View Poll Results: Which of the following European Countries would you move to? (multiple choice)
Scandinavia (Norway/Sweden/Denmark/Finland) + Iceland 104 16.22%
German/Austria 153 23.87%
Switzerland 68 10.61%
Spain/Portugal 252 39.31%
France 165 25.74%
Italy/Greece 121 18.88%
Holland/Belgium 107 16.69%
Balkans 22 3.43%
Czech Republic 39 6.08%
Other Eastern Europe 41 6.40%
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07-04-2021, 21:18   #451
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Lived in France for a couple of years during the Great Recession. Signed up to boards and spent most of my time listening to Irish radio and being extremely homesick. We don't appreciate this country until we've lived abroad, as perhaps most of us in this thread have.

Coming home was the best decision I ever made. Never regretted it.
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07-04-2021, 21:28   #452
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Lived in France for a couple of years during the Great Recession. Signed up to boards and spent most of my time listening to Irish radio and being extremely homesick. We don't appreciate this country until we've lived abroad, as perhaps most of us in this thread have.

Coming home was the best decision I ever made. Never regretted it.
I'd second that.
Before covid coming home was easy, getting back on the plane was heart wrenching.
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Spain/Portugal are clearly favourites... but in my experience, very different. Property prices, taxation systems, social aspects, attitude towards non-indigenous people, etc. I'd love to see which is the preferred choice
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Coming home was the best decision I ever made. Never regretted it.
Ireland has a lot going for it alright. Sometimes it takes a stint abroad to truly appreciate it.

Have a good friend who returned last summer after 16 years spent between the US and Germany. After a few initial speed bumps, he’s loving being back and said that he feels like himself for the first time in years.
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Spain/Portugal are clearly favourites... but in my experience, very different. Property prices, taxation systems, social aspects, attitude towards non-indigenous people, etc. I'd love to see which is the preferred choice
Massive generalization, but in my experience Portuguese people are nicer. Quieter and more reserved, but more considerate. You feel like they actually see you as a fellow human being.
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Massive generalization, but in my experience Portuguese people are nicer. Quieter and more reserved, but more considerate. You feel like they actually see you as a fellow human being.
I tend to agree with your massive generalisation
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Lived in France for a couple of years during the Great Recession. Signed up to boards and spent most of my time listening to Irish radio and being extremely homesick. We don't appreciate this country until we've lived abroad, as perhaps most of us in this thread have.

Coming home was the best decision I ever made. Never regretted it.
Interesting. For years, I've viewed moving back as the worst case scenario but I think I could find work in Limerick and it's not as depressing a thought as it used to be.
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At the start of a word just pretend the G is a H.


Pronounce "Gouda" as "How-da"


Ik heb geen idee = Ik heb hane ee-day


The Dutch will understand you. They'll just think you learned your Dutch from culchies in Limburg rather than the phlegm spewing Amsterdammers.
The Dutch G is nothing like a H, better off listening and make an actual attempt to pronounce it
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The Dutch G is nothing like a H, better off listening and make an actual attempt to pronounce it
Actually it depends where in the Netherlands the speaker comes from. The further north the harder the G becomes. The Flemish pronounce G as a H.
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I have always wanted to live in Norway for some reason. I lived in Sweden for 4 months and loved it (it was summertime though so fairly easy to like).
There is something about Norway that appeals to me. Dark and cold don't really bother me either.
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I always get lonely in France for some reason. I always feel very isolated and alienated while there. I have such fond memories of long summers down the south of France but when you're there as an adult, you're not near the sea, it's winter and it's cold and dreary and everywhere is closed on a Sunday, just gives me a sad feeling
they closed on a Sunday thing is really unsettling. Wonderful if you have an extended family but terrible if you don't
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Interesting. For years, I've viewed moving back as the worst case scenario but I think I could find work in Limerick and it's not as depressing a thought as it used to be.
I think Limerick must be the most liveable city in Ireland, maybe moreso than Kilkenny. I'm from nearby Tipp and when we were kids, Limerick was so bleak that people from around here would travel to Galway instead for Christmas shopping and so on. Limerick has been totally transformed, and has become one of those places that I now go out of my way to visit.

You're probably from Limerick so you already know that, or maybe most people know that, but I can't think of another place in ireland that has so completely turned itself around.
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Spain/Portugal are clearly favourites... but in my experience, very different. Property prices, taxation systems, social aspects, attitude towards non-indigenous people, etc. I'd love to see which is the preferred choice
Yeah Spain/Portugal are popular i would consider buying a property out there. North or south not sure which area would be nicer.
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Southern France/Northern Italy. Spain would probably be cheaper but also full of Anto and Jacinta types in summer.
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Yeah Spain/Portugal are popular i would consider buying a property out there. North or south not sure which area would be nicer.
South of Portugal is better for all-year round weather, but north is quite scenic, not as developed and more Portuguese than Algarve.
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