According to a study made by these guys, the answer to the title-question is obviously positive, and there are at least nine European countries (why precisely nine or why so few?!) where it’s better to live than in Britain.
I guess it’s not a surprise that, time and again, France it’s not simply ahead of Britain. Once more, the ‘bloody French’ are number one; they have the best quality of life, compared to all EU’s big nations.
If France’s leading place isn’t a surprise, some of the other countries where life appears to be better than in the UK could twist the knife in some proud Britons’ wounded egos…
This is the list: 1. France, 2. Spain, 3. Denmark, 4. Netherlands, 5. Germany, 6. Poland, 7. Italy, 8. Sweden, 9. Ireland, and… 10. UK.
How much better can life be in the Eastern lands of Germany? Isn’t Spain’s economic boom over, and the unemployment rate increasing rapidly? Doesn’t Italy have one of the weakest economies in the Euro Zone? Or what about the poor Poles who were flocking to Britain until a year ago?
Questions like the above are irrelevant, as long as, according to 17 factors – among which: net income, taxes, the cost of essential goods, working hours, holiday entitlement, life expectancy – the life of Brits is of a poorer quality than that of other nine nations in the UE (which have a total population of some 250 million).
What’s really sad is the fact that the UK had the highest net household income – £ 35,730 a year, more than £ 10,000 above the European average – but to no avail. Money simply makes no positive difference.
“There is more to good living than money and this report shows why so many Brits are giving up on the UK and heading to France and Spain”, someone from the company issuing the survey says.
Big money, biggger problems, therefore a much more complicated and unsatisfying life for many Brits. Would this be a correct diagnosis?
Most of these quality of life surveys suck, as they reduce the human to a consumer (not a soul), but there must be some truth in this one. The Brits have been earning more than many other Europeans for the past decade or so, yet this brought little – if any whatsoever! – ‘good’ in their lives.
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