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Welcome back Tara!

Guys you should come and live in spain, your taxes are paid for you by your boss as part of your contract, Healthcare is free and awesome, the sun is usually shining and you´re SUPPOSED to sleep in the afternoon!

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Originally Posted by prettypigpig View Post

 

Primavera,

 

Sweden is taxing at 70%+, so at that rate, I would expect my gouvernment takes good care of me!

Me and the Norway Oil Fund folks shared the same approach in investing.

Norway has 10% surplus, where in US, the poor guy, Obama is running a 10%+ of GDP deficit every year (structurally 8%/per year).  So I would laugh at the US folks instead of the Norway ones! hahaha

btw..I love IKEA! heehee

OMG!! Hahaha! Where have you heard that? It would be impossible to live on your salary if that was true. In my home town the tax rate is 32% and in Stockholm (the capital) it is 28%. If you are really wealthy you might have to pay 50% but most of the really rich people know how to invest their money to avoid most of their taxes and get all the deductions possible. In Sweden there is a high tax on unhealthy things, such as alcohol, tobacco, sodas and candy. So a beer is a lot more expensive in Sweden than it is in the US, and it is even more expensive in Norway.

 

I have lived and worked in Norway too, and though I appreciate the decrease in taxes in December (so you have more money to spend on xmas gifts) the Norwegians pay the same taxes as in Sweden, if not more. As a Swede working in Norway though, you pay less taxes than the Norwegians themselves do during your first 4 years over there. EVERYTHING is more expensive, they come to Sweden to shop. How about a personal pizza for $40 or a beer for $15. They have a surplus and were able to stay out of the EU because they have oil funds. They are not reinvesting any of these funds in their country (infrastructure, community etc) and the people don't see much of that money and are the first ones to tell you that they don't know where the money goes. I think they are really on to something with 36.5 hr work weeks since studies have shown that they are still one of the most effective countries.

 

I love IKEA too and H&M as well!! :)

 

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Originally Posted by janapana View Post

 

Welcome back Tara!

Guys you should come and live in spain, your taxes are paid for you by your boss as part of your contract, Healthcare is free and awesome, the sun is usually shining and you´re SUPPOSED to sleep in the afternoon!

 

I have lived in Spain too! :) Actually if we would move back to Europe, Spain is on the top of my list. I still get all the benefits from Sweden (since it is the EU) but the nicer weather and tapas and sangria every day! :)

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Murmel- Happy to see things are coming along for you. I was wondering who are you doing your boudoir shoot with? Can you fill me in on pricing details or packages? thanks

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Originally Posted by lisadias View Post

 

Murmel- Happy to see things are coming along for you. I was wondering who are you doing your boudoir shoot with? Can you fill me in on pricing details or packages? thanks

I am doing it through Renaissance Studios. They have a studio in Milton (so nice and close for me...and you!) I am paying $395 +tax, but it includes an hour hair/makeup, 2 hour photo shoot, 30-40 pictures. Just haven't decided if I want to buy the photo disc or the album (both extra). but you can order prints directly off the website.  www.RenaissanceStudios.ca

Almost all the other spots I found were about the same price or more, but didn't include hair/makeup. I'm am scheduled for November 12, two weeks away, and still have to go find sexy undies and try and get in shape LOL! I'll let you know how it goes.

 

 

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Wow that's not bad at all! And oh please, You are totally fit!!!! Thanks for the info and can't wait to hear how it goes and see some pics if you care to share!

 

Originally Posted by murmel View Post



I am doing it through Renaissance Studios. They have a studio in Milton (so nice and close for me...and you!) I am paying $395 +tax, but it includes an hour hair/makeup, 2 hour photo shoot, 30-40 pictures. Just haven't decided if I want to buy the photo disc or the album (both extra). but you can order prints directly off the website.  www.RenaissanceStudios.ca

Almost all the other spots I found were about the same price or more, but didn't include hair/makeup. I'm am scheduled for November 12, two weeks away, and still have to go find sexy undies and try and get in shape LOL! I'll let you know how it goes.

 



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My FI is a half-Spaniard..he would love to live in Spain.  I love siestas...and shoes and beach...ah~~

We both work in the finance industry, so I don't think there are demand for our talents in Banco Santander...in the next 3-5 yrs.  heehee...

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Primavera,

 

I did the math..basically I will get taxed at 50+% at most of the developped countries.  I think I got the 70% in some studies, where they count everything..from income taxes, land taxes to sales taxes..and other misc taxes.  Like in Canada, we have income taxes at 50% that chop income in half, then 13% of sales tax when we buy stuffs with our net income, so technically, the total tax rate is over 50%.

The $250+ billion Norway Oil Fund was created to invest the money outside of Norway, so that the country can stay sober, not become lazy, flush with hot money and super inflated price, and become very vulnerable to oil price price decrease and economic downturn.  Look at Dubai, look at Alberta...then I think Norway is doing the right thing.

I love Spain too, I kept telling my FI that if Euro is getting bust (the euro debt saga is far from over, they are pretty much still in the woods...hahaha..they would need more cuts in spending and raise taxes), we will buy a condo in Spain. 

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O là là...I am very tempted to get a boudoir session too! A Royal PDC bride just got one, and she posted her pics on the Royal PDC thread, ah....so nice and sexy.

 

Originally Posted by murmel View Post



I am doing it through Renaissance Studios. They have a studio in Milton (so nice and close for me...and you!) I am paying $395 +tax, but it includes an hour hair/makeup, 2 hour photo shoot, 30-40 pictures. Just haven't decided if I want to buy the photo disc or the album (both extra). but you can order prints directly off the website.  www.RenaissanceStudios.ca

Almost all the other spots I found were about the same price or more, but didn't include hair/makeup. I'm am scheduled for November 12, two weeks away, and still have to go find sexy undies and try and get in shape LOL! I'll let you know how it goes.

 



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Originally Posted by lisadias View Post

 

Wow that's not bad at all! And oh please, You are totally fit!!!! Thanks for the info and can't wait to hear how it goes and see some pics if you care to share!

 

Thanks hon! But have not been to the gym in quite a while and it's showing LOL. Was out east cleaning out my mother's house and then dealing with the closing of my own place here. Finally getting back into the swing of things, but this house is now a disaster zone and needs some TLC. But I did get my dress dropped off today. They say they need about 3 weeks to do the first alterations and then I'll need to come back to get fitted and then hopefully it will be done a few weeks after. Trying to get another TO get together organized, what's your schedule looking like?

 

Originally Posted by prettypigpig View Post

 

O là là...I am very tempted to get a boudoir session too! A Royal PDC bride just got one, and she posted her pics on the Royal PDC thread, ah....so nice and sexy.

 

You should do one! I'm super nervous and pumped all at the same time wink.gif

 

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