This Italian Mayor Wants To Pay You €2,000 To Live In His Village
Where do we sign?
Grab your passport and say ‘addio’ to your friends and family - because the mayor of a remote mountain village in Italy is offering €2,000 to anyone who will move there. For reals.
Bormida - aka your new home - is located in the Liguria region of Italy, and is currently home to a whopping 453 people. So slim pickings on Tinder, then.
Mayor Daniele Galliano wants to prevent the little village’s population dwindling any further with his generous offer, after an exodus of local young people leaving to find work in bigger cities.
Again, those Tinder prospects are not looking great.
He’s also sweetening the deal by claiming that new residents will pay as little as €50 a month in rent. As if you weren’t already sold.
There’s a slight hiccup in that the details of the cash offer haven’t actually be finalised yet - Galliano wrote on his Facebook page that he still needs the approval of the local council. But if all goes ahead, next year could see anyone who transfers their residence to Bormida, and either rents or buys a property there, gifted with €2,000.
“We’re still working out the plan, but anyone is welcome to come and live here,” said a local councillor, who asked not to be named. “We’re a small community but very welcoming. We’re high up in a mountain area but also not."
The manager of one of the town’s four - FOUR! - restaurants shed some light on what Bormida is actually like, telling The Guardian: “There is nothing much to do here. But life is so simple and natural, we have forests, goats, the church, and plenty of good food. Life would definitely be free of stress.”
Well as long as there are goats.
As brilliant as this offer is, it actually highlights a pretty serious problem - a report last year by an Italian environmental association found that 2,500 villages across Italy risk being abandoned due to depopulation.
So, see you in Bormida, yeah?
In what is possibly the saddest news we’ve heard all day, Mayor Galliano has once again taken to Facebook - this time to clear up some confusion. Apparently, his offer was ‘extended only at a national level’, meaning that unless you already live in Italy, you won’t be getting any cash money for a Bormida move. Boo. He also said that 17,000 people have responded to the offer, and seems mildly alarmed at the idea of them all moving to his tiny village. Ah, the power of the internet, eh?
By Lizzie Cox