Thursday, April 07, 2011


We often complain about how court fees have risen in recent years. Spare a thought, however, for the town of Sangeorgiu de Mures in Romania. There, the fee for getting divorced is 10,000 lei (£2,065), which equates to nearly 60 per cent of the average annual salary. The average annual salary in this country is about £25,900, so by my calculation an equivalent fee here would be some £15,540. Perhaps we shouldn't be complaining after all...

[There is, in fact, a reason why the fee is so high in Sangeorgiu de Mures, although I wouldn't call it a 'good' reason. For details, see here.]

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