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International Baccalaureate, a growing trend in international education.

International Baccalaureate, a growing trend in international education.

Where as for most Italian families the topic of what educational system is often not an issue as the Italian school curriculum is set by the Ministry of Education and applies both to public and private schools, this is not the case for international families and expats. Though over the years we have seen an increase in the number of students crossing over between the different school systems, the ... »

Applying for Italian Citizenship (with few tears)

Applying for Italian Citizenship (with few tears)

You’ve been an expat in Italy for long enough to ponder if you should apply for Italian citizenship – but you might not be so sure about the process. Inspired by the imminent BrExit referendum, the Scottish association Casa Scozia recently held a seminar on Italian citizenship for Brits and other English speakers in the Milan area. As a recently naturalised Italian I was invited to pre... »

Bacon, butlers and Spanish nudists – Foreign Office reveals latest top ten bizarre requests from Brits abroad

Bacon, butlers and Spanish nudists – Foreign Office reveals latest top ten bizarre requests from Brits abroad

Confused callers looked to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) for advice on bizarre issues ranging from where to buy English bacon in Europe, how to recruit a butler in Lebanon and how to avoid nudists in southern Spain, it has been revealed. The FCO has released details of the ten weirdest consular calls it has received in the past year, as a reminder to the public that they should only lo... »

Bengali New Year – Consul General of Bangladesh

Bengali New Year – Consul General of Bangladesh

Happy Independence Day & Bengali New Year from Consul General of Bangladesh On the auspicious occasion of Bangladesh Independence and National Day, I would like to extend my warm wishes to the readers of Easy Milano. At the same time, on behalf of all the Bangladeshi citizens in Northern Italy, I wish to pay deep homage to the valiant freedom fighters who laid down their lives for the sake of ... »

Exposing Seven Myths about the Rules of US Expat Taxes

Exposing Seven Myths about the Rules of US Expat Taxes

If you are a US expat, there are a few myths surrounding US expat taxes about which you should be aware. As a US Expat, you probably receive a lot of conflicting information. There are some common myths when it comes to US expat tax laws. Here, we will expose these myths and let you in on the truth. There is a misconception that if you are living in a foreign country and filing a tax return in tha... »

Carlina – Stories and Legends of Milan

Carlina – Stories and Legends of Milan

Carlina was a young girl from the Lake of Como, more precisely from Schignano. At the time and in those areas, according to custom, young brides dressed in black – and not in white as you are used to seeing today – this was to go unnoticed and avoid brutes taking advantage of them in their youth. All dressed in black Carlina and Renzino, her young husband, came to Milan to visit the Duomo and see ... »

The Secret Price of History

The Secret Price of History

Most of us would agree that you can consider yourself well integrated into a new country when you stop translating back and forth from your native language and culture. Yet for a handful of assimilated expats, the translating not only continues but becomes a life passion. This is definitely the case for Gayle Ridinger, an American journalist turned professional translator and university instructor... »

New Year’s Message from Simone Desmarchelier Australian Consul General in Milan

New Year’s Message from Simone Desmarchelier Australian Consul General in Milan

Dear Easy Milano readers Buon anno! Happy New Year! Thank you to Easy Milano for offering the Australian Consulate General the opportunity to pass on our best wishes for a happy, safe and healthy 2015. Having just returned from a hot and sunny Australian Christmas to the crisp winter days of Milan I am drawn to the many distinctions between our 2 countries. The change in weather and the size of ou... »