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Old 04-18-2022, 06:59 AM
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Too bad as Greece is good for living with very nice weather and a lax lifestyle. But if you're not a pensioner it must be boringly dull to live in places where most expats tend to be retirees like most Greek islands, smaller cities and towns and similar places in Italy, Portugal and the Spanish coasts.

A country has better future if it attracts young foreigners, preferably of the educated/working kind.

Almost all countries in Europe already have aging local populations so attracting the retirees is not good for the host countries.

For example if you visit Marbella in Spain, Pomorie in Bulgaria or Karlovy Vary in Czechia you'll notice they feel like British or Russian nursing homes.

That makes many economically active young people to avoid those places for relocation/works while ironically the elderly need younger people to service and cater to them. Becaused let's be honest, young people prefer living with other young people and there are many youthful middle-aged folks that also try to avoid retiree havens as they prefer being surrounded by younger, hip people. While retiree expats invest in properties more than many young and even middle-aged professionals, they are a huge burden for the understaffed and underpaid local medical systems. They're also the ones the most unwilling to adapt to new ways, languages and cultures and create the dreaded-by-locals "retiree enclaves".
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Old 07-14-2022, 05:50 PM
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Northern Italy (i.e. everything from Rome to the north) is more or less equal to Sweden in GDP per capita. Southern Italy which is about 20 million people is the part that brings Italy down statistically, although it's incredibly beautiful.

In Spain, I went to Madrid, Catalonia, and the Basque County which are all at the level of Sweden in terms of GDP per capita. One city that definitely felt like Scandinavia was San Sebastián. All the streets are lined with trees and landscaped and lined with modern, upscale-looking apartment buildings.

Northern Spain from San Sebastián to Asturias looks like Austria. Some of the southern coastal cities of Spain are also thriving. Spain is extremely nice.

In Italy I went to Bologna, which is Italy's university city, and that whole region is where Ferrari, Maserati, and Lamborghini are made. Florence is also in the area and is immaculate. I also noticed in Italy how nicely dressed, groomed, and stylish everyone looked. Both of these countries are very much first world.
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Old 07-17-2022, 11:05 AM
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Originally Posted by viribusunitis View Post
Dude, have you seen the buildings they are living in?

They can't even effort to renovate them. Definitely 3rd-worldish.

You need to travel more in the US.
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Old 07-18-2022, 12:00 AM
Location: White Rock BC
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Spain, Italy, and Portugal certainly but Greece, not so much.
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Old 07-18-2022, 07:30 PM
Location: Florida
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Spain and Italy (northern at least). Portugal is a step lower and Greece is a step lower beyond that.
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Old 07-31-2022, 07:22 PM
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I saw a list today that shows San Sebastián, Spain to be the safest city in Europe, above Zurich, Munich, and Copenhagen. I visited San Sebastián and it reminded me of Scandinavia. Clean, modern, landscaped, and well-designed.
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