According to an article in our local newspaper, there’s a campaign going on to bring ex-pat Scots back to Scotland to live. The population is declining, with the same number of people in the Greater Toronto Area as there are in all of Scotland. The article touts the glories of Scotalnd – castles, glens, heather and the skirl of the pipes, not to mention haggis (eeew). All that notwithstanding, I think I’ll stay right here.
The article goes on to say that a 2003 study found that from 1991-1995, the mortality rate of people of working age was the worst in Western Europe, and that in 2000, women had the lowest life expectancy in Europe and men the second lowest.
Does the author think telling me this would make me want to run out and buy a one-way ticket back to Scotland? I don’t think so. Now maybe if they offered Mel Gibson in a kilt …
What about you? If you aren’t now living in your home town, would you like to go back and live there?