Sunday, March 19, 2006


Welcome to Italy Egil!

A decade after I arrived in Italy I got a "welcome letter" from the mayor of the town I moved to:

Dear citizen.
The Municipality of Paderno Dugnano has been working for some years in favour of the integration of foreign citizens.

It is now my pleasure to send you the guide to services where you can find useful information for everyday life.

I would also like to inform you that you can telephone for whichever foreign information to the shop at the following numbers … and …

Trusting in a future of mutual acquaintance and collaboration. Yours faithfully

Some people may see this as a waste of tax payers money as the project has been sponsored (i.e. paid) by the region of Lombardia. I think it is a good idea though, and I wished I had the booklet that came with the letter when I arrived 10 years ago. The booklet has a handy reference section with phone numbers and addresses. It also explains all the quirks and expressions of the Italian byrocracy. And believe me, there is a lot of it. The situation has improved the last few years but I don't know how many days I have wasted in various public offices, some times just to be sent to a different one.

A special thanks to the fellow inhabitants of Lombardia from me.

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