Friday, September 30, 2011

survey - Britain worst country to live in Europe

It's a nice place to visit but you don't want to live there, if you go by a new survey.

Britain came 10th out of the 10 European countries in a Quality of Life Index due to high living costs, below average government spending on health and education, short holidays and late retirement.

France topped the Index for the second year in a row, with the French enjoying the highest quality of life, closely followed by Spain and Denmark.

In fact, in the UK, people pay the highest prices for food and diesel, yet the government spends below European average on health and education. Britons also work longer hours, retire later, receive less annual leave than most of our European counterparts and get less sunshine along the way. And, their life expectancy is below the European average of 79.3.

On the other hand, France enjoys the earliest retirement age, spends the most on healthcare and has the longest life expectancy in Europe. Its workers also benefit from 36 days holiday a year, compared with just 28 in the UK, and it comes only behind Spain and Italy for sunshine hours.

Spain has the most sunshine, the lowest prices for alcohol and the highest number of days holiday in Europe at 43 days a year. However, the Spanish government spends the least on education, according to the Quality of Life Index., which organised the Index, compared 16 factors in 10 European countries.  "Last year Brits were miserable but rich. This year we're miserable and poor. Whereas some countries work to live, in the UK consumers live to work," spokeswoman Ann Robinson was quoted by the British media as saying.

Interesting and relevant here is the Human Development Index, a comparative measure of life expectancy, literacy, education and standards of living for countries worldwide. It is a standard means of measuring well-being, especially child welfare. The top ten country rankings for 2010 are below. France came in 14th place and the UK at 26th.
  1.  Norway 0.938 
  2.  Australia 0.937
  3.  New Zealand 0.907 
  4.  United States 0.902
  5.  Ireland 0.895 
  6.  Liechtenstein 0.891 
  7.  Netherlands 0.890 
  8.  Canada 0.888 
  9.  Sweden 0.885 
  10.  Germany 0.885 


Anonymous said...

Cockroach Britain

Cockroach Britain is the worst country in the world. Cockroach Britain is the very same country, which has been terrorizing United Ireland for the past 800 years. Cockroach Britain is the very same country, which killed 100 million people in the colonies in 400 years & looted the economic resources of the whole world for four centuries.

We hate Cockroach Britain & its Shakespeare Cockroaches.

( Britain is called, Cockroach Britain & all English are called, Shakespeare Cockroaches )

transpressnz said...

the British behaved abominably in Ireland, particularly during the 1910s - but you can't blame the present generation for things their ancestors did. We hope people can learn to co-exist peacefully.