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Monday, February 27th, 2017
foreigners working in italy
Working at an International Organization in Italy. Ph. UN logo Public Domain on wikimedia     Italy is among the top 8 economies in the world and, although its companies are usually small sized in comparison with other industrialized countries, there is still a lot of room for foreigners to come and work in the "Bel Paese". Rome and Milan are the biggest cities, and clearly attract more working force: while Rome seems to be first choice for those working in politics and diplomacy, Milan's
Tuesday, February 21st, 2017
McDonald's in Italy
Mc Donald's logo   It was the mid-80's when McDonald's opened its first restaurant in Rome, taking the spot of a very prestigious bar, right off the Spanish Steps, across from the Spanish Embassy and right next to Valentino's headquarters. It was a drastic move. While McDonald's had ample experience moving into new markets, Italy was especially difficult. The demanding clientele and  the quality of ingredients used within the country, made a lot of fast food unpopular. Despite these issues,
Tuesday, January 24th, 2017
working hours italy
  Working hours in Italy   It is impossible to generalize and pinpoint the standard timetable of a typical Italian working day, as it usually depends on which job one has, the company one works for and, at times, their sector of expertise. Nevertheless, the average workday usually lasts 8 hours, although some go to work earlier than others and some finish later.   However, work rights are common to every type of worker regardless of their job; in fact, as far as working
Saturday, July 23rd, 2016
financial scenario italy
Current financial scenario in Italy   Let's start with one point and make it very loud and clear: "Italy will never default". Italy is rich and is the 5th largest economy in the world. Italy represents 20% of the entire EU GDP and just to put things in perspective the GDP of the city of Rome alone is higher than the entire New Zealand's.   That being said, of course the world financial scenario is a disaster and Italy has its share of problems, just like any other western country has; however
Friday, February 5th, 2016
best blogs about Italy
Read the stories by someone living in Italy, check out our suggested Best Blogs about Italy. Venice.   If you have a good up-to-date Blog about Italy in English please contact us and we will add it to this list - ( A reciprocal link is welcome )   About Abruzzo This site is dedicated to thoughts, comments and photographs relating to Abruzzo, Italy. Aglio Olio E Peperoncino A great blog about Italian food with good images. An American In Italy An American woman living in
Saturday, October 10th, 2015
business in italy
    Doing business with Italians may require to know some things (Sandra Druschke/flickr   While technology is rife in Italy, in many ways communication remains an old fashioned business. Sure, there are text messages and companies are increasingly using Voip and Skype, but by and large Italians do not employ as much technology as other countries due to a certain kind of psychological block favoring phones and faxes. If you're from a country where companies routinely reply to
Friday, January 31st, 2014
Doing business in Italy can be a complicated affair. Italian bureaucracy is notorious for its convoluted Byzantinisms, and many things are not self-evident. At the very least, you'll have mountains of documents and forms to compile, taxes to pay and offices to visit: and that's even before starting your activity. Businessmen in Milan Once you are up and running, you'll have to deal with the typical Italian way of conducting business, which means you need to know how to
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Where ever business takes you, learning the culture, etiquette and protocol of the host country is a key step to success. Italy is no exception. Just as you would prepare your presentation before a big meeting, it's important to prepare yourself by understanding the Italian customs, protocol and etiquette in a business setting. Because Italy is a highly individualistic society, one that emphasizes family ties and individual responsibility, Italians generally prefer
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Doing business in Italy: some cultural conventions to know   Cultural factors and influences play a key role even when it comes to talking about doing business. We know that Americans take very much into account the cultural context they work within, while it is not exactly the same for Italians, who believe culture doesn't influence a successful business result. Perhaps they are sometimes too influenced by their habits and customs in their business decisions.   Therefore, when doing
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Like many other countries, the Italian workplace has its problems: one that is specific to this country, though, and quite serious, is mobbing. The word "mobbing" is a borrowing from English and does not have an Italian equivalent. The English loanword is now part of Italian's own terminology, and describes a widespread phenomenon, the effects of which are dangerous for both for the victim and society as a whole . Mobbing is usually defined as intimidating or  aggressive behavior towards an
Friday, June 1st, 2012
In Italy, just as in the United States, quite a diverse set of tools  can be used when looking for a job . While different natures and strategies, these days such tools have a common link: the internet. The internet has become an invaluable tool when job searching: along with online job postings, one can also go through newspapers, employment exchanges, information centers, employment agencies and the Chamber of Commerce.   Before the dawn of the internet the Wanted ads in newspapers were
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Employment in Italy   As in many other places in the world, today Italy is experiencing a challenging time with regard to work and jobs. The economic downturn that has touched so many has caused problems in Italy as well. When discussing job situation in Italy it is also important to remember that it is a complex one and not homogeneous throughout the country. The job situation is different in the northern, central and the southern regions of the country. There is a sharp contrast