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by zocab
Mon Aug 12, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: DIY software development and/or electronics?
Replies: 22
Views: 3762

Re: DIY software development and/or electronics?

Some hobbyist and later open source programming is what eventually lead to my actual "career". My degree is vaguely related but not actually useful for the work I do. Programmable blinds sound like a great idea, currently I just use a commercial wakeup "lamp" instead (bought before I knew what I was...
by zocab
Mon Aug 12, 2019 1:22 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Obtaining a Second Passport
Replies: 105
Views: 20212

Re: Obtaining a Second Passport

So, now, I guess which is easiest/best. Canada checks a lot of boxes with English-speaking, healthcare, and close to the US in terms of distance and culture. But it is a minimum 3 year permanent residency from what I can tell. And there are a lot of steps to take. Culture and language really are bi...
by zocab
Sun Aug 11, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Obtaining a Second Passport
Replies: 105
Views: 20212

Re: Obtaining a Second Passport

@zocab - Do you know if these treaties cover actual mobilisation? For example, will the Swiss+French citizen who escaped military service in CH by having pretended to have done it in FR be exempt from mobilisation in CH? This is explicitly covered in the treaty, only the country where you opted to ...
by zocab
Sat Aug 10, 2019 8:32 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Obtaining a Second Passport
Replies: 105
Views: 20212

Re: Obtaining a Second Passport

One advantage of being a dual citizen of certain countries: the ability to potentially skip military service. Switzerland has compulsory military service for male citizens. But: they also have treaties with certain countries covering military service for dual-citizens, which allows some dual citizen...
by zocab
Sat Aug 10, 2019 8:07 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Experiences with Revolut/Transferwise
Replies: 4
Views: 564

Re: Experiences with Revolut/Transferwise

Anybody have any experience with these types of service? I just opened a Revolut account, it took me 3 mins and 10€, so I figured no big risk. What lured me in is the possibility to transfer money internationally at the interbank rate, with zero fees up to something like 5000€ per month. That's a p...
by zocab
Sun Aug 04, 2019 7:00 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Trading Fees For Foreign Exchanges
Replies: 9
Views: 828

Re: Trading Fees For Foreign Exchanges

I tested out purchasing a share on my ETRADE account. I did not have the same issue with special fees, just the normal commission. [...snip...] I don't know how fees compare, but Interactive Brokers are also a good option for trading (A) specialty things and (B) around the world (including for non-...
by zocab
Fri Jul 26, 2019 1:32 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Obtaining a Second Passport
Replies: 105
Views: 20212

Re: Obtaining a Second Passport

This wouldn't happen if you just had the sole citizenship, because then you'd end up stateless, and it's a bad look if a government is going around rendering people stateless. It's a bad look, but countries have done it. The US and the UK are the main examples I know of, those 2 countries don't rea...
by zocab
Fri Jul 26, 2019 1:27 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Obtaining a Second Passport
Replies: 105
Views: 20212

Re: Obtaining a Second Passport

There's one interesting (and honestly cute) thing I keep seeing: the issue of taxation. It's worth pointing out that citizenship-based taxation isn't a thing. The US and Eritrea are the 2 exceptions that prove the rule. You aren't going to have issues as e.g. a Bulgarian-Canadian dual citizen living...