Britain has been designated the worst place to live in Europe, compared with nine other major countries, despite the fact that Brits earn
by far the highest wages.
Life in sun-soaked Spain or in France, where people retire early and live longer, was judged to be the best by researchers at uSwitch.com in the latest European Quality of Life index.
Earning £35,730 a year on average, Britons are £10,000 richer than their European neighbours, but that doesn't translate into an easier life.
Shoppers in Britain pay higher prices for fuel, food, alcohol and cigarettes and overall receive poorer healthcare and education, the survey found. The 10 major countries surveyed were ranked in the following order: France, Spain, Denmark, Holland, Germany, Poland, Italy, Sweden, Ireland and UK.