My GF (originally Taiwanese, now Luxembourgian) was very satisfied with the results of the study, reminding me on several occasions that Taiwan ranks ahead of Germany (my home country). [/quote]
Tell her that a PPP per capita GDP index is a very subjective thing, as definitions may vary all over the place.
What is shows is that rice and scooters are cheaper here than in Germany.
If you really want to make her day, then also remind her that Germany is more or less 2 countries seen from a standard of living point of view. You have the east and the west, and there are some differences in how much money the average Gunther has depending on which side of the old iron carpet you are on.[/quote]
Hey Mr. He, are you trying to reduce my “lazily hanging around on a Saturday afternoon”-quality of life by making me start a discussion with my GF?
Even worse, your arguments wouldn’t help me: Germany (21) ranks ahead of Taiwan (22) in the PPP index (but not in the quality of life index), so I don’t have to question the PPP calculation. Concerning the west-east divide, this is true when looking at the GDP per capita. However, in terms of quality of life I’d divide the country into north and south, with the south (states of Bavaria and Baden-W