Thursday, September 30, 2010

Poland - Fourth Best Place to Live

Here's an interesting one that's close to my heart and family. You see my dad was born in Poland. He would have been pleased to read this and to see this.

The Warsaw Business Journal announced today that Poland came in as the fourth Best Place to Live in Europe. It owes this ranking to: a low retirement age, long holidays and being one of the cheapest places to live in Europe with a low cost fo living.

Poland even finished ahead of Germany and England on the list. The list is the Quality of Life Index compiled by uSwitch. The article didn't really give any further details about who or what uSwitch is. But they did say that 16 factors were used to compare European Countries and determine rank order. Those factors included - net income; sales taxes; vacation allowance; working hours; life expectancy; costs of gas, diesel and electricity.

France came in top spot followed by Spain and Denmark in 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Source: Poland 4th best place to live in Europe

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

High Quality Coffee Production Around Boquete, Panama

Guest Post By Tyler Ramos

Boquete, is located on the slopes of Baru Volcano, and it is one of the most recognized coffee growing areas in all of Panama. For more than a century, the area has been dedicated to producing some of Panama's best coffee and it is now becoming known on an international level for the high quality brews grown here.

In the past Panamanian coffee was overshadowed by neighbors such as Costa Rica and Colombia, but thanks to several international awards that were won by Panamanian coffee plantations, it is now getting the respect that it truly deserves. There are now several specialty coffees that are produced by the local plantations that have propelled the beans from Boquete to international esteem.

The climate in the region is excellent for growing coffee, with just the right measure of sun, shade and humidity. The soil is volcanic and highly fertile, which helps to produce a particularly rich flavored coffee bean.

For visitors who are interested in experiencing some of the world's best coffee as fresh as possible, there are coffee tours that you can do to sample the local brews at the site where they are grown, harvested and roasted. The tours also teach you about the history of coffee growing in the region and you can see coffee mills that are more than a century old.

Panamanian Rainforest Coffee Medium Roast, Universal Grind - 8 oz.

During the coffee tours that you can take at Boquete, you will learn about all different aspects of growing, harvesting, processing and selling the coffee. You will get to know more about how fair trade and organic production of the coffee works as well as getting hints on how to make the perfect cup of coffee yourself.

When the coffee is to be harvest, there are two different kinds of processing that can be done and both are performed in Boquete. The first is wet processing, where the beans are first washed and pulped. When this has happened, then they are dried out and the bean is extracted from the cherry. Only 20 per cent of the cherries is actual bean, so the cherry pickers work hard to pick between 100 and 200 pounds of coffee each day.

Alternatively you can find dry processing, which is done by laying the beans out on open air platforms to dry out. The beans have to be raked and rotated every few hours to ensure that they are evenly dried and that there is no build up of mildew. This process gives the beans a gorgeous earthy flavor, but it is more labor intensive and therefore more expensive.

When the processing is done, then the beans are chosen according to their size and quality. They are grouped together and then undergo a process known as cupping, where they are stored for up to six months and continually judged for readiness. When they are ready, the coffee beans are packaged and 90 per cent is now exported out of Panama to the waiting lips of coffee lovers worldwide.

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Monday, September 27, 2010

Channels Expanding On The Panama Canal

By Tyler Ramos

The Panama Canal is a ship canal which was built in order to join the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Naturally its construction had a significant and positive impact on maritime trade, which was the primary reason behind its construction. Now there is a new project being proposed by the Panama Canal Authority which would expand traffic capacity of the Panama Canal.

The project goes by the name of the Third Set of Locks Project. This name is related to one of its goals, which is to construct lock complexes at both the Atlantic and Pacific ends of the canal. These lock systems are aimed at resolving the water preservation issues which have come up in the past with the canal's continued use. The Panama Canal Authority also aims to not only construct additional access channels to the canal but widen those that already exist. These channels will all also had their depth increased when the project has finished.

