The British are Europe's richest people, but only Ireland has worse quality of life


Blackleaf
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The British are the richest people in Europe - but money doesn't always mean happiness.

Despite the material wealth of the British, only the Republic of Ireland has a worst standard of living .............




Wednesday, July 16, 2008


Brits low in good life table

By DAVID WOODING


BRITAIN has one of the worst standards of living in Europe, a report reveals today.

We are in ninth place in an EU top 10.

We earn more than most other countries but our food, fuel and housing costs are higher and we spend less on schools and hospitals.

We have fewer holidays, retire later — and have less sunshine.

Price comparison site uSwitch.com looked at 19 factors that dictate quality of life.
Spaniards enjoy the best.

Ann Robinson of uSwitch said: “When it come to quality of life, we remain the sick man of Europe.”

NET ANNUAL INCOME (AFTER TAX)

1) Britain - £35,750
2) Republic of Ireland - £29,192
3) Denmark: £27,834
4) Germany: £27,468
5) Sweden: £26,848
6) Netherlands: £26,414
7) France: £24,220
8 )Poland: £21,331
9) Italy: £18,218
10) Spain: £16,789
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ANNUAL HOURS OF SUNSHINE

1) Spain - 2665
2) Italy - 2356
3) France - 1967
4) Denmark - 1706
5) Sweden - 1702
6) Germany - 1573
7) Poland - 1514
8 )Britain - 1476
9) Netherlands - 1414
10) Republic of Ireland - 1397
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LIFE EXPECTANCY (YEARS)

France/Sweden - 81
Spain/Italy - 80
Germany/Netherlands/Britain - 79
Republic of Ireland/Denmark - 78
Poland - 75


The Top Ten countries for quality of life are:
1 Spain;
2 France;
3 Germany;
4 Netherlands;
5 Denmark;
6 Sweden;
7 Italy;
8 Poland;
9 Britain;
10 Republic of Ireland.

thesun.co.uk
 
YoungJoonKim
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LOL where's Canada and USA
 
Machjo
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Quote: Originally Posted by YoungJoonKim View Post

LOL where's Canada and USA

Outside of Europe last I'd checked.
 
Machjo
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Annual hours ofs unshine?
Life expectancy?

What? I can live a few days without sunshine. And what about depressives with long life? they want to die early.

Who created this ridiculous assessment?

Why not include things that really affect quality of life, like:

Are people happy? Could be measured by the divorce rate or other potentially evitable traumas in life. Wouldn't that be a better indicator of quality of life?

How about a 'happiness index' or something of the sort? I can't imagine hours of sunlight plays too major a role in this.