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Poll: Have you ever considered moving to a country with lower costs of living?
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MariusJacobsen  Identity Verified
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For those of you who have moved... Mar 20, 2009

I'd love to hear where you ended up! And did it have a positive impact on your financial situation or did it just complicate things? Since I'm considering it (actually planning on moving), I'd find it really interesting to hear some of your experiences.

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caro.tulu
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The other way around... Mar 20, 2009

Since I moved to Estonia, I realized how cheap it was to live in the U.S. as compared to here! I'm sure the cost of living differs in various places in the U.S., but where I lived before, I only paid half the cost for rent and had more space and higher quality. I'm definitely considering moving back!

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Yasutomo Kanazawa  Identity Verified
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I live in the most expensive city in the world Mar 20, 2009

Since I live in the most expensive city and country in the world, wherever I move to, I would be living in a country with lower costs compared to my native country.

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Gianluca Marras  Identity Verified
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I will Mar 20, 2009

... but with two children (1 month and 3 years), I think I have to wait...

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MariusJacobsen  Identity Verified
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Surprising Mar 20, 2009

Caroline Tulubjeva wrote:

Since I moved to Estonia, I realized how cheap it was to live in the U.S. as compared to here! I'm sure the cost of living differs in various places in the U.S., but where I lived before, I only paid half the cost for rent and had more space and higher quality. I'm definitely considering moving back!


So Estonia is more expensive than the U.S? That's surprising. I grew up in the U.S. and currently live in Europe, and even though Europe is generally more expensive than the U.S., I thought Estonia was one of the cheaper countries. I guess it also depends on where you live. City center, outskirts, country-side, etc.


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Paul Adie  Identity Verified
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Estonia expensive? Mar 20, 2009

I have no idea about the cost of living in the US, but when I was in Tallinn for 4 months I found that it was much cheaper to live there than in the UK. Would love to go back for a holiday sometime! I miss the fairytale buildings. And the brilliant jewellery shops!

Paul


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Cristina Heraud-van Tol  Identity Verified
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I am already there! Mar 20, 2009

Hi!

I am Peruvian and live here in Peru, a country with very low costs of living. Everything goes fine and my family and I enjoy a standard-to-high lifestyle. Perhaps I should move to African countries, China or India to see even lower prices...


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Oleksandr Kupriyanchuk  Identity Verified
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Yes, to a country with lower costs of living Mar 20, 2009

... BUT with fewer hurdles for work and earning.

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MariusJacobsen  Identity Verified
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Agree Mar 20, 2009

Alexander Kupriyanchuk wrote:

... BUT with fewer hurdles for work and earning.


Very good point.


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aliveic
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a common case in the developing countries Mar 20, 2009

MariusJacobsen wrote:

Caroline Tulubjeva wrote:

Since I moved to Estonia, I realized how cheap it was to live in the U.S. as compared to here! I'm sure the cost of living differs in various places in the U.S., but where I lived before, I only paid half the cost for rent and had more space and higher quality. I'm definitely considering moving back!


So Estonia is more expensive than the U.S? That's surprising. I grew up in the U.S. and currently live in Europe, and even though Europe is generally more expensive than the U.S., I thought Estonia was one of the cheaper countries. I guess it also depends on where you live. City center, outskirts, country-side, etc.


The markets in such places and especially the house market which in most cases is the base ground on which all emerging markets build their lives, suffer from very volatile prices. When they grow the rate is usually higher than in the more settled places, when they fall - they could fall deeper although sometimes with a delay in time. Add inflation to this and not having the opportunity to get the salary you normally get when you live in a more developed country and you end up with a comparatively higher cost of living.

There are other reasons of course, but this is just a simple overview of the picture.

[Edited at 2009-03-20 13:28 GMT]


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Caroline Devitt  Identity Verified
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Yes, but not for that reason. Mar 20, 2009

I have moved to a country (two countries, in fact) with lower costs of living, but for other reasons.

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Angela Dickson  Identity Verified
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not really Mar 20, 2009

I'm (vaguely) considering a move to Germany, which is possibly more expensive than the UK, depending on which part I end up in. After a couple of years I'd anticipate that my German would be good enough that I could start offering German>English translation (it's not bad now, but I'm not confident enough yet), and this ought to more than make up for the increased living costs.

I imagine this could be a consideration, wherever you want to move to - can I learn another language as part of this deal, and how will this affect my future earning capacity?


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Nandini Vivek
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India - not quite that cheap for a comparable standard of living Mar 20, 2009

Cristina Heraud-van Tol wrote:

Perhaps I should move to African countries, China or India to see even lower prices...



I lived in the US for three years from 2005 -2008 and last year moved back to my home country, India. And I find that the US was comparatively cheaper for similar standard of living vis a vis Mumbai where I live currently. But then I find a drastic increase in the costs of everything suddenly over the past 2-3 years in India. Things were not this expensive in Mumbai when I relocated to the US in 2005.


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Sonja Kroll  Identity Verified
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No. Mar 20, 2009

I might get the impression that I misuse low standards for my purposes. And I would definitely not appreciate sitting there in a fat house surrounded by poverty, to put it straight.
(What if the living standards evolve? Do I head for the next poor country?)

[Bearbeitet am 2009-03-20 16:51 GMT]


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