More will follow as the Marketplace gains momentum.

“In doing so, we discovered that single expats face the added difficulty of meeting singles and figuring out how to go about dating in their new country, as etiquette and rules vary widely.

We set up Expatica Dating to help them find their way through this minefield and into a loving and fulfilling relationship while living abroad.” There are 10 different categories in this year’s dating awards, including Best Niche Dating Site, Online Dating Brand of the Year, Dating App of the Year, Dating Expert of the Year and Best New Dating App among others. Meet the most eligible inter­nationals at Expatica Date in more than 60 countries worldwide.

Simoncini will retain the balance of his stake (approximately 1.6 million shares, representing approximately 7 percent of the total number of shares outstanding) and intends to remain on Meetic’s Board.

The two companies say that Meetic’s executive committee supports the decision.

Through its websites, Expatica reaches around three million internationals worldwide per month.

“From the moment Expatica was established in 2000, it has been our dual aim to provide expats with the news and information they need to set up their life abroad as well as to help them connect,” said operations manager Danielle de Groot.

And the company bought People Media for million in 2009. On paper, the site sees to be expand the company’s reach and revenue.

The site is available in 16 European countries, in 13 languages.

This would probably be one of the dating site’s largest acquisitions to date.