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Best Place To Live In Europe?  
User currently offlineKeesje From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 4636 times:

Following a similar subject on the US, what do you think is the best place to live in Europe ?

Welfare, criminality, nature, climate, social security, education, culture, food, livery of the national airline ..



hmm difficult .. very different places .

If you had to move to Europe, what place ?

Tuscany ? Cornwell ? Davos ? Haarlem ? Grenoble ?


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User currently offlineQantas077 From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 5869 posts, RR: 39
Reply 1, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 4619 times:

Greek Islands.

dont know which one, but you could take your pick!



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User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 35
Reply 2, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 4611 times:

French Riviera.

Great Scenery, Great weather, by the coast and close to the Alps and Ski Resorts, good food and majestic cities!


User currently offlineEGFFbmi From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 4603 times:

Brecon - Mid Wales

Great Scenery, Nice weather (most of the time), excellent for walking and bike riding, near Cardiff but not too close, lovely people, not too far from CWL.. if you wanted to jet off somewhere..oh and it's very right wing up there!  Big thumbs up



User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 35
Reply 4, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 4594 times:

Agreed, Brecon! The people are so nice there, and the weather is great! Also, there is only one terrorist organization, with 3 members and run on a farm in the hills, dedicated to stop England from taking Water from Wales!! Yes!

Nice try but Wales goes down as one of the worst places to live in Europe, the title quite clearly says BEST  Laugh out loud


User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14139 posts, RR: 63
Reply 5, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 4590 times:

Definitely somewhere in the Mediterranean region. I like Spain ( not the touristy places) and I´ve been working in Italyfor a while. If the salaries would be a little bit better I´d be there already. Another place, outside Europe, I´d like to live in are the Philippines, if possible somewhere in the province.

Jan


User currently offlineBen From Switzerland, joined Aug 1999, 1391 posts, RR: 50
Reply 6, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 4588 times:

1. Moscow
2. Sofia
3. St. Petersburg
4. London (currently living here)
5. Transylvania, Romania
6. Lower Saxony or Bavaria, Germany
7. Ireland
8. The west of England.
9. Kiev, Crimea or Odessa, Ukraine.


User currently offlineJkw777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 4582 times:

Denmark  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Justin  Big thumbs up


User currently offlineSonic From Lithuania, joined Jan 2000, 1670 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 4578 times:

Lithuania

Welfare/social security - good and improving. However, too leftist I might say (at least for me). However, it's the same in other European countries too.

Criminality - relatively safe (if compared to USA at least), no terrorism or freedom seeking breakaway provinces.

Nature - forests, lakes, seashore... What's most important that unlike western Europe most of it is not private and you can sunbathe in (almost) wild nature. Number of people per square kilometer is also not big (60 people)

Climate - good. Only few days in summers (if at all) are very hot, it's never over 40C. Only few days in winter (if at all) are cold. Although you will be able to see and feel snow during most Christmas, but it shouldn't be more than -5C in days (and temperatures are raising with greenhouse effect).

Food - very good (at least for me). But some foreigners somehow has different tastes  Smile .

Education - very good. Especially high school education, while universities are also good and there are big competitions to join them (although, I will admit, they are not better than their counterparts in England, but also they are much cheaper (highest cost is 150 Euros per semester as specified by ministry of education)).

Culture - well, culture is one of the things you either like or don't like. I like my culture and it is not that different from other European ones, however, it has it's own finer points too.

Livery of the national airline - check my profile picture catalogs to see all liveries of Lithuanian Airlines. There is also Air Lithuania and Aurela.


User currently offlineEGFFbmi From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 4577 times:

Well do you know that if Wales did stop supplying England with water there would be a water crisis..



User currently offlineQantasforever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 4570 times:

Monaco - lovely climate, lots of things to do - top notch public services - close to Italy, the rest of the french riviera and of course the alps!

QFF


User currently offlineJAL777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 4563 times:

If money was no object... I'd pick London.

If money was an issue, somewhere along the Spanish Mediterranean without any tourists.


User currently offlineLeviticus From New Zealand, joined Oct 2007, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 4562 times:

I have visited every country in Europe except Russia and I have my favorites, the best places to live would probably be Andorra, Ireland, Switzerland or The Netherlands (even maybe the French countryside). I actually hate Sweden which suppose to be my home and everything, Stockholm is one of the crappiest places I have ever been too. And yes, I am about to move  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


[Edited 2004-02-13 23:58:30]

User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 35
Reply 13, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 4561 times:

Well do you know that if Wales did stop supplying England with water there would be a water crisis..