The work of expanding the canal is classified as a mega project. This means its construction and completion could deeply impact both nearby communities as well as the environment. Not only that, but it is also expected to cost more than one billion US dollars. A great deal of public attention has been drawn to the project as a result of its scope.

The project has begun as of September 2007 and could be finished within the year 2015. There are and have been many voices in favor of its commencement. This a result of the many potential benefits that the canal expansion could offer. For one it is expected to pay for itself given time as well as provide a significant amount of return on investment for not only its investors but Panama as well.

Along with its profitability, the canal expansion project is expected to reduce poverty within Panama. This will be a result of the need for labor of all kinds being necessary in order to complete the project. Some have claimed that the reduction will be as high as 30%. Of course it is also believed that improving the channels and traffic capacity of the canal will bring in higher revenues from tolls.

The improved cargo capacity of the canal could also mean an increase in profits for those involved in maritime trade. This profit margin could very well affect the country again as well as more and larger cargo ships move through its waters. As mentioned before, however, this image of a parade of cargo ships has also spurred environmental concerns.

The Panama Canal Authority has performed studies regarding the environmental impact of its project and claims that no significant damage will be done environmentally. The area in which the work will be done is already owned by the organization and no major community upheaval is necessary for its work to be done. It also states that the lock systems being installed are intended to mitigate the environmental impacts of the increase in usage of the canal.

Again, it is projected that the canal expansion will be finished in 2015. It is the hope of many that this expansion's completion will mark a time of renewed prosperity in the country of Panama. It will certainly be seen in time whether or not this happens, and many will be watching closely in the meantime.

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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Did you see this?

This is just too interesting not to share. It is the world's biggest train set which covers 1,150 square meters / 12,380 square feet and features almost six miles of track and is still not complete!

Two German Brothers have put this TRAIN SET together.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Cheap Houses

CBS News posted an article on their website today about the Cheapest Houses in the United States and some of the most expensive too.

The piece was about a new study done by Real Estate giant Coldwell-Banker.

C-B took 1,000's of listing from cities and towns nation wide and compared the prices of homes of the same size over a 7 month period. Here's what they discovered: The average price of a 4 bed - 2 bath house ranges from over $2,000,000 in the most expensive market to less than Seventy Thousand Dollars for cheap house in the most depressed markets.

The most expensive houses were found in Newport Beach California - for those who don't know that's the setting for the TV show 'The OC'. The Cheapest homes were found in the Detroit area were you can land the same size house for $68,000.

California had 6 out of 10 of the most expensive communities to purchase a home while Michigan garnered 3 of the top 10 spots for cheapest places to buy a house in the U.S. All 10 of the cheapest places to buy real estate were found in the midwest.

Overall the study revealed the average price across the nation for one of these houses was $353 thousand and about 30% of the market had similar houses under $200k.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Top Ten Cheapest Places to Live

According to a survey done this past spring the following list of Cities are the Top Ten Cheapest Places to Live in the World.

This study looked at cost of living throughout the world by creating a basket of common goods purchased by people including:

Booze (alcohol) - I don't know why but that always seems to come up on lists for the necessities of life!
Tobacco (that one really has me puzzled!)
Clothes (OK now we're getting real)
Foot wear (ditto!)
Domestic services (what the hell is that? I always think of maids and gardeners. Now if you're looking for the cheapest place to live are you really concerned about having a maid or a gardener?)
Food (As in groceries)
Food (As in dining out - restaurants, etc.)
Personal Care (As with the maid - if you're wanting to live cheap cut your own hair!)
Household Supplies
Sports & Leisure (Isn't this where the booze and smokes should be?)

