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An expat's guide to the U.S.

Large in geographical size and national ambition, the United States of America (U.S.) is home to 328,564,102 people. Occupying a land mass of some 9,147,420 Km2 (3,531,837 square miles), approximately the size of the continent of Europe, the U.S. is huge.

The U.S. comprises a political union of 50 states; 48 are geographically connected to each other and two are separate: Hawaii, a cluster of islands in the Pacific Ocean, and Alaska to the north of the U.S. and separated by Canada, both joined the U.S. in 1959. Although it is a single country, the states that make up the U.S. often have different laws and traditions and are fiercely independent.

Known as a country of opportunity and famous for its promotion of ‘the American dream,’ the U.S. is a fantastic country for expats. The respective states differ enormously, and if your work places you in California, you’ll enjoy a different experience from another expat working in Texas or New York.

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