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This Italian Region Will Pay You $27K to Move There, Open a Business, Live Your Best Life

This Italian Region Will Pay You $27K to Move There, Open a Business, Live Your Best Life

If you watched the second season of Master of None and promptly dreamt of devouring homemade pasta and thriving in the Italian countryside, then dream no more. The president of Molise, a duel mountainside and coastal-hugging region east of Rome, wants to invite you to come live there. An added perk? He wants you to open up your own business, and will give you $27,000 to do it.

“If we had offered funding, it would have been yet another charity gesture,” the President Donato Toma, said to in a report by the The Guardian. “We wanted to do more; we wanted people to invest here. They can open any sort of activity: a bread shop, a stationery shop, a restaurant, anything. It’s a way to breathe life into our towns while also increasing the population.”

The offer comes on the heels of a dwindling population in Italy, where young people have immigrated to other European nations in search of job opportunities, and where birthrates are at an all-time low. Molise, a region that covers over 1,700 square miles, has a little over 300,000 citizens — and the numbers are decreasing. In fact, there wasn’t a single recored birth in the region in all of 2018, according to the paper.