OK, as I've pointed out these lists and what is ranked as important can get a little squirrelly but here's the result -

1. Asuncion, Paraguay
2. Quito Ecuador
3. Karachi, Pakistan
4. Johannesburg, South Africa
5. San Jose, Costa Rica
6. Buenos Aires, Argentina
7. Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
8. Montevideo, Uruguay
9. Winston-Salem, U.S.A. (Really? You've got to be kidding? Must be the cheap smokes!)
10. Tunis, Tunisia

Friday, September 17, 2010

Buying Cheap Homes

We've all seen and heard the horror stories about the real estate market in Florida. The state that was once the retirement haven of the entire country where people dreamt about having enough retirement savings to move there has now become one of the cheapest places to buy real estate.

Recently the Sun Sentinel presents it's 'Tips on Buying Cheap Homes'. The article begins with the standard disclaimers of knowing exactly what you are doing and what you are getting yourself into when you chose to buy cheap homes. Of course that is particularly true when looking at foreclosures - the best and most popular place to find a cheap home.

Tip #1 - Keep you first buy simple and easy. Don't go for the major over haul - reno project. It could sink you. Start by looking for cheap homes that just need minor repairs, a coat of paint and a good clean up.

Tip#2 - Use your common sense. A deal which brings the cost of a home back to market value after renovations isn't a deal at all. David Dweck of the Boca Real Estate Investment Club suggests you look to keep your total investment to no more than sixty five percent of the market value. So, if the home has a market value of $100,000 after you clean it up than you don't want the total cost of purchase and renos to be more than $65,000.

Tip#3 - Always insist on a home inspection. Remember as you look at cheap homes for sale they are likely sold 'as is'. You need an inspection to know what is hiding and what you're really getting yourself into in terms of prepping it for market.

Tip#4 - Insure you are getting clear title to the property. This means being thorough in your title and lien search. You may need to pay a few outstanding bills but as long as that fits in the 65% total cost scenario your still making a good investment and buying cheap.

Some investors are looking at income properties so that can at a few more steps but essential the same tips apply when it comes to finding cheap rental homes and cheap vacation homes.

Click here for more tips on How to Buy Land Cheap

Source Sun Sentinel: Tips on buying cheap homes

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Best Places to Retire

When it comes to living cheap retirees are the first ones to ask, 'Where are the Best Places to Retire?'

Retirement Living brings with it a whole new set of feelings and concerns. I don't mean to make light of the issue or to say that those who are middle aged are stingy or cheap. It's simply a reality. People live a lot longer these days and many who are looking at retirement are worried they will out live their savings. Even though many people think this is a new phenomenon due to the down turn in the economy the fact is living cheaply has been top of the mind for retirees since the since good old Otto von Bismarck first introduced the concept of the old age pension back in 1889. Everyone who retires wants to stretch their dollars as far as they can because the really don't know how long they will be around and the certainly know there is no more cash coming in.

Some people think the only way to stretch those dollars and enjoy a quality of life in retirement is to search out the best places to retire overseas. As the internet changes our society into one which is more globally inclined and less worried about patriotism this option can make a lot of sense. It still amazes me how many people stay within a few miles of where they were born and yet they complain about politics, the weather, taxes and more. Why not move? Many countries overseas saw big changes in their economies long before the still young U.S. experienced their downturn. In fact the new world was created out of just such downturns and strife many years ago. We could think about European countries as they've been there and done that. The cost of living in many foreign countries overseas and abroad along with lower taxes, great benefit programs and lovely weather can be a huge pull for those looking considering the best places to retire abroad.

So, where is the best place to retire? Well as with most questions that seem simple but are really very complex the answer is, 'It depends.' Yes, it's true it does depend on a lot of things. When Americans ask that question they are probably really thinking, where is the best city to live in USA? Ask a Canadian or European that same question and their minds inevitably reach beyond the borders of their home country to more exotic lands.

International Living has been asking this same question for a number of years and their retirement index of the best places to retire in the world is a constantly changing traget. For example their top five best places to retire in the world 2010 list names these countries:

#1 Ecuador
#2 Panama
#3 Mexico
#4 France
#5 Italy

add in these communities and you've got the Top 10 Best Places to retire.

