sammydk wrote:Haha, tell me about it.. I don't know what it's called in English, but if you drive manually there are 3 pedals instead of two, and you have to sort of combine the gas pedal with the.. hmm, it's called 'koblingen' in Danish, but that's the one to the far left that keeps the engine going. You can't just psuh the gas pedal, then the engine will stop. (And that's not fun when you're holding in line, lots of cars behind you. )
It's particualr difficult if the road goes up hill, even the tiniest bit.
I got the hang of it now, my dad taugt me a few tricks.
Another thing; do you get your drivers lisences in highschool, or do you have to pay for it yourself?
We have to, and the avarage price is about 15.000 kr, which is some 2500 dollars... Thats right...
That third pedal is called the "clutch" in English
A friend tried to give me a quick lesson in driving "stick" (manually) but nothing really stuck with me, so I stick with automatic but I think it would be really badass to learn stick someday when I have the time. It just seems so much cooler than driving automatic
It's one of the goals I would like to acheive over my lifetime. And woah! $2500?!?!? I thought all the silly fees in the US were ridiculous, but I paid little more than that for my first car... if it had cost that much just to get my license, I would not have been driving for a long time.
It isn't easy, but once you get the hang of it, it shoulnd't be a problem.
The fees in the US is nothing compared to the ones in Denmark..
Example: I make something like 16800 Dkr per month, whihc is something like 3360 dollars. Then I have to pay about 40 percent in taxes (thats right..) and to make it worse, that's the normal amount for an average income here. I do have some things I can substract before that, but it is still a lot. The price for a car is just about 180 percent more than in the US.. And that's before insurence, more taxes, fees, and a funny little thing called 'moms', which is 25 percent....
BUT: once we pay all these things for our food, cars, houses, clothing, etc etc, we have free hospitals, free doctors, and every single person in Denmark has the right to get a certain amount from the goverment each month as a help. It isn't much but enough to help you with basic things. If you get sick during work, everybody gets 'sygedagpenge', from your local city hall or what ever it's called.
So yes, we might live in a very expensive country but we never ever get really poor.