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View Poll Results: Worst "Rich" Countries to Live in?
Bahamas 7 12.73%
Panama 5 9.09%
Saint Kitts & Nevis 7 12.73%
Antigua & Barbuda 6 10.91%
Trinidad & Tobago 6 10.91%
Ìceland 6 10.91%
Finland 7 12.73%
Estonia 6 10.91%
Latvia 5 9.09%
Lithuania 7 12.73%
Poland 5 9.09%
Slovakia 4 7.27%
Hungary 6 10.91%
Equatorial Guinea 32 58.18%
Gabon 17 30.91%
Seychelles 10 18.18%
Oman 16 29.09%
United Arab Emirates 14 25.45%
Qatar 20 36.36%
Bahrain 19 34.55%
Kuwait 19 34.55%
Israel 10 18.18%
Russia 18 32.73%
Kazakhstan 20 36.36%
Malaysia 12 21.82%
Brunei 18 32.73%
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Old 09-23-2015, 03:39 AM
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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My top 10 favorite Economically "Poor" Countries:

Romania (Technically on the borderline cusp between wealthy and poor. Average annual income $19,000, yet in the top 5 metropolitan areas $20,000-$39,000. These above average anomalies are inherent on every country)

Mainland China (Turkey and Mainland China have a common similarity with Romania's mixed situation. Technically all of these countries have their fair significant middle class, and upper wealthy class at the same time. When people visit they all don't feel too poor in the main destination zones)

Why on Earth Colombia and Philippines? Explain your reasoning.

Russia is not universally regarded as a wealthy country.

Beautiful ladies, active nightlife, nice nature (beaches, forests), inexpensive.
Not that strange of a choice compared to Azerbaijan/Georgia.

True but the stats show us that the gdp (ppp) per capita of Russia is above $20k.
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Old 09-23-2015, 05:46 AM
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Ironically, Romanians and tourists in the main metropolitan cities eat authentic Italian cuisine much more than native Romanian cuisine. I had even better Pasta, and Pizza in Romania than Italy. Constanta finally has a Chinese restaurant. Bucharest has tons of Indian restaurants(I wonder if the Roma Gypsies make this occur). I rarely stumbled upon any authentic Romanian restaurants where I visited in Romania while Italian cuisine was a ubiquitous phenomenon.
Chinese restaurants are everywhere. Where there sushi restaurants? Usually those are slightly less common.

As far as I know, Roma food is mostly like Balkan/Ottoman food. The Indian restaurants are probably from Pakistani/Bangladeshi immigrants.

The fact that the Italian food is very good is quite interesting. If I ever make it up there, I'll be sure to try it.

Sarmale(Stuffed Rice Meat Cabbage Rolls vaguely like Spring Rolls except ultra Eastern European not Asian at all) Chiftele(Stuffed meatballs), and Vin Friptura(Steak with Wine) are the best authentic Romanian cuisine meal items.
Sarma and Köfte are Ottoman imports, though I'm sure that Romanians put their own twist on them.

What's the alcohol culture like? I know that they have been making the stuff for millennia, so it ought to be pretty good.
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Old 09-24-2015, 06:11 AM
Location: Finland
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Originally Posted by caribny View Post
Wouldn't say that Finland is the worst, but those winters definitely put it in the bottom 3rd. How long are those winters? That is another issue.
Despite some stereotypes and like the latitude might suggest, we are not living in an icebox. The winters here in the South where most people live are equal to what you find in upstate NY and the Great Lakes region, and milder than in most population centres of Canada. While the shoulder seasons are a bit cooler, they are not much different than spring and fall in Montréal or Maine. Snow is on the ground usually from late December to late March, and a white Christmas is nowhere guaranteed. Low temps in negative Fahrenheit occurs a handful of nights a year. Summer temps range from high 60's to mid 80's F, around the same that you'll find in Seattle or Vancouver.

While our climate is definitely not a plus, putting Finland in the bottom 3rd seems to me to be exessive. What can be taken as a plus is that we dont have oppressive heatwaves, severe hurricanes, monster blizzards or tropical diseases, and the most dangerous animal here is the common wasp.
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Old 10-31-2015, 10:29 PM
Location: Sydney, Australia
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Where do I start? Most of them are horrible in a way.

The Middle Eastern ones for the hot weather and prejudice against gays.

Russia and Eastern Europe for the same reason (and cold weather).

Malaysia is too hot and it's not the "type" of city I'd go for, as with the other tropical cities listed there.
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Old 05-15-2016, 08:21 PM
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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Originally Posted by Ethereal View Post

Malaysia is too hot and it's not the "type" of city I'd go for, as with the other tropical cities listed there.
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