I wonder what next year will bring? Maybe Retire Belize or Ecuador will make the list.

The International Living Retirement Index by the way ranks the top 25. You can learn more about I.L. and their retirement research here - International Living Magazine.

Cheapest Places to Live in Canada - Toronto & Montreal NOT!

Yesterday the National/Financial Post's Eric Lam revealed that Toronto and Montreal are a couple of the most expensive cities to live in. Not just in Canada but the world!

Cheapest Place to Live in Canada - Not!

He wrote about a USB study which was released yesterday noting that these Canadian Cities are even more expensive than London or Dubai. Interesting that he or the study never mentioned Vancouver or Victoria which are often assumed to be very expensive to liv in.
So, if you're searching for the cheapest places to live than you may want to avoid cities on this list of the most expensive:

1. Oslo
2. Zurich
3. Geneva

These cities took top spots as the most costly cities to live in.

4. Tokyo
5. Copenhagen
6. New York
7. Stockholm

Although he doesn't state it specifically by inference Toronto and Montreal come in at 8th and 9th while London is the 10th most expensive city to live in.

Bucharest, Manila and Mumbai.

One wild card here was that Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia was also in the five cheapest cities to live in.

Read about it here Toronto, Montreal among most expensive cities

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Cheapest Places to Buy a House in Canada

I was skimming the MoneySense area of Canadian Business Online and came across an interesting little article about the Best Places to Live in Canada.

Of course I wanted to see the criteria as they looked at over 150 communities in Canada. One of the things they looked at which helps to ge an idea of where the Cheapest Places to Live in Canada may be was the list of house prices and specifically their list of the cheapest houses in Canada. here's what they said:

Cheapest place to buy a house in Canada - Cape Breton, Nova Scotia at just over $100K for the average home price. The list of the top five cheapest places or lowest average house prices in Canada looked like this:
#1 Cape Breton, Nova Scotia $101,034
#2 Portage la Prairie. Manitoba $102,367
#3 Dolbeau-Mistassini, Quebec $103,280
#4 La Tuque, Quebec $103,830
#5 Saguenay, Quebec $148,761

It's interesting to see that the province of Quebec holds three of the top spots for Cheapest Places to buy a house in Canada.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Las Tablas Panama For Peace And Quiet

Guest post By Tyler Ramos

If you like the idea of vacationing somewhere quiet yet heavenly, visit Panama. There is no good reason the general tourist public has ignored towns like Las Tablas on the Azuero Peninsula, but they have. Make the most of quiet beaches and inexpensive touring while you still can. The hotel chains will be here before long.

Visitors will notice an old-fashioned atmosphere about the place. Locals travel by horseback in many instances, wearing traditional hand-embroidered clothes which local artisans make. The Los Santos Province culture is largely agrarian and the town acts as a business centre Nuario Mountain is close as well.

Other towns to try include Chitre and Los Santos. They demonstrate a more intense mix of urbanity and old-fashioned influences, with more cars for example. A short flight takes you to Pedasi for fishing tours.

The sea is focal to Panama tourism. Wind surfing and fishing are just two popular sports. Catch amberjack, grouper, yellow fin tuna and more. Naturalists know Isla Cana for its turtle population and the chance to see some hatching during a well-timed visit. Take a boat trip to Isla Iguana to go snorkeling, diving or bird-watching. Book a nature tour or organize one for yourself.

Las Tablas hosts a spring carnival. If you come at the wrong time for their event, there could be another one happening in the region soon. Though colorful and fun, these are also busy times when hotel rooms are scarce and more expensive than otherwise. Other cultural attractions include ornate cathedrals featuring stained glass windows. Also stop by Museo Herrera for a glimpse of pre-Colombian artifacts.