Yes, thats how I knew there was a terrorist organization in Wales dedicated to making this reality! The reason being because of the great weather you get there!


User currently offlineKay From France, joined Mar 2002, 1884 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 4552 times:

If you need to live in a place where there is very little traffic, very little pollution, no narrow roads, spaced out buildings, beautiful sceneries, a lot of history, music and other forms of arts and culture, but you don't mind alot of snow, Vienna is your only bet. Definitely the healthiest quality of life.

If you don't mind a step back towards traffic and pollution and a noisy and loud population, but would like mediterranean weather plus all the above attributes, then Rome or Florence are what you're looking for.

Paris is beautiful but we can't say the same about the millions of habitants that come from the suburbs and suffocate and pollute the city everyday. Greace is beautiful but Greek people will yell at you if you ask anything (the French do that sometimes too). The islands are a dream and the best place I've ever travelled for a vacation. But they are not a realistic place to live of course. Only to visit. Unless you want to rent-out jet-skis or smthg.

London is too cold. Edinbourgh is a cosy place, but you have to put up with even more cold.
among the places I've visited, Rome or Florence would be my choices.


User currently offlineEGFFbmi From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 4543 times:

Yes, thats how I knew there was a terrorist organization in Wales dedicated to making this reality! The reason being because of the great weather you get there!

Let's hope that idiots never cut off the water supply.. as much as I don't like England they are still my countrymen.. and would be ashamed to be called Welsh if anything like this did occur.. BTW.. Mid Wales get's the really bad weather and it is collected in the Beacons.. I don't live near Brecon i live in Rogerstone about 5 miles from Newport!


User currently offlineBobrayner From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2003, 2227 posts, RR: 6
Reply 16, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4530 times:

Climate - good. Only few days in summers (if at all) are very hot, it's never over 40C. Only few days in winter (if at all) are cold. Although you will be able to see and feel snow during most Christmas, but it shouldn't be more than -5C in days (and temperatures are raising with greenhouse effect).

What's your definition of cold? I nearly turned into an icicle in Lithuania last winter!  Smile



Cunning linguist
User currently offlineSonic From Lithuania, joined Jan 2000, 1670 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4516 times:

Cold is ussually below -5C or -10C, very cold - below -15C or -20C, while extremely cold - below -25C or -30C  Smile . All homes and offices are sufficiently heated however, and -30C temperatures are an anomaly now (probably happening once in seven or ten years), while generally temperatures below -10C in days are rare. Sadly (for me at least), but winters has less and less snow here (although now there is some snow on the roof infront my windows)...

Here are some climate charts of year 2003:
http://www.is.lt/meteo/apzvalga.htm


User currently offlineDonder10 From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 6660 posts, RR: 21
Reply 18, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 4508 times:

Reunion has some very nice areas if you stretch the definition.

User currently offlineLeviticus From New Zealand, joined Oct 2007, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 4501 times:


Donder10, well then how about St. Martin, just beside SXM ? It is the Netherlands is it not ?  Wink/being sarcastic


User currently offlineCPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 6054 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 4480 times:

Justin,
you want to move to Denmark, eh? Better talk to Colin Abbot (Europix), perhaps he can change your mind  Laugh out loud

Criminality:
We tend to have the strangest people put behind bars, last time a major scam was unveiled it was someone on the verge of being a midget who was put in jail.

Nature
What can I say, the highest point in Denmark (which we for some reason decided to call Sky Mountain) is 130-odd metres high. Go figure. We've got plenty of water, though.

Climate
Pretty miserable most of the year. Not enough snow for skiing, not enough sun for tanning, go figure.

Social Security
You get paid for doing nothing, and the lowest wages in Denmark is not much more than the unemployment check. So needless to say, not everyone is anxious to get to work.

Education
Pretty good I suppose, though everyone and their mother is bitching about overcrowded classrooms (nevermind that it's the lowest figure in Europe).

Culture
None that I know of, except a major rock festival every year.

Food
Meat, meat, meat, some potatoes and some more meatballs - oh, and the odd Big Mac meal every now and then.

