central Europe, Germany is a major destination for expatriates worldwide because of its prosperous and stable economic and political situation.

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  • Hyogo is a Japanese city which receives thousands of visitors each year. It is known to be a tourist region. Its economy has been developing over the years

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  • Fukui is known as the green city thanks to its extensive natural beauty. It'd a small city with a developed economy and rich history for expats to explore.

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  • Japan is made up of more than 6,000 islands. Its capital city is Tokyo while its most important cities are Kyoto and Osaka, etc..

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Formalities

Visas, passports and entry requirements
  • There are numerous formalities involved when entering and leaving Russia that you should be aware of, regardless of how long you will be spending there.

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  • European Union citizens are free to travel to the Netherlands without any restrictions whatsoever. But other foreigners have to fill in some formalities.

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  • To get married in Japan, you are required to apply for a certificate of legal capacity to marry at the embassy or consulate of your country in Japan.

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  • Depending on your location, you can travel to Panama either over land or by plane. Citizens of a number of countries do not need a visa to enter Panama.

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  • If you wish to travel to Malaysia, you should first inquire about entry requirements in the country, especially in terms of visas.

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Visas

Work visas, work permits, working holiday visas and residence permits
  • In order to work in Japan, expats can applyfor a work visa or a working holiday visa. Some expats may be able applicable for a permanent residence visa.

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  • You will need a tourist visa to stay for a maximum period of 90 days in Japan. However, citizens of certain countries are exempt from visa requirements.

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  • All the information you need to obtain a short- or long-term stay visa in Nigeria.

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  • For expats hoping to live in Colombia, there are a number of temporary visas. After 5 years in Colombia on a TP, you will be eligible for a resident visa.

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Work

Labour market, how to find a job
  • Russian authorities greatly encourage the setting up of businesses in the country. However, procedures can be quite time consuming.

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  • Internships in Denmark are divided by sector and can be either paid or unpaid. Some companies may require some knowledge of a Scandinavian language.

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  • Denmark is a business-friendly country that makes it relatively straightforward for expats to set up their business, even if they do not speak much Danish.

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  • Japan has a lot to offer expats. If you are trying to find a job in the country, knowledge of local customs and some Japanese will certainly be helpful.

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  • As a leading global city, Tokyo has many job opportunities for expats, particularly in the hi-tech, finance and service sectors.

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Accommodation

How to rent a house or an apartment, leases and rental agreements
  • Denmark offers expats a high quality of life. However, this comes at a cost, and accommodation will be more expensive in Denmark's city centres.

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  • Finding accommodation in Copenhagen can be a difficult task given a higher demand than supply. Rent prices are also some of the highest in Denmark.

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  • Aarhus is Denmark's second largest city with over 250,000 inhabitants. While the city centre has mainly apartments, more options can be found further out.

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  • Located in Funen, Odense has a population of some 180,000 inhabitants. Expats will find affordable accommodation in the city.

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  • Compared to Odense, Aalborg is a medium-sized city in the Jutland region. Accommodation for expats can be competitive due to the large student population.

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Study

Student visa, University registration
  • In order to study in Russia, you will need to have been accepted at an institute of higher education before you apply for a student visa.

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  • Denmark attracts many foreign students every year thanks to its prestigious universities and developed higher education system.

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  • International students have a number of universities to choose from in Japan. Those who wish to study in Japan should apply for a student visa.

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  • Learn about the education opportunities available in Nigeria, and how to best enjoy your study period in the country.

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  • This article has helpful information on courses, admissions, and tuition if you want to study abroad in Colombia.

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Health care

Public and private health systems
  • The Russian healthcare system isn't comparable to that in other well-developed countries. Expats should consider comprehensive private health insurance.

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  • Denmark's healthcare system is free to access for its residents and is known for offering a good standard of healthcare.

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  • Japan has two national protection schemes. But you have to subscribe to a health insurance if you are moving there for less than a year.

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  • Information about the availability and quality of healthcare facilities, pharmaceuticals and health insurance in Nigeria.

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  • This article is an overview of types of health insurance as well as information about public and private medical care in Colombia.

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Bank

Open and manage a bank account
  • Opening a bank account in Russia should be relatively straightforward. For non-Russian speakers, some banks do have English-speaking staff.

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  • Expats will require a residence permit in order to open a bank account in Denmark. You will also need a NemID to receive payments from the public system.

