Another example saying overall prices are 25% lower in Germany than the UK, where is the evidence for this? When I went to Germany I would say they were very similar overall and I know people who have gone to Germany recently and said the same. I don't know about incomes is Germany, but if the average income is over £43,000 I would expect Germany is to be flooded with people from other countries i.e they would represent over 50% of the overall German population. The £43,000 looks a little too high for say a median wage. The difference in GDP per person between the Germany and the UK is about 12% according to the Internet. However I do expect the wage differences are increasing and I expect the UK to have much more regional inequalities, income and wealth inequalities, because we are quite an unequal society. From what I have learnt Germans have seen themselves as a more collective society, certainly since 1870 than the UK while in the UK its been more fashionable to look after number 1 and put a low priority on wider society.