Thursday, 30 September 2010

Let's All Go to France!


Let's all go to France! British quality of life can't compare to the continent

Last updated at 7:50 AM on 22nd September 2010
If you climbed out of bed this morning feeling a little gloomy, you can draw comfort from the fact you're not alone. 
A study suggests the quality of life in Britain is among the worst in Europe.
The research into living costs, income, lifespan, health, retirement age, holidays and sunshine hours makes depressing reading for the people of Britain. 
French Cafe
house of crepes cafe
Cafe culture: French people are said to enjoy the best quality of life in Europe, with it scoring highly in several categories. The British languish in ninth place


The situation is so bad that one in three thinks that now would be a good time to emigrate. And France, it seems, is the ideal destination. 
The French enjoy the best quality of life in Europe, according to the survey of ten leading European nations, which bases its verdict on France being top for longevity, early retirement and health spending, and near the top in other categories. 
The study found that the price of a sample basket of food was £137.13 in this country compared with £121.81 in Spain and just £119.57 in France. On diesel costs, British drivers pay an average of £1.179 a litre, against just 98.2p in France. 
The cost of unleaded petrol, electricity, alcohol and cigarettes in this country is above the European average. 
The average UK retirement age is now the fourth highest in Europe at 63.1 years and is set to go higher. Only the Irish, the Dutch and Swedish work until later in life. 
France, Spain, Germany, Holland, Sweden and Italy all enjoy a longer life expectancy than the UK, where the average stands at 79.16. Workers in the UK have one of the lowest holiday entitlements in Europe at an average of 28 days.

Eiffel Tower with cityscape of Paris, France.
Blackpool tower GV's.
Sunnier climes: More people than ever want to emigrate, with France seen as the ideal destination. It has 1,937 hours of sun per year, compared to 1,476 in the UK


France, which has topped the index for the second year running, enjoys the earliest retirement age of 59.3 years, spends the most on healthcare and has the longest life expectancy at 81.09 years.
Its workers also benefit from 36 days holiday a year, while it is only beaten by Spain and Italy in terms of the number of hours of sunshine a year. The sunshine hours for the UK is 1,476 against 1,967 in France and 2,665 in Spain. 
Historically, Britons could cling to the fact they had the highest net income in Europe to make up for the other negative comparisons.
But this is no longer the case. Net household income in this country is put at £37,172 after tax, compared with £39,997 in Denmark, £41,130 in Holland and £44,955 in Ireland. 
In terms of spending on education and health, Britain lags behind other nations. The UK figure is below the European average, while spending on education in this country is only on a par with Poland.

The Poles rank fourth overall in the European Quality of Life Index, compiled by the price comparison service uSwitch.com.The UK is placed at nine with Ireland bottom in tenth. 
Director of consumer policy at uSwitch, Ann Robinson, said: 'Last year compared to our European neighbours we were miserable but rich.
'This year we're miserable and poor. With salaries failing to keep up with inflation, it's likely that we're a long way from achieving the quality of life that people in other countries enjoy.'


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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

OK - but they're a bunch of fascists when it comes to the French attitude towards Breton, Basque or Catalan within the state.

Rather the Queen of England than the French Republic. And that's saying something.

alanindyfed said...

I agree with your comment but Brittany may be a good destination. After all that is what the Britons of the West Country were obliged to do years ago...

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