Panama City is a few hours away by car, but visitors do not need a huge city centre to find life. Las Tablas features all of the amenities visitors of every age could need. There are supermarkets, gaming, bars and discos, plus places to plug in your computer for internet connection charged at an hourly rate. Considered a safe country, hospitals are close. This should reassure even the most worried parent.

Finding a hotel is not hard, but they are often small affairs with just a few rooms. This being said, they are also comfortable and inexpensive. Pasada Del Mar provides beachfront bed and breakfast accommodation ten miles from town and just five rooms. Rooms at Hotel La Luna, also on Playa Uverito, provide air conditioning (critical during the hot weather for those unaccustomed) TV, pool and internet. Staff will happily give tourism advice.

City hotels are another option. They situate visitors close to all modern conveniences, including shops with internet access charged per hour. Night life with music and gaming is also available. Do your souvenir shopping, eat local food or check out a place that serves a familiar and comforting dish: pizza.

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Panama For Vacation Anytime

Guest post By Antonio Khatemi

Panama, the nation that links the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, benefits from record tourism. Panama offers its visitors uncultivated beaches, national parks, mountains, shopping, various terrains plus art at matchless prices.

Ask anybody what they've learned about Panama and almost all will mention the famous Panama Canal. Other people may recall Noriega, the former dictator who later regained notoriety for his exile to France.

A noteworthy part of Panama's history occurred while it was "under the Yankee boot". The Yankee boot refers to the 85 years (1914-1999) that the United States controlled the Panama Canal. U.S. occupation left many legacies like the dollarized market, units of measurement (gallons, pounds, etc), use of certain words (a vehicle is parked or something is priti - English pretty) and American vehicles.

The contemporary city of Panama is known as the City of Skyscrapers due to the numerous towers that climb the sky and vie in height and structure. What is striking is that the construction boom exploded only in recent years as a combination of a package of tax benefits bringing internationals and the fact that prior to 1999 the city wasn't allowed to be developed in particular areas. At present, even Donald Trump has put money into multi-million dollar real estate developments in Panama, including a building with a 62-story hotel and marina, much like the Burj Al-Arab, Dubai.

Balboa Avenue, which runs along to the Pacific Ocean, the new Costa del Este (with land reclaimed from the ocean or the Avenue Spain, the capital's financial hub, are the picture of Panama in its new modern and sophisticated era. Panama is also proud to be a matchless shopping mecca.

The remnants of Panama's pre-Columbian and colonial history are sheltered in the old part of town and reveal its historic side. The Spanish landed in Panama in the 1500s. They founded many cities, one of which was Portobelo. Portobelo housed treasures of the Spanish crown until it was sacked by pirates in 1671. In the present day all that is left are the remains of the city's cathedral, homes the clergy lived in and a few massive historical ruins, known as Panama La Vieja. It is located in the midst of thick tropical vegetation outside of Panama City.

Fortunately, the old city's great altar, which was covered in gold, was rescued from the violence of pirates and brought to what is currently Casco Viejo - 'the Old City', where the modern city was rebuilt. There, the narrow cobblestone streets, colonial building fronts and wrought iron balconies reside with clothes hanging from windows, neighbors listening to loud reggaeton, improvised hair salons in the center of a Kuna Indian village beside Kuna Indians selling their colorful textiles (the molas, considered one of the most sophisticated handicrafts in Latin America).

The government recently began rebuilding the neighborhood, starting with buildings in the vicinity of the park and the Palace of the Herons, a presidential home. The former convent, once falling apart, has now been transformed into lofts and the old military facilities have been turned into stores and eateries. Old homes are now home to Panamas boutique hotels.

Some suggest that Panama may become the new Costa Rica, with mega-hotels and resorts dominating areas on the Pacific. However, the difference is that in Panama there are actually still indigenous regions such as Kuna Yala, Embera and Ngobe-Bugle. These are semi-autonomous places where large-scale building projects are strictly forbidden.

