Bad quality Britain

The UK is the place with the worst quality of life in Europe, worse than debt hit Greece, according to the new uSwitch quality of life index.

Our beloved Blighty has the second lowest hours of sunshine, the fourth highest retirement age and spending on healthcare is third lowest, taken as a percentage of GDP.

Income is the fourth highest in Europe, but Brits have on average 5.5 fewer days holiday a year.

France was voted the place with best life quality, even though their average salary is lower than the UK's and with the workforce putting in more hours. Hours of sunshine, a lower average age of retirement and 36 days of holiday a year make France a place worth emigrating to.

And more than one in ten who took part in the survey say they are 'seriously considering' a move abroad.

Ann Robinson of uSwitch.com said: 'Last year, at least our neighbours in Ireland were worse off, now we can't even console ourselves with that. We are now officially at the bottom of the pile. We may still be enjoying the fourth highest household income in Europe, but the high cost of living means we are living to work.

'When coupled with many of the issues facing households in the UK today it is not surprising that one in 10 of us have contemplated starting a new life abroad. But for those of us who decide to stick it out and ride the storm, there will be no choice but to batten down the hatches. Cutting back where possible to help combat our high living costs will go some way to improving our quality of life.'

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