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SLC assessment of required earnings for where I live is a joke. The threshold for paying is less than UK while cost of living out here is way higher, so the truth must be stretched.
As far as I remember between 16 and 66 ( or whenever the fuck they let people retire now) you need a total of forty years worth of NI contributions to get max state pension.
Igloo lands are different, not always great, pretty repressed but there is an expat culture, mainly ITV watching, Daily Mail reading mid 20's twats in Media, PR, Real Estate, Events or advertising sales. Must not forget the fat middle aged oil workers and their shrew like wives and multinational prostitutes. Like many places, it would be better without the British/americans/aussies/sithifrican.
Shit loads of money swilling around though, less than 2 quid a pack of fags, fill your tank for a tenner. A pint does cost 8 quid, so it's swings and roundabouts.
Also there really, literally is no alternative culture, in either the normal sense or the /a/ sense.