Why we are living on Pico island !  

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  Carola:    
   

- not too far away from Germany

- always green, always sea and always minimum of one flowering plant

- lots of protected nature, no beaches, therefore no mass tourism

- no big concrete structures

- the people are friendly, no commercial  life

- what counts here is "a man - a word", if you don't follow that, you are out.

 

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  Carsten:    
   

- the nature, the climate, the sea, very good fishing spots

- little traffic, far from industries and metropolitan towns, still in the EU

- few inhabitants

- to plant vegetables and fruits is always possible, no water problems

 

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  Elke: there are four reasons, why I love living here:  
   

- nobody is starving

- the good climate

- no water problems

- no poisonous animals

 

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  John:    
   

- nature, open space

- friendly people, friendly lifestyle

- little commercialisation

 

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  José:    
   

- the fresh, clean air

- the sea, always fresh fish and shellfish

- always fresh meat

- lots of sport, on sea and land

 

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  Leslie:    
  Advantages:

- a very quiet life

- very traditional

- one can enjoy a lot of freedom

- the people are very helpful

- little envy

- no snakes

- blue water + green island + nice weather = paradise !

 
  Disadvantages: - sometimes too windy  

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  Oliver: I have lived in a couple of countries, but Pico is the best by far because:  
  Advantages:

- the property prices and building cost are still acceptable

- the annual costs for a house are still low

- taxes and social security are reasonable

- lots of nature, nice climate

- low criminality rate

- very good functioning social structure

 
  Disadvantages:

- missing good restaurants

- product availability could be better (in the middle of the north Atlantic)

 

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  Ruth:

 

 
  Advantages:

- the tranquillity and friendliness of the people

- the simple and affordable life with still high quality

- the weather - no ice and snow

 
  Disadvantages:

- the medical system is quite poor

- friends stay back

- very basic cultural program (theatre, opera etc.)

 

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  Steffi:

 

 
   

- the low cost of life

- no poisonous animals

- the mentality of the people

 
   

 

 
  Toni:

 

 
  Advantages:

- the mentality of the people

- the low cost of life with still high quality

- the fast acceptance by the local people

- the nature, no industry

 
  Disadvantages:

- the shopping possibilities are limited, but one is learning fast what you really need and to organise yourself

- the language is quite complicated

 

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  Uwe:    
   

- quiet life, no stress

- healthy climate in nature

- the sea is my favourite !

 

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  Zoe:    
   

- good school and nice friends

- many nice places to swim and snorkle

 

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