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  • Expats will require a residence card in order to open a bank account in Japan. Be aware that some local branches may only offer services in Japanese.

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  • The gist of the financial and banking system of Nigeria along with practical tips about money management and payments in the country.

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  • This article is an overview of how to open a bank account in Colombia as well as information on budgeting and the cost of living.

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Tax

Tax system, income tax
  • There are a number of taxes that are applicable in Russia. Tax residents are those who spend more than 183 days a year in the country.

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  • Denmark has one of the world's most expensive tax systems, which aids to fund its impressive social welfare schemes.

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  • Non residents in Japan are have to pay income tax according to their Japanese income. Residents have to pay tax according to their global income.

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  • The tax system in Nigeria includes personal income tax and company income tax. Residents and expats with a residence permit are liable to pay tax.

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  • Any foreigner working in Colombia is liable for taxes. This article has helpful information on the Colombian taxation system.

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Transports

Train, bus, plane, car rental
  • Expats moving to Moscow have a number of transport options when it comes to getting around. You can rent a car or book a taxi, or use public transportation

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  • Though Copenhagen is well-known for its cycling culture, there are several different modes of transportation available, including buses, boats and a metro.

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  • There are a number of transportation option sin Denmark, from flights for long-distance travel to cycling in cities.

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  • Japan offers several different modes of transportation. Over long distances, trains and planes are popular. There also buses and taxis available.

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  • Learn about the various transport infrastructure and services available in Nigeria.

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Driver's licence

Driving requirements
  • Expats from a country that is party to the Vienna Convention on Road Traffic will not need to exchange their licence to drive in Russia.

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  • While EU citizens do not need to exchange their licence, those from other countries may be required to take a driving test to get a Danish licence.

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  • You can drive in Japan with your international driver's licence, except if your home country has an exchange agreement with Japan.

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  • Information about Nigerian drivers licenses, driving conditions and the different options to get a car in Nigeria.

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  • Foreigners in Colombia may need a national driver license. This article has information about regulations for temporary drivers and residents in Colombia.

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Removal

moving, formalities and useful tips
  • Expats planning to move to Russia may want to move their belongings with them. In this case, you should consider hiring an international moving company.

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  • Relocating to Denmark requires appropriate planning. It is better to hire removal experts who will take care of all related formalities on your behalf.

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  • Moving to Japan: How to find a removal company?

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  • An overview of the import and shipping conditions dictated by Nigerian authorities, for expats who want to move their belongings or pets to Nigeria.

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  • This article has practical advice on working with international shipping companies, transporting pets, and moving your belongings to Colombia.

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Communications

Phone line, internet provider, post office
  • There are a number of telecommunications providers in Russia, offering phone and internet packages. Mobile contracts may only apply to one region of Russia

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  • As a modern country, Denmark hosts a wide, developed and competitive telecommunications market, including several service providers.

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  • Connecting to the internet is quite easy in Japan. The country has several types of connection: narrow band, broadband, wireless and mobile internet.

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  • You have to buy a new mobile phone and a Japanese sim card if you want to make phone calls in Japan. Yours will not be compatible.

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  • Useful tips about mobile and fixed phone and Internet services in Nigeria, including service providers and how to get connected.

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Leisure

Sports, leisure and cultural activities
  • Moscow, the Russian capital city, offers expats a wide range of leisure activities. From sports and chess to the numerous ice rinks that pop up in winter.

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  • From amusement parks to museums and castles, you can choose from a wide range of leisure activities to enjoy in Denmark.

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  • Copenhagen has a wide range of leisure activities for expats to enjoy, be it exploring the outdoors, family activities, or nightlife.

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  • A number of different traditional and international sports are practised in Japan. It may surprise expats to learn that baseball is particularly popular.

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  • There are various ways to discover Japan. You can take a walk in the mountains and forests during your free time or visit the ancient palaces and temples.

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Miscellaneous

  • Though there are stereotypes surrounding the Russian lifestyle, there are traditions, aspects of the cuisine and festivities that make it truly unique.

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  • Pets are the most welcome in Russia. However, you are advised to inquire on health requirements regarding pets before traveling there.

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  • Expats looking to move to Denmark with their pet will find it relatively straightforward, particularly if they are moving from an EU member state.

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  • Denmark is often noted as being one of the happiest countries in the world with an excellent quality of life.

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  • According to Japanese customs, certain items are duty-free, others can be imported with restrictions, some are prohibited and some require a declaration.

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