How to change your EU driving license to a UK Driving license

For EU expats established in England UK, the act of changing their driving license in to an English or British one, is often a mandatory step due to work requirements. Possession of a British UK driving license is also the first and easiest way to obtain proof of residence with a picture and address here in England UK. This is one of the few documents accepted by banks, real estate agencies or employers. The others are more difficult to obtain (bank card, local council bil / utility bill or British passport).

The procedure to change your driving license in England UK is fortunately very simple and relatively quick. All official information can be found on the British government website here. As it is clearly written on the website, the citizens of any EU state have no legal obligation to change their driving license and are allowed to drive with the European license until the age of 70. For those who have obtained their driving license in a country outside the European Union, the driving license must be changed to a British license within 12 months of arrival in England UK.

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Cum se schimba permis de conducere Romanesc in permis de Anglia UK

How to change your EU driving license to a British UK driving license – english article here

Pentru cei stabiliti in Anglia UK, actiunea de a schimba permis de conducere Romanesc in cel Englezesc sau Britanic este deseori un pas obligatoriu datorita cerintelor de munca. De asemenea posesia unui permis de conducere Britanic UK, este la inceput singurul si cel mai usor mod de a obtine o dovada de rezidenta cu poza si adresa in Anglia UK, fiind unul din putinele documente acceptate la banci, la agentii imobiliare sau la aplicatii de munca. Celelalte sunt mai greu de obtinut (card bancar, factura consiliu local / utilitati sau pasaport Britanic).

Procedura de schimbare permis de conducere in Anglia UK, este din fericire foarte simpla si relativ rapida. Toate informatiile oficiale se gasesc pe site-ul guvernului Britanic aici. Dupa cum scrie clar si pe site-ul Britanic, cetatenii oricarui stat din UE, nu au nici o obligatie legala sa isi preschimbe permisul de conducere si au voie sa conduca cu cel European pana la varsta de 70 de ani. Pentru cei care au permis de conducere obtinut intr-o tara din afara Uniunii Europene, trebuie obligatoriu schimbat permisul de conducere in permis Britanic in maxim 12 luni de la sosirea in Anglia UK.

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Cum se compara taxele si salariile in Romania cu cele din vest?

How are taxes and salaries in Romania compared to the West? ENGLISH Article HERE

Cum se compara taxele si salariile din Romania cu cele din Vest, e adevarat ca platim mai mult si castigam mai putin? Haideti sa vedem:

Anglia, Marea Britanie 🇬🇧 salariul mediu anual 31300£ (37250€). Primii 12570£ castigati nu sunt impozitati. Doar din ce e peste 12 mii, pana la 50270 se ia impozit 20%. Daca unul din partneri castiga mai putin de 12570 pe an, celalalt are o reducere la taxe. Salariul minim national: 9.5£ pe ora (11.3€) , adica cam 1600 lire pe luna;

Taxe pe venit in Anglia, Marea Britanie

Franta 🇫🇷 , salariul mediu anual in 2021 a fost 39300€. Primii 10084€ nu se impoziteaza, din ce e peste 10 mii pana la 25710 se ia 11%, si din ce e peste 25 de mii pana la 73 de mii se ia 30%. In Franta impozitul se calculeaza pe venitul combinat al familiei, fiecare adult se ia ca parte intreaga, si fiecare copil ca jumatate de parte. Astfel ca daca intr-un cuplu cu un copil, doar sotul munceste, se va imparti venitul lui anual la 2.5, si dupa se observa unde se incadreaza in grila de impozitare, fiind posibil sa nu plateasca nimic. Salariul minim pe economie 10.25€ pe ora , adica cam 1763€ pe luna;

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Immigration from EU to UK England after Brexit – Work and Family paths – Who can do it and how?

It seems that some people still don’t understand that the UK has left the EU and that you cannot enter England after Brexit without having to answer to border officials regarding the purpose of your visit. So let’s see what are the legal ways to come to England after Brexit if you do not have a residence permit (aka Settled Status).

First of all, you can say goodbye to any thought of visiting England and looking for work during your visit. Many were refused entrance in to the country at the airport on a PERMANENT basis if the customs officers even sniffed that you came to work and not just to visit. The British authorities started asking EU nationals for a return ticket, proof of accommodation during the visit and proof that you have enough money to sustain yourself for the duration of your stay. If you’re lucky enough, nobody will ask you anything at the airport, but are you really willing to take that chance and risk flying for nothing?

