Common misconceptions and clichés about life in England

Hello everyone,

Old clichés die hard, as the saying goes... and living in England can generate lots of misconceptions in the eyes of the people.

What are the most common misconceptions about the expat lifestyle in England?

What are the most common clichés about life in England in general?

Did you have a biased view of the country before moving there? What is you view now?

Thanks in advance,


That the life is tough and taxes too high but on the flip side there are many benefits to compensate for that
Plus the weather is always talked about ...that's mind perception can handle anything with the right equipment

What taxes are too high?

The taxes ARE high: Income Tax, Council Tax, VAT at 20% on most things, tax on savings, Fuel Duty, TV licence, National Insurance, Air Passenger Duty and so on.  Depending upon the source of information, the UK is in the top 10 most taxed countries.


I have been living in Coventry for 4 months and come from France.
Before coming, I thought that the rents and the life were expensive.
On my side, my salary after taxes is much higher than in France being the same before taxes. Futhermore, the life in Coventry is much cheaper than in France regarding the shops, grocery shops, gym, restaurants, etc.
To conclude, it never rains and it is not ironic.



Yes the taxes are too high i have heard before.

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