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Is It Better To Live In Europe Than In The US? by ItuExchange(m): 5:31pm On Aug 09
Why is it better to live in the US rather than some European country?


For my wife and me, there are only 2 direct benefits we obtain by living in the US compared to our previous home in Europe:

We can jump into the car at a moment’s notice to rush to a loved one’s side, something we have had to do many times since our reinstallation in the US; [ETA in case it's not clear, this was our sole reason for leaving Europe and moving anew to the US. Second ETA because some people are still finding it difficult to parse: my wife and I were both born in the US where our families still live; while we lived in Europe, many of our loved ones either could not or were not willing to travel to see us and the frequent Transatlantic flights were taking their physical toll on us.]
We can do our grocery and pharmacy shopping any day of the week and late into the evening.
No, I’m not being snarky, those are really the only 2 benefits we perceive. Here are all the areas where we feel that we have sacrificed:

My skills and experience were valued more highly in Europe than they are in the US, so I earn less in absolute terms (though I am still relatively well-paid).3

Thanks to extensive public services such as subsidized mass transit and universal healthcare, we had considerably higher disposable income in Europe than we do in the US. (Yes, you read that correctly, despite the prevailing narrative about high-tax “socialist” [sic] Europe.)

Beyond the pure economic terms, our healthcare was extremely simple in Europe: we needed to see the doctor, we went to the doctor, unlike the US where we have to fight with the insurance process before seeing the doctor and then fight again afterwards to get the doctor’s bill paid.
Food in the US consists of two categories: what is affordable and unhealthy, or what is healthy but boring and greatly overpriced.

We miss being able to walk to useful destinations like doctors, merchants, the train station, etc. In the US we have to walk a full mile (without sidewalks of course) just to reach the outlet of our subdivision, and all that’s there is a small strip mall and some gas stations, with no safe way to even cross the street. The train station (at least we have one!) is 8 miles from home.

As a result of having to drive more often and much longer distances, and despite the fact that each individual fill-up is less than half the cost as in Europe, we actually spend more per month on gasoline in the US. We dearly miss our 5-passenger “mini-minivan”, a model that doesn’t exist in the US, that got 40 mpg in town and 50+ on the highway while being very comfortable and spacious.

We miss the social/cultural life — despite living in a small town of 15,000, there was an extremely active network of clubs, associations, and other organizations, all actively promoted by local government, across an extremely wide range of subjects and interests. We have had to work exceptionally hard in the US to find even a few similar activities, some of which we had to initiate ourselves, which was another ordeal, finding a location willing to host them — fortunately, the library in the next town is more open-minded about this sort of event than our local library.

Source: https://www.quora.com/Why-is-it-better-to-live-in-the-US-rather-than-some-European-country



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Re: Is It Better To Live In Europe Than In The US? by junkiesneverdie: 5:49pm On Aug 09
Europe is far better than the U.S

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Re: Is It Better To Live In Europe Than In The US? by Beautyaddy: 7:02pm On Aug 09
Very, very bad comparison. undecided

Europe is a Continent that consist of different Countries with their somewhat different laws and Cultures while the US is a Very Big Country consisting of different States with different State legislatives but all must try to obey the US Federal laws.

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Re: Is It Better To Live In Europe Than In The US? by AngelicBeing: 8:09pm On Aug 09
Hmmmm
Re: Is It Better To Live In Europe Than In The US? by NONNYG: 5:16am On Aug 10
junkiesneverdie:
Europe is far better than the U.S
you mean Italy is better than US ?

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Re: Is It Better To Live In Europe Than In The US? by sweetmelanin(f): 6:09am On Aug 10
Depends on what country in Europe, personally I don't like the US lifestyle: gun laws, overt racism of law enforcement, having to drive long distances to get to anywhere decent, medical insurance and worst of all you only get 2 weeks (14 days) annual leave - this is why most Americans barely have time to visit home (9ja).

Whereas in the UK you get 28 -32 days annual leave, flexible working, free healthcare & education, fast and efficient public transport, gun-less police etc..

I can't speak for other EU countries though.

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Re: Is It Better To Live In Europe Than In The US? by Hadampson(m): 6:22am On Aug 10
NONNYG:
you mean Italy is better than US ?


Is Italy the only country in Europe undecided

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Re: Is It Better To Live In Europe Than In The US? by Hadampson(m): 6:25am On Aug 10
Even a dullard will know that living in Europe is better than living in United States of America.



P.S - not all European countries

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Re: Is It Better To Live In Europe Than In The US? by ituglobal(m): 8:29am On Aug 10
To me, I think Europe is better.

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Re: Is It Better To Live In Europe Than In The US? by davodyguy: 8:50am On Aug 10
sweetmelanin:
Depends on what country in Europe, personally I don't like the US lifestyle: gun laws, overt racism of law enforcement, having to drive long distances to get to anywhere decent, medical insurance and worst of all you only get 2 weeks (14 days) annual leave - this is why most Americans barely have time to visit home (9ja).

