Cost of Living, Italy compared to UK
Hi, Can anyone help me here? My partner tends to think the grass is greener somewhere else. When we were in the UK, Italy was a better place to live, now we are in Italy, he thinks the UK is better (due to costs of living vs salary income).We moved to Italy in 2005, and since then we kind of settled here. We have a nice house, a car each, a motorbike, and we occassionally go out for dinner. However, my partner is not very happy here, and is making his arguments to return to UK. He keeps comparing costs to the UK. When he lived in the UK he lived at home with his parents (they paid for everything and did everything for him). Here in Italy he has had to stand on his own two feet, ie pay the electricity bill etc, telephone bill etc... I on the otherhand, worked in UK (with a reasonable paying job), had a house, and a car, and a daughter to look after. I therefore remember how much had to pay every month and there wasn't very much money at the end of every month. I know costs have gone up everywhere in the world and that this last year has hit everywhere hard economically.Wages here are low, and my partner is worried that he will not ever be able to progress from the salary he is earning. Tax is high here and to be honest I do not see that tax payers here get alot back considering what the government takes. But I think tax in the UK is likely to go up given the huge deficit the country now has.However he is convinced that it is cheaper to live in the UK, and that his salary was much higher (this is accurate, his salary was higher and he paid less tax). However when ever I speak to someone who lives in UK, they say that costs have gone up considerably over there i.e. council tax, train fares, weekly shop,The argument for quality of life is not included in this. This is because we live in a very tranquil area, with stunning scenery. The UK has many social problems that Italy does not have. Please let me know what you think and if you think its easier to make a living in the UK.