These territories are significant since before the Spanish, the Canal, the Americans, Noriega or the skyscrapers ever came to Panama, the natives claimed this place full of fish, trees and butterflies as their home.

But there is so much more to Panama. Over and above the bits of prominent history or the enormous tourist potential of the interoceanic channel, the nation was formerly a Spanish colony, a Colombian state, and an American protectorate with a vastly rich heritage.

Panama is now committed to strengthening its own character. And in part, this means being certain that this individuality is evident in every one of its points of interest, from shores on both sides to the plains, wetlands, mountain forests, historical monuments and shopping centers. And according to the Ministry of Tourism, it appears that this approach isn't affecting the country's tourism business at all. More than 1,000,000 travelers experience Panama every year.

Panama can't help but recognize the amazing tourist prospects it possesses as an interoceanic passage. But there is so much more. The nation also possesses a rich history. It was previously a Spanish colony, a Colombian state, and an American protectorate. Despite its amazing success as a tourist destination, Panama is now dedicated to rebuilding its own personality. In part, this means being certain that this personality, and the history that helped build it, is evident in every one of its attractions, from shores on both coasts to the plains, marshland, mountain forests, historical monuments and shopping malls. According to the Panama Ministry of Tourism, the approach is not harming the country's tourism industry in the least. More than a million travelers experience Panama each year.

While acknowledging the enormous tourist prospects of the interoceanic passage, the country that was once a Spanish colony, a Colombian province, and an American protectorate is now dedicated to strengthening its own identity. And in part, this means ensuring that this character is portrayed in all its points of interest, from the shores on both coasts to the plains, wetlands, mountains, forests, historical monuments and shopping areas. According to Panama's Ministry of Tourism, this approach isn't hurting the country's tourism industry at all. More than a million tourists experience Panama every year.

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Friday, September 10, 2010

Learn The Stunning Scenery And Wildlife With Panama Tourist Attractions

Guest Post By Tyler Ramos

When you are looking for a vacation destination that offers the extremes in beauty, friendliness and adventure, then considering Panama tourist attractions and the country itself will be an important step in your planning. This country has fabulous weather, beautiful scenery, and the people are hospital and friendly.

The world class restaurants, clubs, and dancing that are located throughout Panama City are a great way to spend an exciting holiday for people who enjoy the metropolitan fun and excitement of the city. There are fabulous shopping opportunities and fantastic theatre and museums.

The Parque Metropolitano will treat you to several hundred acres of beautiful park land surrounding the ruins of a historic Spanish town. There are stunning wildlife from both South and Central American to be seen while you are hiking, backpacking or horseback riding through the countryside. Spending the day hiking through the countryside is a great experience and will give a photographer many opportunities to get photos of wildlife, flora and fauna that is not seen in other parts of the world.

If you enjoy fishing and hiking through the mountains and along the crystal clear mountain streams, then a visit to Boquete National Park will be a must. Take a guided tour through the mountain side or hide to one of the beautiful springs that are a great way to end a hike.

For a holiday at the ocean staying at one of the beautiful beachside resorts at Bocas del Toro will be an exciting vacation to remember. There is fabulous ocean and beach activities including snorkeling, scuba diving, boating, and fishing. Or, you might want to spend your days languishing on the beautiful beach.

One of the many oceanside national parks is Bastimentos National Park. This is one of the few parks in the world where a person can enjoy both the beautiful white sand and a swim with the docile manatee. The manatee are often referred to as the mermaid of the ocean because it is thought that they saved drowning sailors after shipwrecks. This beautiful, gentle creatures give added memories to the person who wants to spend the day enjoying swimming and snorkeling.

Another wonderful place to spend time will be the Soberania Park. You can step into the historic past of Panama and walk along the same road that was build when the Spanish first arrived in Panama. The Las Cruces trail was used to carry goods to Panama City and gives hikers an opportunity to see the beautiful interior of the country and parts of the Panama Canal.