Whereas in the UK you get 28 -32 days annual leave, flexible working, free healthcare & education, fast and efficient public transport, gun-less police etc..

I can't speak for other EU countries though.
No one wants to die.

If I'm to visit US this 2019, I'll go for very less popular states like Alaska, Peurto Rico, indiana, Vermont, Wisconsin etc not the California, Texas, Baltimore or even Pennsylvania.

I know how many people that are close to me that lost their relatives between 2016 to 2019. Some of the cases were not reported in the news, but they cry out to us in private of bullying and eventual deaths of loved ones, especially blacks

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Re: Is It Better To Live In Europe Than In The US? by NONNYG: 11:18am On Aug 10
Hadampson:



Is Italy the only country in Europe
I know why I asked the question because he's comparing a country with a continent

Who does that?

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Re: Is It Better To Live In Europe Than In The US? by Hadampson(m): 12:09pm On Aug 10
NONNYG:
I know why I asked the question because he's comparing a country with a continent

Who does that?


The rate at which people over hyped US is the main reason why he compared US with Europe. Another obvious reason is the economy of US.

Observation mode activated

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Re: Is It Better To Live In Europe Than In The US? by Hadampson(m): 12:13pm On Aug 10
ituglobal:
To me, I think Europe is better.

Yes oh

Good public transportation
High life expectancy
Cheap trip and close proximity to other countries
No gun violence
Serene environment
Paid vacation for workers
And many more

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Re: Is It Better To Live In Europe Than In The US? by NONNYG: 12:26pm On Aug 10
Hadampson:


Yes oh

Good public transportation
High life expectancy
Cheap trip and close proximity to other countries
No gun violence
Serene environment
Paid vacation for workers
And many more
Do you live in Europe?

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Re: Is It Better To Live In Europe Than In The US? by willy2000(m): 5:04pm On Aug 10
NONNYG:
Do you live in Europe?



He doesn't have to live in Europe to know about those valid points he made.

As for me, the US has never been a safe country, and it will never be until they do away with the guns

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Re: Is It Better To Live In Europe Than In The US? by NONNYG: 7:50pm On Aug 10
willy2000:


He doesn't have to live in Europe to know about those valid points he made.
lol I laughgrin, media & hearsay is quite different from real experience, if he hasn't been to Europe or US, then he shouldn't be making such argument

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Re: Is It Better To Live In Europe Than In The US? by Beautyaddy: 5:26am On Aug 11
willy2000:


He doesn't have to live in Europe to know about those valid points he made.

As for me, the US has never been a safe country, and it will never be until they do away with the guns

Do you also live in any of the European countries to know 100% that they are completely safe countries?

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Re: Is It Better To Live In Europe Than In The US? by Beautyaddy: 5:33am On Aug 11
NONNYG:
lol I laughgrin, media & hearsay is quite different from real experience, if he hasn't been to Europe or US, then he shouldn't be making such argument


One can't blame him though.

It's the likes of CNN going international and talking about everything under the sun and in the rocks airing all the things that happen in the US.

How many of any of the European countries have constant news coverage 24 hours round the clock exposing all the events be it good or bad about their country the way CNN does about the US?

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Re: Is It Better To Live In Europe Than In The US? by realestniggah: 5:36am On Aug 11
So you went ahead and copy post from quora to post here

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Re: Is It Better To Live In Europe Than In The US? by justwise(m): 6:27am On Aug 11
Beautyaddy:


One can't blame him though.

It's the likes of CNN going international and talking about everything under the sun and in the rocks airing all the things that happen in the US.

How many of any of the European countries have constant news coverage 24 hours round the clock exposing all the events be it good or bad about their country the way CNN does about the US?

Never knew that I would never read stuff like this from you. You blaming CNN for doing their job effectively? Americans and their stupid gun law and election of that baby balloon should be blamed, I guess you enjoy Fox News(shepard smith is the only voice of reason)

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Re: Is It Better To Live In Europe Than In The US? by MikoB: 7:41am On Aug 11
Hadampson:
Even a dullard will know that living in Europe is better than living in United States of America.



P.S - not all European countries
Yeah but you know apart from Eastern Europe I don't think there any other country in Europe that USA is better off, even Italy Spain Portugal and Greece if you can secure a job at least you will have peace of mind without thinking of one mad guy with gun that can shoot you.

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Re: Is It Better To Live In Europe Than In The US? by damzy88: 8:31am On Aug 11
sweetmelanin:
Depends on what country in Europe, personally I don't like the US lifestyle: gun laws, overt racism of law enforcement, having to drive long distances to get to anywhere decent, medical insurance and worst of all you only get 2 weeks (14 days) annual leave - this is why most Americans barely have time to visit home (9ja).

