I have many weird little hobbies, and one of them is to read blogs and FB pages of Ukrainians who recently moved to Scandinavian countries. It’s really funny because they always start out thinking they are moving to this really great place. And then there is always a gradual realization that they hate it there. You have to work a lot more to be able to afford a lot less than back in Ukraine. Everything is super expensive. Everything in the area of service is downright unaffordable yet of ridiculously poor quality. The possibility of professional growth is non-existent because nobody cares about your hard work and talent. It’s all about seniority. Life is regimented in the extreme. There is no space for standing out, deciding for yourself, etc.
These blogs are like Bildungsromane in miniature. People have this whole awakening within a couple of years. It’s fascinating.