One of the most attractive things about visiting Panama is the people. When visiting this fabulous country, you will find that the friendly and warm people are always available to help you if you need to find an event, attraction, restaurant or location. The warmth and hospitality that you will find is unlike any found in the world and will make you want to return to the country often.

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

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Multi National Business Setting Up In Panama

Guest Article by By Tyler Ramos

The Panamanian economy has been expanding exponentially in recent years: and the government has reported rates of approximately 8.5 per cent growth per annum. With such strong economic expansion going on, it is no accident that there are more and more multinational and transnational companies that are shifting there and opening up offices in Panama and trade in the country.

One of the things that has been attracting international investors to the country is that the banking system there is strong and has not suffered any of the collapses that have been seen in some other Latin countries in the recent past as well as in North America and European countries too.

The canal is also under construction with massive expansions taking place and increasing the need for supplies and personnel and expertise from companies around the world. With the expansions also comes the increased ability for the canal to meet higher traffic demands. This expansion project is even bigger than the original canal project, which gives you an idea of the scale of the current project.

The government of the country has been working hard to remove barriers to entry into the markets there and allow businesses to set up and operate more easily than they have in the past. The government has also been working to reduce corruption in the country, which crippled the economy in the past. There are mechanisms being put into place that make the government much more efficient.

A further point to take into account when looking at why investment in the country is booming is that behind Hong Kong it is the largest free trade zone in the world. It also has the largest merchant navy and fleet internationally. There are also plans afoot to build five international airports in the country to facilitate the current demand and all for more flights to land and take off all the time.

On top of the infrastructure and benefits that are put into place by the government, there are other things that can attract people to the country. Some of these things are the geographic location, which is effectively a hub between North and South America and Central America and the Caribbean. As well as this it is not an earthquake danger area and it does not have hurricanes or other natural disasters that are countries in similar regions are prone to.

The economy is increasing drastically and there is more investment than ever before. There are so many compelling reasons for multinationals to be based in the country and lots of companies are only now beginning to understand the benefits to doing business there.

The economy has been growing at an impressive rate thanks to the work of the national government to take full advantage of the natural benefits the country has and the position that it can place itself on an international scale. With more and more multinational companies choosing to open up in Panama, it is likely that we will see the economy continue to grow well into the future.

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Friday, September 3, 2010

The Cheapest Places to Visit in Europe

If you live in the UK you'll appreciate this information. I was reading a blog by Donna Ferguson and she has done some excellent research regarding the cheapest places to visit this summer. Donna is based in the UK so the post is targeted towards those Brits looking at their usual holiday destinations but with that said it really doesn't matter wear you live in the world. If you're thinking of a visit to Europe this data will certainly be helpful and save you some money. At the very least it will aid in your travel plans and give you some ideas on where the cheapest places to stay are.

It looks like Portugal and Spain are the real hot spots for holiday this summer as prices are way down on everything from accommodations to food. Of course a lot of this has been influenced by the declining value of the Euro compared to the British pound. Ferguson notes that prices are down 41% in Portugal over last year and 39% in Spain. Conversely traveling from the UK on pounds would cost 35% more compared to last year. That translated into a pretty poor tourist season for the U.S. at least when it comes to visitors from England.

Check it out! - The cheapest holiday destinations

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Newfoundland remains one of the Cheapest Places to Live in Canada

“If we compare to other markets in Canada, Newfoundland remains one of the most affordable housing markets in the country,” said Chris Janes, the Senior Market Analyst with the CMHC (Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

Janes also said the province is one of the Cheapest Places to Live in Canada despite both employment and income being on the rise.

The average price of a house in Corner Brook, which is certainly one of the cheapest cities to live in, has increased to $187,000 which is a bit of a jump from $162k last year but is still well below average house prices in the rest of the country especially Ontario and British Columbia. Just two years ago houses were just $130,000 here.

Read the Western Star article - Housing costs have gone up, but still affordable