Whereas in the UK you get 28 -32 days annual leave, flexible working, free healthcare & education, fast and efficient public transport, gun-less police etc..

I can't speak for other EU countries though.
That place looks scary. undecided
Re: Is It Better To Live In Europe Than In The US? by willy2000(m): 10:16am On Aug 11
Beautyaddy:


Do you also live in any of the European countries to know 100% that they are completely safe countries?
yes i live in Europe, not just any country, but the heart and heart beat of Europe. And i can tell you, i feel safe, guns are hard to comeby, i was never a night crawler, but here you can walk and use the trains whenever. I won't say it is 100% safe, but it is sure better than the US. Then you have the health insurance policy, the US is a no no for me.

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Re: Is It Better To Live In Europe Than In The US? by willy2000(m): 10:34am On Aug 11
NONNYG:
lol I laughgrin, media & hearsay is quite different from real experience, if he hasn't been to Europe or US, then he shouldn't be making such argument

The US as they say is an overhyped country. How can you explain, the extreme poverty amongst its citizen, the wage gap difference between the rich and poor, humans living in gehttos just like Nigeria. And besides not all roads are tarred, you have bad roads too,.......... See i can Go on and on. The American Media has helped portray the US to be a paradise as a Sort, but in reality, life is harsh over there.

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Re: Is It Better To Live In Europe Than In The US? by NONNYG: 11:22am On Aug 11
willy2000:
The US as they say is an overhyped country. How can you explain, the extreme poverty amongst its citizen, the wage gap difference between the rich and poor, humans living in gehttos just like Nigeria. And besides not all roads are tarred, you have bad roads too,.......... See i can Go on and on. The American Media has helped portray the US to be a paradise as a Sort, but in reality, life is harsh over there.
Hahahaha Oga this one na Jamb or Waec question?grin


Ok, let me ask you one question, do you live in US ?
Re: Is It Better To Live In Europe Than In The US? by willy2000(m): 12:20pm On Aug 11
NONNYG:
Hahahaha Oga this one na Jamb or Waec question?grin


Ok, let me ask you one question, do you live in US?

I have visited numerous times, which makes for me to be objective in my comparison.

Where I live do not have the kind of ghettos you see in the US.

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Re: Is It Better To Live In Europe Than In The US? by NONNYG: 1:19pm On Aug 11
willy2000:

I have visited numerous times, which makes for me to be objective in my comparison.

Where I live do not have the kind of ghettos you see in the US.
Have you also visited Europe numerous times?


Mind you, visiting is different from residing
Re: Is It Better To Live In Europe Than In The US? by Ugosample(m): 2:15pm On Aug 11
willy2000:
The US as they say is an overhyped country. How can you explain, the extreme poverty amongst its citizen, the wage gap difference between the rich and poor, humans living in gehttos just like Nigeria. And besides not all roads are tarred, you have bad roads too,.......... See i can Go on and on. The American Media has helped portray the US to be a paradise as a Sort, but in reality, life is harsh over there.

life is harsh every where

even the Europe that you think is good, is walking on thin ice

the generous welfare state has pushed many EU States to the brink
a part from Germany and a few others
some of them will fall off totally in the coming decade's

America on the other hand can do better
but it's still the land to be in anyways

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Re: Is It Better To Live In Europe Than In The US? by Americanboy35: 3:02pm On Aug 11
davodyguy:

No one wants to die.

If I'm to visit US this 2019, I'll go for very less popular states like Alaska, Peurto Rico, indiana, Vermont, Wisconsin etc not the California, Texas, Baltimore or even Pennsylvania.

I know how many people that are close to me that lost their relatives between 2016 to 2019. Some of the cases were not reported in the news, but they cry out to us in private of bullying and eventual deaths of loved ones, especially blacks
You are so right bro, i stay in Indianapolis and never experience such things

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Re: Is It Better To Live In Europe Than In The US? by davodyguy: 3:10pm On Aug 11
Americanboy35:

You are so right bro, i stay in Indianapolis and never experience such things
It's does popular areas like Texas, Baltimore, LA, NYC that have most notorious
Re: Is It Better To Live In Europe Than In The US? by willy2000(m): 5:42pm On Aug 11
Ugosample:


life is harsh every where

even the Europe that you think is good, is walking on thin ice

the generous welfare state has pushed many EU States to the brink
a part from Germany and a few others
some of them will fall off totally in the coming decade's

America on the other hand can do better
but it's still the land to be in anyways

True! Life is harsh everywhere. But we can not compare the harshness of some region/continent to another.

If Europe is walking on thin ice, then the US is no longer walking but falling grin

Do you know the amount of US citizens with Student debt loans, how many Americans can boast of a total health coverage insurance?
America like you said can do better, but Europe will fall off totally in the coming decade, can you see how biased this is.

The US is the Land to be if you want to live in debts/paycheck to paycheck.

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