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Culture shock experiences from expats

What is Culture Shock? How does it develop over time? Here you can find an introduction to culture shock and accounts from expats about their experience with it.

Cultural shock

If you have ever felt in the wrong place after moving to a new city, or went through a stage of continuously criticizing people around you after expatriating, or felt irritable after relocating, you’ve probably suffered from culture shock.

Symptoms

You may not even have known you were suffering from culture shock.
Did you experienced some to several of the following symptoms sometime after relocating abroad or to another part of your own country?

  • Homesickness
  • Night unrest
  • Disliking locals
  • Tendency to criticize local customs
  • Judging local customs as (partly) immoral
  • Considering native culture as ideal
  • Appearance of new physical ailments
  • Being highly irritable by small issues
  • Feeling alone
  • Feeling inadequate
  • Depression
  • Voluntary isolation from others

These are typical symptoms of culture shock

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Best countries to move to according to your needs: the Better Life Index

A grafic country rating on 11 different topics

A grafic country rating on 11 different topics

Even when people have the opportunity and the willingness to move their whole life abroad for whatever reason, it can be difficult to choose what country is the best.
Some have a dream country, but it’s not like that for everybody. Many just would know they want to move abroad, but aren’t sure where to.

I’ve personally been through that: years ago I knew for sure I wanted to leave Italy (or I should say flee), but I had no idea which country best suited my needs and my nature.
I knew for sure that I wanted to move to a less-corrupted country. I liked the abundance of opportunities that the US can offer. I loved Australia’s quality of life. I was attracted by the culture of some European countries like the UK, Switzerland and Germany.

If you are going through this yourself, please check out the Better Life Index web page.

The better life index

The OECD’s Better Life Index is an indicator that takes in account eleven different aspects in quality of life and rates countries basing on all of them or part of them. They call them “topics”.

You can rate the different topics independently from a minimum to a maximum and check what countries score best according to what aspects are most important in life to you.

The different life topics are:

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