202: The Startup City Concept: Francisco Litvay’s Insights

Francisco Litvay Interviewed by Mikkel Thorup on The Expat Money Show

Francisco Litvay is the Co-founder of Settee, an internationalization company. At age 17, he moved from Brazil and, at 21, became a digital nomad, having been in more than 20 countries on 4 continents since then.

He specializes in Special Economic Zones and Charter Cities and is an ambassador for the Free Private Cities Foundation and Head of Internationalization at the Adrianople Group, a business intelligence firm focused on special jurisdictions.



  • Today I chat with Francisco Litvay about the power of free cities and private cities and how they just work better. If you’re new to this idea, listen to the entire podcast, there’s so much we unpack.
  • We discuss the possibility of creating a voluntary system of government and how that can help your business, how you can pay less taxes, and how free zones can help you move to different countries.
  • And if you’ve ever wondered how each of my podcast episodes is connected, week after week, I’ll let you in on the secret during this show.  
  • A fascinating conversation on the practicality of libertarianism, what are the big projects in this space really have legs, things that are up and coming and what Francisco is working on right now.
  • Francisco and I talk about ZEDEs, the concept, and the value they bring to the world. We talk a lot about Honduras and what it will mean to the country, but there are many around the world. 
  • We delve into other jurisdictions like Uruguay and the UAE, how their governments have handled special economic zones, and what the incentives are for businesses set up in these zones.
  • You’ve decided that you love the idea of a free zone, and you want to participate; Francisco discusses the company formation side, the banking side, the living side, and anything you can actually do to increase your own freedom using this vehicle and this varies from country to country, so listen carefully.
  • Special Economic Zones in Africa? Countries like São Tomé and Príncipe or Nigeria. Maybe these are great alternative countries and islands that we should look at?
  • If you want to see where all of the special economic zones are across the world, basically every zone on earth, go to Open Zone Map. If it’s a charter city, a free zone, a free port, private or public, or if you really want to learn about zones and see where there are opportunities close to you, check out the open zone map; I’ll give you the link below.



Adrianople Grouphttps://www.adrianoplegroup.com

Open Zone Maphttps://www.openzonemap.com

Internationalization website (for Portuguese Speakers): https://settee.io

Francisco’s contact: @franlitvay on every social media


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This is a super exciting topic for my clients and for me. I love learning about ZEDEs, free private cities, and special economic zones around the world. I’m also grateful to be connected with people who really understand what’s going on in the world today.

Don’t miss this episode!


About The Host, Mikkel Thorup

Mikkel Thorup; the host of The Expat Money Show, has 20+ years in continual travel around the world, visiting more than 100 countries including Colombia, North Korea, Zimbabwe and Iran.

His goal now is to help Expats just like you to generate additional streams of income, eliminate your tax bill, and take advantage of offshore structures so you can travel the world freely and never have to worry about money again.

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