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Britain has dropped to 25th place on a list of the best places in the world to live - behind countries such as the Czech Republic, Lithuania and Uruguay.

While France tops the poll for the fifth year running, the UK's climate, crime rate, cost of living, congested roads and overcrowded cities have pushed it even further down from last year's ranking at 20.

The Quality of Life Index, published by International Living magazine for the 30th year, says the French live life to the full, while Britons are over-worked.

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In all, 194 countries are surveyed on nine criteria, including the cost of living, culture and leisure, environment, safety, culture and weather.

Australia is placed second after France, followed by Switzerland, Germany and New Zealand.

Even former communist countries where unemployment is still rife are considered better places to settle down in than Britain, with Lithuania and the Czech Republic coming in at 22nd and 24th place respectively.

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Cars near high-rise flats in Vilnius, Lithuania: The Baltic state came in three places above Britain in the list

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Ice skaters trek around the frozen Lake Nasijarvi in Tampere, southern Finland: The Scandinavian country came 18th in the list of best places in the world

Variety is also seen as a major factor in France's appeal, with the survey noting: 'Romantic Paris offers the best of everything, but services don't fall away in Alsace's wine villages, in wild and lovely Corsica, in lavender-scented Provence. Or in the Languedoc of the troubadors, bathed in Mediterranean sunlight.'

Britain does not top a single category in the survey, which is compiled using official government statistics, data from the World Health Organisation and the views of the magazine's editors around the globe.

The U.S. fell from third to seventh place because of the economic crisis last year. A magazine spokesman said: 'Sustaining the American Dream has escalated out of the reach of many.'

Germany is widely praised for its efficiency and leisure facilities, with the magazine noting that 'the Harz Mountains now has a specialist hiking trail for nudists. Germany is arguably the world's most naturist-friendly country'.
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As Australia seems absolutely determined to replicate the mistakes made in the UK, it won't be long before we drop down to around 25 as well.

Bizarre really, we had the greatest country in the world, but all seem content to let the government destroy it due to overcrowding and the resultant "nanny-state" rules that this entails.

Funny that the survey picks the country as number 1 where I just bought a nice little holiday house to give me time away from decaying Australia.

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I always used to wonder, who compiles these studies and how do journalists evaluate them?

Then as a student, working part time as as a journalist for a major publisher, I discovered the secret!

Three seedy journo's in a pub, get together and either invent or completely distort an actual study, invent some official sounding institute committee or such like as a source, get some kid to deliver the the copy to the paper on time, claim expenses, and spend the rest of the night in the pub, moving on to a club for further research and "confirming research"!

Times have changed, now the noble members of the forth estate rewrite   somebody's blog, email it in, and continue drinking....!

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I agree. But the only downside that I see with living in anywhere in Europe is the high cost of living. You won't be making it out alive if you live with only a penny a day.

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At 1$Aud to .70 Euro I respectfully disagree.

Europe is so much cheaper than Australia it is unbelievable.

Equivalent property is about 1/2 the price (Australia is surely the most over-valued property market in the whole world). We have hidden costs as well, such as the ludicrous 2% real estate agents fees to sell a property and the exhorbitant Stamp Duty.

Cars are 2/3 to 1/2 the price. A Nissan Leaf is around A$35,000 with enviromental rebates - we are talking around $70,000 here.

Good bottles of wine are about 2 to 3 Euro. Food can be a bit more expensive (esp. in restaurants) but basic supermarket pricing is not too bad.

I have spent nearly 25% of the last 10 years living in various places in Europe (mainly France) and it is strange that I appear to be one of the few Aussies who sees Australia in a total cultural and physical decline (our economy is doing o.k.) whilst Europe has maintained it's culture and values despite significant economic problems.

The main difference is that Australian's appear to be happy [for both the liberal and labor govts] to sell out their culture and values to make a few extra dollars whilst Europeans are far more guarded and want to protect what they have.


Of course, if you go for a holiday to say central London or the middle of Paris, it will seem very expensive.

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Digger11 wrote: I have spent nearly 25% of the last 10 years living in various places in Europe (mainly France) and it is strange that I appear to be one of the few Aussies who sees Australia in a total cultural and physical decline (our economy is doing o.k.) whilst Europe has maintained it's culture and values despite significant economic problems.

The main difference is that Australian's appear to be happy [for both the liberal and labor govts] to sell out their culture and values to make a few extra dollars whilst Europeans are far more guarded and want to protect what they have.


Hmmm..Don't yet me wrong, I'm not one of those flag waving professional Aussies who cry, 'Australia is the best place in the world'!

However, cultural and physical decline? Oh, c'mon! How do you define culture? Physical decline? That's just a silly tabloid beat up! I'm not sure what 'cultural values' the liberals or labour are selling out? I agree there is an disturbing propensity to accept anti-civil libertarian legislation, but that aside, we never really had a lot of culture to begin with!

Like you, I also spend a great proportion of my working year abroad. I can't say that I have noticed a marked difference in Australian 'values'. Or for that matter any significant rise in the 'values of Europe.

I mean, the Rudd government may be annoying, often stupid and incompetent, utterly hypocritical and self-serving, and will undoubtedly 'end in tears'! On the other hand it would be unfair to say that Rudd and his ministers are venal, corrupt or evil persons. Most, well all, of the ministers mean well!

Generally speaking, most of of our Senior politicians are fairly decent individuals who work hard, with little reward, and truly believe they are serving the nations best interests.The faults they possess are human, and certainly faults that can be found in all of their fellow Australians.

Like most secure democracies, politics doesn't attract really talented great men. This is actually a good thing, as the truly talented can be a bit hard to get rid of, when they don't want to go!

Government's aside, what do you see as the symptoms of Australian decline?


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