Google Translated version of an article in Italian:
"Average salaries in Europe: the cost of living and wages in European countries
OF RAFFAELE ROMEO ARENA , FEBRUARY 21, 2014
The current socio-political context of the European continent highlights the significant changes to the general of the various states, mainly caused by the new wave of migration that is affecting the nation's "strong".
The choice of destination by migrants of the Third Millennium is done according to the possibilities of working abroad, the average wages earned and the related costs involved (here you can read the current domestic situation of the Italian market ), key factors define the level of quality of life in a nation.
A recent statistical analysis published on 'Geopolitical Atlas of Treccani, offers a complete and updated picture of the relationship between wages earned and the costs involved in the major states of the continent, clearly showing how, from the point of view of the citizens who live and work in our country The situation is the most unfavorable of Europe.
The average wage per capita in our country is of 1,410 euro (against 1,850 of the Iberian Peninsula), and the city is facing a charge of EUR 39.4 per day (compared to 35.9 in Spain), thereby determining a high cost of living, which employs the well ' 83.8% of the resources of each user.
This percentage is difficult to sustain for many families, and it is disconcerting to note that this exceeds by almost 20 percentage points of the European average .
Let's move to the Italian situation. Because our national situation is so inconsistent? Why, as a result, an increasing number of Italians prefer to leave the country to work abroad? He explains in a clear and concise the Prof. Francesco Daveri, Professor of Economics at the University degli Studi di Parma, during an interview to L'Espresso:
" Coming later this month in Italy is more difficult than in other countries equally affected by the crisis, such as Spain, because the state is too heavy on costs in the country. "
Among the costs that weigh more than the others on the portfolios of Italians there are water, electricity and gas, increased significantly due to the privatization of energy companies.
The same increases uncontrolled involved also indirect taxes such as VAT and excise duties on goods state as gasoline ), parallel to a general decrease of salaries.
Cover costs exaggerated the state bureaucracy to deal Italian public accounts, increases drastically the cost of living, especially penalizing citizens whose earnings fall in the medium-low, forced to buy products and services at a higher price, spending the same digits Workers wealthy.
This explains why our compatriots struggle to get to the end of the month and the national economy is struggling to recover."
Certainly a person can survive on 1,000 or 1200 a month. (Living wage simply implies they won't starve.) But are they living well? Do they have dreams/wishes they could fulfill with a few extra euro a day?
The fact that an engineer gets paid nearly the same wage as a maid doesn't tell me that either one are flourishing financially. This only tells me that there is less disparity in their income.
Personally,at 1200 a month I can still understand how it can be difficult to pay the bills and achieve their dreams (Perhaps they want to start their own company, or have dreams to travel the world?).
When asked about the Economy in Italy by one of my classmates my Italian instructor said (on his last trip to Italy) he saw friends/family struggling financially due to the economic downturn.
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