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After receiving our latest health insurnace renewal rates, my wife and myself were having this same discussion earlier in the week.
It seems like you could get a big, new house with an indoor pool with a waterfall for a fraction of what the same house would cost in any of the major metro areas of California.
You also get mosquitoes, little lizards and palmetto bugs (flying roaches) everywhere plus hurricanes, sinkholes [dep.state.fl.us], spontaneous rain all the time followed by blistering humid heat, A/C bills, tons of tourists, timeshares, snowbirds (people) from Canada, and the hazardous driving conditions caused by little tufts of blue hair that can't see over the dashboard.
All reasons why they're giving away houses at rates way below California prices.
Bali is very cheap, great cuisines, all the home comforts and great surf too if you are into that. Good 3G infrastructure too. Friendliest people on the planet, non muslim
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Sri Lanka has a lot of political trouble internally.
The infrastructure isn't much
the weather is horrible.
I'm not very interested in countries with an Islamic majority.
Most of Europe is very expensive
If some nice country that ticks most of the boxes in the original post invites self employed professionals without requiring them to create jobs they can have so many quality immigrants - professionals and freelancers of every type, people who don't need to hire others. They'll all contribute to the economy.
True, but it does not affect me.
Its no hotter than any tropical country
The problem is that most immigration laws are not designed to just require immigrants to make a net positive contribution.
It sounds to me that Singapore would suit you if you can deal with the immigration requirements and meet the cost of housing.
nothing against any religion but a strict Sharia law will severely cramp my style and I prefer not considering such countries.
First they came..
Hot weather undermines productivity.
Agree with the quote (its one of my favourites), but I would question its applicability this case
Choice of region (at least in this country), well designed out of town houses or air-conditioning all solve this problem.