In addition, all (legal) British employers and all employment agencies are now required by law to request from candidates the so-called “share code” which is an internet link generated by the UK government’s website to the page proving that you are resident in England UK. It doesn’t matter if you have Settled or (Pre) Settled Status, they both give you the right to work and live in England. I explained in the last article how to apply for Settled Status. The deadline to apply for residency was June 30, 2021 (there are very few exceptions in exceptional cases for those who live in England before 2021 or have family here but did not have time to apply before June 2021, the list of exemptions is here). But let’s say you still want to come to England and you don’t have a NINO, residency or any work history or studies in the UK. Let’s see what options you have:

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Is it better to live in Germany or UK on the long term? Why?

The war is long over, but who won in the end, Germany or UK England? Historians say that the United Kingdom and the Allies, but the modern reality on the ground says otherwise. In addition to official data, we will also look at the experiences of those who actually live in these two countries. I live and work in the UK – England since 2018, and my friends here have been living in various areas of England (London, Manchester) for more than 6 years. I have not lived in Germany personally (just in France) so I asked friends who have live there for research material. Three of them responded, out of which one is a doctor in the Dusseldorf area for 11 years, one works in retail in the Stuttgart area for more than 15 years and one came more recently (3 years) also in Dusseldorf metro area to work in the hospitality sector. Here is what I gathered from all of it:

  • Wages in Germany were already considerably higher than in the UK even before the Brexit referendum, which led to a decline in the value of the pound sterling, and this trend will continue in 2022. In 2020, the average gross wage in Germany was of EUR 47928 or GBP 40866 (at today’s exchange rate). In England UK – the average salary in the country is about 30000 Pounds per year or 35180 EUR at today’s rate. And the pound might continue to fall in 2022 due to the lack of strategy on the part of the British government and the general lack of management of the entire Brexit process; It is true that you pay more taxes in Germany, but even so, your NET income for the same job will still be higher there, no matter how you look at it (there are of course exceptions).
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How is cycling in UK? Is the Bicycle reliable?

We’ve all heard that England is a friendly country towards cyclists, but what’s it really like cycling in UK England? After years of hesitation, I finally mustered the courage to buy a second-hand bicycle. On fb market, I found this baby for just 60 pounds. Not bad, right?

Bicycle in England UK

I haven’t ridden a bike for many years, but I slowly worked it out. First through the local neighborhood, and then through the city. For a beginner cyclist, I must admit that the road infrastructure for cyclists and the car driver’s behavior is very encouraging. There are literally everywhere segregated routes from car traffic for bicycles, clearly marked dedicated lanes that are usually physically separated by some kind of barrier (green space, curbs, stanchions, etc.). But by far the most encouraging factor is the behavior of car drivers towards cyclists in UK England. Every time or at least 8 out of 10 cases, when they see you approaching an intersection, they slow down or come to a complete stop and signal you to pass. And if you have to share the road with cars, the drivers stay calm behind you until the opposite lane is clear, and then they overtake you with generous clearance to the bicycle. That is, without horns, close calls overtaking, without harassment, verbal abuse, etc, you know the usual in Romania and East Europe in general.

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Cum e cu bicicleta in Anglia UK? E un mijloc de transport viabil?

HOW IS CYCLING IN UK? IS THE BICYCLE RELIABLE? English Article HERE

Am auzit toti ca Anglia e o tara prietenoasa pentru biciclisti, dar cum de fapt cu bicicleta in Anglia? Dupa ani de ezitari, am facut in sfarsit curaj si am cumparat o bicicleta la mana a doua. Pe fb market am gasit aceasta minunatie la 60 de lire. Nu e rau nu?

