Is England or Italy the better country to move to and live in for the rest of my life?

Which one is more free? Which one's economy is better?

I really wanted to move to Italy, but now I'm thinking about the UK. I've always wanted to live in the UK as a kid and Italy seems like a really hot place. I love the English weather. Yes I know it's dark and gloomy all the time but that's what I like ^^ I hate the sun -______________-

Update:

I'm moving from the USA and I already speak Italian

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago
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    Both have economies in precarious states, but England's economy is probably best placed to pull through. checkout: http://www.johnredwoodsdiary.com/ for regular updates.

    England has the excellent "Sky Digital" digital satelite service. There's also alternatives such as: "Freeview", "Freesat" + "Virgin Media".... but "SKY DIGITAL" has more channels, and the excellent "Sky+" PVR service + "SKY HD" (High Definition Digital Satelite).

    The extra channels do include "FOX NEWS" (channel 509) + Comedy Central.

    You can also keep up with all the best of the old & new American TV series such as:

    Frasier, Friends, Seinfeld, Home Improvement, This Old House, New Yankee Workshop, The Simpsons, South Park, King of the Hill, Futurama, Lost, 24, Knight Rider, Star Trek, BattleStar Galactica, The A-Team, The Dukes of Hazard, Tour of Duty, The Larry Sanders Show, 3rd Rock from the Sun, 30 Rock, Grace under Fire, The Flintstones, The Adams Family, The Munsters, The Jetsons, ER, Beavis & Butthead, The X Files .............

    There's also the huge back catalogue of the UK's outstanding homegrown TV shows:

    Monty Python's Flying Circus, Fawlty Towers, Blackadder, Dad's Army, Father Ted, Rab C Nesbitt, One Foot in the Grave, The Detectives, Jeeves & Wooster, Poirot, A Passion for Angling, The Victorian Kitchen Garden, The Victorian Kitchen, Two Fat Ladies, Floyd on Italy, John Wilson's GO FISHING, The Young Ones, Bottom, James May's Toy Stories, James May's Man Lab, Harry Enfield and chums, Paul Merton - The Series, Floyd on France..........

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    There's also the BBC F1 coverage.....

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NnScMVIuj4

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    ... and the very latest episodes of TOP GEAR:

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    Other things in UK's favour..........

    - There's a big project underway to upgrade the phone network to fibre-optics to provide superfast broadband all over the country by about 2015 to make it faster than the present (i currently get a connection of around 2.1 - 2.8meg)... anything up to 20meg, but mpre usual for it to be from 0.6meg - 8meg.

    - Got a pretty cool railway system.... improved on what it was like 10yrs ago, but still room for improvement + a touch pricey.... but at least we've got some pretty cool trains running on it:

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWVuRwtjGek

    - Got some pretty good food to try out, both everyday items + gourmet upmarket ones: Jaffa Cakes, Tunnock's Milk chocolate teacakes, BORDER (brand) biscuits - chocolate coated ginger, MACKIE's Ice Cream, Walkers-nonsuch Toffee, Bassett's Liquorice Allsorts, Trebor Extra Strong Mints, WILKIN & SON Jams & Preserves, THURSDAY COTTAGE Jams & Preserves + many others i can't think of right now.

    - Also some pretty good drinks to try out: FENTIMANS Botanically brewed soft drinks (Ginger Beer, Curiousity Cola, Dandelion & Burdock, Shandy)..... MARSTON Pedigree (beer), Theakston's Old Peculiar (beer), Black Sheep Ale, WYCHWOOD (various beers), Adnam's (various beers) + MERRYDOWN (cider).

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  • 9 years ago

    You hate the sun and like dark gloomy weather? Then the UK definitely. Italy gets very hot.

    Have you been to Italy or England before?

    I'm sorry but I don't think you should make the decision to move to a country until you have actually visited the place.

    You can get good deals to fly from the US to Heathrow so I suggest you do that and then get a cheap flight from London to Rome or Venice.

    You can have all these preconceived ideas in your head of what you think a country will be like before you visit it and then get there and it's not like that at all.

    Having been to both, I prefer the UK. For many different reasons. I speak the language for starters, could easily adapt, friendly people, very diverse place, lots to do, interesting, quaint, fun.

    I love Verona in Italy and Venice was gorgeous. Rome was just horrible.. Now I had a bad experience there.. I was extremely harrassed by the men, it was just disgusting. I got lost finding my way back to where I was staying so these 3 men (who seemed lovely) offerered to walk me back there, it was daylight too. They ended up cornering me and trying to take my clothes off.

    The people make the biggest difference when you visit somewhere and I was there for 2 weeks and hated every minute. I felt like a piece of meat, it was just vile.

    It's not that Italy is like this but I was just using an example as having all these ideas in your head of a country before you visit. It was one place I was so excited to go to but after being there, I would never go back.

    Do some research and check out the parts of the country you are interested in living in.

    Also like other people have said.. You can't just move to another country (Unless you have an EU passport)

    If not, it depends on your profession.

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  • 9 years ago

    If you speak Italian, you would be ok to move anywhere in Italy, France, Spain, or Switzerland really, since the Latin based languages all have a lot of similarity. Add Romania to that too maybe - it looks more Eastern European, but sounds like Italian.

    If you don't like the sun too much, then anywhere in the UK would probably suit you. It can get hot (80's), but it is often in the 60's for much of the summer. The winters feel cold, because it's often grey and damp, but you don't usually get many days below freezing.

    If you do still want fairly nice weather and a great place to live with nice beaches too, I left a link to my part of the UK.

    Hope this helps.

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  • Maxi
    Lv 7
    9 years ago

    If you hold a US passport then your biggest issue would be getting a resident visa for Italy or the UK.

    Italy is heading for bankrupcy and bail out always has been a political fragmented country...beautiful place, weather warmer than the UK

    UK...well you already love the weather ( are you mad?)

    Neither country is free and compared to the US living cost in both countries you mention are expensive.

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  • Julia
    Lv 7
    9 years ago

    where are you moving from?

    you will need to speak fluent Italian to live in Italy... my sister lives there. they don't ALL speak English, so if you want to live in Italy learn Italian! they have a more laid back "Mediterranean" attitude and its a very different way of life.

    its only a hop away from UK really anyway! So if you lived and worked in UK you can fly to italy for holidays... best of both worlds... or obviously you could live in italy then visit uk!

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  • 9 years ago

    As you are not a citizen of the European Economic Area you are going to need a Master's Degree, a skill that is in high demand in the UK/Italy, or have a shed load of money to invest. You cannot come to live and work in the UK without a work permit and you wont get one of those unless you meet the criteria as above...

    All the rules and regulations can be found at this UK Border Agency site...

    http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/workingintheuk/

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Right now I'd say that the UK economy is better but it's very difficult to come and live here as the entry requirements are being tightened up.

    Life was better 10 years ago (even though it was all an illusion).

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