These four countries interest me the most:
- France17% (6)15% (4)16% (10)Vote
- Italy20% (7)30% (8)24% (15)Vote
- Germany14% (5)15% (4)15% (9)Vote
- Switzerland26% (9)22% (6)24% (15)Vote
- "Screw Europe!"/ other...23% (8)18% (5)21% (13)Vote
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Well, I am from Switzerland so I guess I'm kinda biased :-). But I still wanna give you some impressions and tell you why Switzerland would be a good choice:
Personally, I wouldn't move to Italy. Italy is a nice country to visit on vacation but it's not really a nice place to live at. Its politics really fucked up. So badly in fact, that many Europeans half-jokingly compare it to African countries. This has a lot of uncomfortable consequences: high unemployment, bad infrastructure, crime (the whole south of Italy is basically controlled by the Camorra (mafia). People speak very bad English in my experience. I know many Americans think of it as super romantic but I don't think anyone who lives there thinks that way. The food is awesome and so is the climate but that's not really enough in my opinion.
France is already a much better choice. But personally, I wouldn't move to Paris. I think there are nicer places than that in France. People are very nice but they can be a little snotty at times and they hate talking in English . Unemployment and the bad job market are big problems, just like in Italy.
Germany can be a very nice place to live at but there are some things I personally don't like about it. Education is not exactly high-class. German has become extremely Americanized since WWII. I guess this can be seen as a good thing. I find it sad because they are in the process of losing their own culture. I find it especially sad because a lot of the bad parts of American culture have been heavily adopted (fast food etc.). Germans tend to be extremely direct (for some people this is a problem). Depending on your job, you don't get a very good salary in Germany. Public transportation totally sucks (as in Italy).
Now Switzerland... first of I would like to say that I'm not very patriotic and I am really not trying to make everything sound great. There are bad things about Switzerland too. These, however, are things I like a lot and that my foreign girlfriend got to love since she lives here:
You have all the three cultures (Italian, German, French) in one single country. Plus a unique, Swiss culture. It's a small country, you can go literally anywhere within 0-3 hours. Nature is beautiful. The air and water are very clean. Things are extremely expensive (bad thing) but you also earn much more than anywhere else in the world (except from Norway). There's practically no crime. Swiss people are extremely accommodating in terms of language. Calm and peaceful ;-).6
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