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Is The Grass Always Greener?

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Having watched the whole situation in the UK failing to improve (despite what we are told by the powers that be) over the last 10 years in the UK I have questioned 'Do I really need to stay in the UK and/or buy a house here'

With this in mind (and knowing we have a variety of opinions from those who have stayed in the UK or moved overseas) I would like peoples opinions on the subject i.e. are things really better in another country. If appreciate that anybody who comments will have biases and it is sometimes difficult to be honest when you have mad a mistake (or look on the bright side) but can people focus on:-

Quality of personal day-to-day life (i.e expenses, housing, work/life balance)

Quality of sociological life (i.e liberty, politics, society)

Age stage and considerations (i.e considerations/facilities for each life stage such as mid-age, retirement etc)

Be interesting to get others opinions as against my own which are based on living/working in Germany between 2004-2008. I lived in a small town in the north and found the following:-

Quality of day-to-day = about a third cheaper than UK for most things (i.e I had about 30% more buying power), housing was of good quality and secure/well managed, work/life balance? people were expected to work efficiently but also expected to 'Have a life'.

Sociological = Quite bureaucratic, didn't really know about politics, people on the whole seemed to expect societal niceties/expected behaviour and conduct.

Age stage = I had private health plan but from what I could see their health system was efficient, social benefits were available but not an 'easy ride'.

Your thoughts/experiences?

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