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jstkdn
jstkdn
Well-Connected

Aug-23-2005 08:40

Everywhere I go on the net, any American I talk to is complaining about gasoline prices. This makes me smirk.

The life of the dutchies:

Gas price: 6,60 USD per gallon.

It costs 3000 USD approx to get your drivers license. This assumes that you pass in one go, which few people do. Most take 2-3 times. Which is about 1000 USD a pop extra.

A new volkswagen jetta, 4 door, stick (which is cheaper then automatic), no extra's not even automatic rolling windows, the simplest version costs new: 30.000 USD.
To insurance: 1000 USD per year
Road tax: 340 USD per year.

This next to having the highest taxes in the world.

We do not get much more benefits then you do, except if you are unemployed, sick or underpriviliged....in that case you are taken care off from cradle to grave. No one is denied income, health care, schooling what so ever.
What we do have extra is that university is almost free compared to the US. But getting in is not a money matter, but an intellingence matter and only meant for 10% of the country. For the others there are other types courses and community college etc.

As a middle income person, you are pretty much screwed here. Unless you enjoy legal pot, gay marriage, and legal prostitution.

Still......I don't want to live anywhere else. It's great here.


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croesy2002
croesy2002

Sep-7-2005 01:59

my maths may be a little rusty but i just worked out that here in Cardiff (where prices hit 1.04/ litre today) it is the equivalent of $7.2/ a gallon (American gallon not British) which is double the price above!! (have decided to rediscover the ancient and mystic art of walking, well maybe i'll just walk to the bus stop ;) )

Thaddeus Mint
Thaddeus Mint

Sep-7-2005 02:05

Ouch, Croesy. Can send you a can up from London if you like - we're still on 99.99999999p here.

gradbeth
gradbeth
Well-Connected

Sep-7-2005 05:23

its crazy here in Maryland. Gas stations across the street from each other are totally different. Anywhere from $3.29 to 3.69

Gena Long
Gena Long
Sleuth About Town

Sep-7-2005 07:25

I found at $2.89 while traveling this week-end, I guess that manager hasn't seen the news in a while. Problem is that it's 4 hours from my house, so it does me no good.

LilRach
LilRach
Well-Connected

Sep-7-2005 08:03

Yeah, i have started taking the Columbus City buses to school. Saves on gases, and as a college student, I have a free bus pass.

Lil

Jesse Hunter
Jesse Hunter
Santa's Little Helper

Mar-31-2022 18:35

bumpy

} ;~)>

jsncruz
jsncruz
Nomad

Jun-22-2022 10:20

Looking back to 2005 - petrol prices were positively free LOL

BadAss
BadAss
Charioteer

Aug-29-2022 06:50

How care free and ignorant we were back then.

Cordelia Falco
Cordelia Falco
Battered Shoe

Sep-15-2022 07:50

I misread that as 'car free' for a moment. :)

Ima Vagabond
Ima Vagabond
Vigilante

Nov-27-2022 19:29

My other car is a boot. I know it should say my other car is a pair of boots but I lost the one while trying to rid my car of the bright yellow expired parking boot. It's a long complicated story.


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