Podium representing best 3 places to live in EuropeThe Quality of Life Index as calculated annually by uSwitch.com shows France at the top of the leader board for the third time running.

A total of 10 European nations were involved in the survey and ranked on the basis of points scored across 16 areas. Amongst them were: cost of living, government spending, work-life balance, retirement age and life expectancy.

The UK found itself in last place for the first time, having struggled to compete in terms of hours of sunshine per year and number of days holiday. Time to emigrate then? A poll by uSwitch.com suggested 46% of people had thought about it…

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