Livery of the national airline
It's SAS - go figure, it's not the hippest livery around.


User currently offlineBNE From Australia, joined Mar 2000, 3189 posts, RR: 12
Reply 21, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 4471 times:

London, don't real know why, weather would suck, but heaps of Aussies go and live there.
or
Greek Islands, There is an ad on the radio for a lottery and one of the destinations suggested is the Greek Islands.



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User currently offlineTeva From France, joined Jan 2001, 1875 posts, RR: 15
Reply 22, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 4432 times:

1) Toulouse: the old city , its monuments and athmosphere; the gastronomy (confit, foie gras, cassoulet...); Airbus; about 2 hours away from ski resorts, Spain, ocean and sea.

2) South of Alsace: culture (museums, castles, events) ,food and wine; close to Switzerland and Germany (good tip: live in Alsace and work in the Basel area...)

3) Slovenjia (see the post about easyjet launching the flt on the civil aviation forum)

teva



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User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7966 posts, RR: 12
Reply 23, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 4405 times:

One of the most pitoresque places I have ever seen in Europe is the Italian island of Capri. Too bad, Capri is crowded from tourists.

Elba is nice and so is the Provence/Alsace. Weather permitting, the Scottish Higlands along the westcoast and the Norwegian fjords are impressive as well.

I guess, I would choose Elba.



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User currently offlineAlcregular From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (10 years 10 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 4308 times:

Amsterdam: all those cafes with certain menus and the window displays...

25 Post contains images NoUFO : Amsterdam: all those cafes with certain menus and the window displays.. Pfffhh, ever been to Berlin, district of Prenzlauer Berg? One of the numerous
26 Post contains images Sabena332 : Definitely somewhere at the Spanish Mediterranean coast because: The climate is very mild there, even in the winter The food is excellent The night li
27 Alcregular : For me it's definately Benidorm cos i used to live there before and hopefully will go back soon. the year-round sun and warm climate, excellent nightl
28 Kolobokman : St. Petersburg reason: people
29 Andz : Freiburg in the Black Forest region of Germany. University town with bags of history, close to Switzerland and France, half an hour from Euroairport B
30 9V-SPF : If I had to choose, I would probably select the Berner Oberland in Switzerland. One of the most beautiful places on earth (esp. the Lake of Brienz) bu
31 Pe@rson : Devon, England, with regard to the criteria in the opening post.
32 Sebolino : Definitely somewhere at the Spanish Mediterranean Unfortunately, the spanish south coast, except for some small towns/villages, is ugly, the worst exa
33 Post contains links Kilavoud : Lausanne, with its old city in the center, located at the Geneva Lake, with the Alps as a frame in the background, a city full of charm and history, w
34 BadischerGreif : Andz, you are absolutely right!!! But Edenvale sounds very good as well... Greetings from Freiburg.
35 Post contains images KLM777 : My favourite place to live when I've finished studying and things like that would be Wallis in Switzerland, it's really a beautiful region in my opini
36 Post contains images Andz : BadischerGreif....No....Edenvale is nothing special! Cape Town is much better, one day when I'm big I'll live there (if I can't make Freiburg more per
37 Post contains images PHX-LJU : Slovenia, perhaps? Well, they say a picture is worth a thousand words... Images: Slovenian Tourist Board Plus, much of this unique continent is within
38 BOEING747-700 : I am going to say NICE France, I loved it there. Nice looking people and great food, clean very clean. Its great!!
39 Csavel : Of all the places I've been in Europe (a fair amount) I'd pick these if I were to live there. Urban, London Paris Copenhagen (Sorry CPH-R, but I've lo
40 Post contains images PHX-LJU : I also like... Alentejo, Portugal: Photo: portugal-info.net _________________ Amsterdam, the Netherlands: Photos: amsterdamhotspots.nil ______________
41 Post contains images Anxebla : Sebolino: Málaga is a very nice city,if you still don't Know,go.You will enjoy it. Sabena332: You are right When you wish it,call me and we go "de co
42 Post contains images Zak : ah thanks to anxebla i dont have to post promoting spain. madrid and barcelona are two of the finest cities on earth, even the biggest geek will loose
43 Post contains images Jaspike : Since my recent visit to Dublin, I'd have to say Dublin. The people are very nice, the city is nice, the sales are nice.. Josh
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