What’s new in the world?

Outside of the United States is a whole world waiting to be explored. Each country offers its own politics, lifestyle, activities, work, and more. The world is constantly changing. It is important to stay on top of that change so you can make an informed decision on where your next destination will be.

Though a lot of news in the world can be negative, there are a lot of positive and interesting stories happening. As you can see below, though one country may be having a tough time politically, another country is celebrating a victory.

Catalonia Secedes from Spain.

One large change that is occurring right now is happening in Spain where one region of the country is choosing to break away after some political turmoil.

On Monday, Catalonia plans to declare independence from Spain after a banned referendum on October 1. One lawmaker from the Pro Unity Candidacy (CUP), a pro independence party, says the declaration of independence would follow a parliamentary session on Monday to evaluate the results of the vote to leave the country.

Spain’s government said this would be illegal after Catalan President Carles Puigdemont earlier stated he would ask the region’s parliament to declare independence following a poll. Only a minority of Catalans voted in that poll.

Puigdemont says in an interview that felt like “a president of a free country where millions of people have made an important decision.”

Whether or not this is a good idea, or whether it will pass, is up for debate.

Expat Salary Increases

If you are looking to work abroad, the biggest salary increases for expats have been found in Switzerland and Saudi Arabia. A study published by HSBC found that expats who have chosen to move to Switzerland earn an average of more than $193,000, the highest in the world. That is 54% more than if they had stayed home. Saudi Arabia has surpassed that with a 58% increase.

India SoccerConsumer Resource Guide

India’s under-17 soccer team will be competing in the country’s first World Cup match against the United States on Friday. India has produced world-class cricket and hockey teams but has never qualified for the World Cup finals at any level.

These competitors are children of rickshaw drivers, some growing up in deep poverty, and have made the national squad for the under-17 World Cup finals.

Excitement is rising for the 3-week tournament in 6 Indian cities. Renovations of stadiums have begun. One Indian coach, Luis Norton de Matos, is calling this debut, “the first step for the future” for Indian football.

As you can see, we live on an increasingly interesting planet with a lot of offer. Finding the perfect country for you can be a daunting task but it doesn’t have to be. Let Escape Artist guide you through the process.