Move out, get a job and become independent – is a commonly heard chant – but how does this work when renting is too expensive, jobs are few and far between and/or independence is unobtainable?
Whereas people in England and America have understood that the times have changed, it seems like Norwegians are still stuck in a fantasy. Norwegian households are some of the most indebted in the world. ( Read this if interested in details: An Insight Into The State of A European Nation – Election in Norway/Valg i Norge 2017.) Benefit payments is also the greatest financial burden for the Norwegian state. It is said that the nation is currently experiencing a mental-health epidemic as well and that this is set to increase; too bad for Norway Inc; as this will mean more young people officially labeled as “unfit to work,” which means even less circulation of cash within the welfare project.
Years ago I remember looking into how expensive it would be for me to move out. What were my options? How would my life change? What I found out was that it would only change for the worse.
First of all it would mean sharing living space with other people; strangers. Like having a room in another family’s house, or living in a collective with strangers, or even worse sharing room with a stranger which is now perfectly common in a big city such as London. Even living small would have cost a fortune and certainly not offered any sort of independence or freedom in terms of what I could have done with my time.
Not to forget that it is potentially unsafe, as “independence” in a European country either means:
- co-living with others in a “cheap” area inhabited by immigrants. Which is dangerous in the current Europe, unless you convert and/or date a New-European for protection. Not to forget that you’ll have no free time to do anything that you want to do, as you’ll literally be a wage slave; unless you can think of a clever way out. You’ll also be soaked in debt and probably possess a fancy sounding degree that you cannot use for anything.
- live off the government, which will give you a substantial income, but drain the resources of your nation. There are many who live like this. It is perfectly accepted and not looked down upon. Many a times I wondered in the past how my female friends could buy themselves new clothes and fine things – well they got the cash from the Norwegian state.
This is basically what baby-boomers in particular mean when they talk about independence, because when they were young, they had their own places, had time to do fun stuff and seemingly had cash raining down on them from somewhere magical. They therefore champion “finding oneself” (which you will not have the money or the time to do if living on your own) and getting a degree (which will give you lots of debt and no guarantees for future employment).
It is not uncommon to run into people in their late twenties and early thirties who still live at home with their parents even though they have a job and/or are building their own business, in fact it would probably surprise you how many there are. In fact it is the norm to hear of people who bravely moved out only to move back home shortly afterwards, because they just couldn’t afford it.
People don’t really know what they talk about when they chant about independence, it is “false advertising” from individuals who don’t seem to comprehend that you’ll be furthered tied to the state (which is not beneficial for the nation) or stuck in the gutter (which will not make you happy or keep you safe).
The best option in most cases is therefore to live with family while studying, working and/or building a business. This is not uncommon to see in southern Europe, in fact there it is perfectly normal to do so until marriage. In the North however it is generally frowned upon if you live with your parents, even if you are not a burden on the much worshipped welfare state.