Bicicleta in Anglia

Nu am mai mers de foarte multi ani pe bicicleta, dar usor usor mi-am facut curaj. Prima oara prin cartier, si dupa prin oras. Pentru un biciclist incepator, trewbuie sa recunosc ca infrastructura rutiera pentru biciclisti si compartamentul soferilor auto este extrem de incurajant. Exista literalmente peste tot circuite separate de traficul auto pentru biciclete, benzi dedicate clar marcate si deobicei separate fizic de un fel de bariera (spatiu verde, borduri, stalpisori, etc). Dar de departe cel mai incurajator este comportamentul soferilor fata de cei pe bicicleta in Anglia UK. De fiecare data sau macar 8 din 10 cazuri, cand te vad ca apropii de intersectie, incetinesc sau opresc si iti fac semn sa treci. Iar daca cumva trebuie sa mergi pe carosabil impreuna cu masinile, soferii stau calmi in spatele tau pana se elibereaza banda opusa, si te depasesc cu spatiu generos fata de bicicleta. Adica fara claxoane, treceri la milimetru, fara hartuire, injuraturi si ce se mai intampla prin Romania.

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Ce poti face in Romania si o persoana in UK Anglia nu poate face?

WHAT IS SOMETHING THAT YOU CAN DO IN ROMANIA THAT A PERSON IN THE UNITED KINGDOM CANNOT DO? (ENGLISH ARTICLE)

Marea Britanie (UK) este o țară minunată, cu o mulțime de locuri frumoase, dar, din păcate unele lucruri nu se pot face din cauza naturii. În țara noastră, România, nu se pot face o mulțime de lucruri din cauza limitărilor financiare, dar putem face totuși o gramada de alte lucruri, cum ar fi:

  • Pot sa merg la plajă și să mă bucur de o zi însorită la 32 C cu o bere în mână. Dacă mă încălzesc prea tare, fac o baie în Marea Neagră, unde vara apa este de 22 C. După scăldat, pot să stau pe nisipul fierbinte pentru a mă usca în timp ce urmăresc o paradă nesfârșită de fete locale care arată ca modele. După o zi superbă ca asta, pot să mă întorc a doua zi și să o iau iar de la capăt. Pot face asta timp de 2,5 luni și aproape niciodată nu trebuie să-mi fac griji cu privire la ploaie, cer gri sau ceată; Puteti face asta pentru încă 2 luni dacă nu vă deranjează să stați pe plajă la temperaturi ușor mai scăzute, cum ar fi 25 C. In Anglia am avut vara trecuta o singura zi cand temperatura a ajuns la 30 de grade, vara temperatura medie este de 21 grade C, iar maxima temperaturii apei la plaja este de 17 grade C.
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London or Paris? Which is the better city to visit as a tourist?

The eternal question and rivalry on the European continent: which is better: London or Paris? France or England UK? I know you are tired of Covid, but let’s hope that 2021 will be better and we will be able to travel again.

Although Europe has many wonderful cities, few have the power, prestige, size or wealth of these two rival capitals. There is of course also Madrid, but it’s just not quite in the same league. Vienna and Amsterdam are very beautiful but quite small, Istanbul is huge but leaves much to be desired, and Berlin is …just Berlin I guess.

I had the pleasure of visiting both capitals over time. Paris in 2009 long before we moved to France, thanks to my sister, to whom I wish to thank once again, and London in 2018 before moving to England.

But let’s start with the beginning: after we landed we made our way to the hotels, both in somewhat peripheral areas and this was the first impression we had of the cities:

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Londra sau Paris – Care e mai bun de vizitat ca turist?

London or Paris? Which is better to visit as a tourist? ENGLISH Article HERE

Intrebarea si rivalitatea eterna de pe continentul European: care e mai bun: Londra sau Paris? Franta sau Anglia UK? Stiu ca v-ati saturat de Covid, dar sper ca in 2021 va fi mai bine si vom putea calatori din nou.

Desi Europa are multe orase minunate, putine au puterea, prestigiul, marimea sau bogatia acestor doua capitale rivale. Desigur avem Madrid, dar nu este chiar in aceasi liga, Vienna si Amsterdam care sunt foarte frumoase dar relativ mici, Istanbul este urias dar lasa mult de dorit la unele aspecte, iar Berlin … e Berlin doar.

Am avut placerea de a vizita de a lungul timpului ambele capitale, Paris in 2009 cu mult inainte sa mutam in Franta, datorita sorei mele care ii multumesc inca odata, si Londra in 2018 inainte sa ne mutam in Anglia.

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