Bettering new social insurance policy on foreigners, Photo: Shutterstock One of Vietnam’s leading English-language training centres, Apollo Education and Training Organisation (Apollo) has more than 400 foreign teachers working across the country and is one of the most hard-pressed to apply Decree 143. Nguyen Kim Dung, head of Apollo’s Legal, Compliance and Government Relations, told VIR that the procedures to pay insurance after foreign labourers are very complicated and are causing the company concerns. For instance, is examination in public hospitals possible for non-Vietnamese speakers? Does the insurance agency pay for foreign-language prescriptions? And do procedures to get death benefits have to be notarised and translated? “We worry that the complications may undermine the government’s policy on insurance for foreign workers. It is necessary to issue simple and convenient guidelines and procedures for foreign labourers to really enjoy the benefits of … [Read more...] about Bettering new social insurance policy on foreigners
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This article is available to Members of The Local. Read more Membership Exclusives here. In 2010, cross-cultural couples – or those involving a native Swede and a foreigner – made up nine percent of all married couples in Sweden. And according to a survey of expats in Sweden by Internations, more foreigners relocate to Sweden to be with their partner than for any other reason: 25 percent of those who responded said they moved to the country for love. This group faces unique challenges, from where to spend Christmas to which language to use with their children, while the partner who relocates must adjust to an entirely new culture, often leaving behind a job, family and friends. So what about the people who uproot their lives for a relationship which later ends? It's not an uncommon situation; the divorce rate among cross-cultural couples is significantly higher than that of both native couples and those where both partners come from the same foreign country, yet … [Read more...] about What happens when you move across the world for love, then break up?
This article is available to Members of The Local. Read more Membership Exclusives here. Using a foreign licence The first thing you're probably wondering is whether a driving licence from your home country is valid in Sweden. This depends on where you got it, and how long you've been in Sweden. If the licence was issued by, and is still valid in, an EEA country, you can use it in Sweden for as long as it's valid. It doesn't make a difference whether or for long you've been registered in Sweden. You should also note that in Sweden, you can only drive if you're over the age of 18, even if you have a valid licence from a country where the legal driving age is lower. And in order to hire a car you must be at least 20, with individual companies sometimes setting their own age limits of up to 25. For drivers from non-EEA countries, it's a bit more complicated. If you're not registered in Sweden (ie, if you don't have a person number or coordination number), then you can drive … [Read more...] about Everything you need to know about Swedish driving licences