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Whole Earth Guide

Let us be your tourist guide to the world. As we expand into new countries, we'll give you all the information that you need to know before you go and show you all the highlights of each country and region. Along the way we'll reveal places that you can stay with the service levels you thought had long since gone.

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Living in Northern Ireland: Public Services

As from 1947 there has been a Welfare State in the United Kingdom which means that most public services are free at the point of delivery (this has been slightly modified over the years so you do have to make contributions in a number of cases).


Education is free from primary school up to age 18 and is compulsory up to age 16; support is means tested at university. The school year ...

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Last updated 21 Apr 2012

Living in Northern Ireland: Visas and Emigration

Northern Ireland is in the United Kingdom (UK) so, in general, the visa and immigration rules are the same for NI as they are for the UK. The basic simple visas, in increasing order of difficulty of obtaining them:

  1. for citizens of other European Union countries you don't need a visa or residence permit (although, if you w...

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    Last updated 21 Apr 2012

Emigrating to France: Planning your move

As the number of house buyers looking at France seems once more to be on the increase, we’re starting a little series today which will take you through all the steps from when you first have the idea of moving to France or just buying a Summer home here to settling in.

Over the course of our little series, we cover all aspects of buying a house in France in enough detail to let you do it with t...

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Last updated 20 Apr 2012

Living in Northern Ireland: Geography, Climate and Economy


Where to live in NI? If you're coming to work, chances are that you will be working in or close to Belfast. In practical terms most people wouldn't consider commuting more than perhaps 30 minutes or so which means you would also probably be living quite close to Belfast. Obviously this kind of thinking has a number of consequent of cultural effects.


As I said Belfast ...

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Last updated 20 Apr 2012

Living in Northern Ireland: Miscellaneous

General stuff

I'm not sure which of the following might be obvious and which wouldn't so I'll just put it all down

Everyone here takes a holiday every year. People with children would mostly take it in the summer when the kids are out of school (our school year runs from September to June) when, of course, the prices go up so that's why I generally head off at other times. Most people ju...

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Last updated 20 Apr 2012

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