International Living for Senior Citizens

Feb 10th, 2010 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Recently France was chosen to be the Most Liveable country in the world.   The main reasons were free college, low cost of living and free healthcare.  

 

Infoplease.com did not concur.  They listed the following countries to be the top five:  Norway, Iceland, Australia, Ireland and Sweden.  France was #16.  The Least Liveable Top Five were Niger, Sierra Leone, Mali, Burkina Faso and Guinea-Bissau. No surprise there.  The listings were provided by the  Human Development Index (HDI), published annually by the UN that ranks nations according to their citizens’ quality of life rather than strictly by a nation’s traditional economic figures. The criteria for calculating rankings include life expectancy, educational attainment, and adjusted real income.  

 

However, the Quality of Life Index, published by International Living Magazine for the 30th year, says the French live life to the full, while Britons are over-worked. The magazine says the French enjoy everything from Riviera beaches and Alpine ski resorts to what it describes as ‘the best health service in the world’.  According to International Living Magazine, France comes on top of the league among 191 countries with the best quality of life. Criteria were cost of living, culture and leisure, economy, environment, freedom, health, infrastructure (including transport), safety and climate. France scored extremely well, thanks to its high-speed TGV trains, spare hospital beds, culture, food, ski resorts, beaches and warm climate.  

 

To produce this Annual Index, number crunching within the nine categories was necessary.  The statistics came from government websites, the World Health Organization, and The Economist, to name but a few. They also looked at what their editors from all over the world had to say about their findings. 

 

While France tops the poll for the fifth year running, the UK doesn’t fare so well; it’s climate, crime rate, cost of living, congested roads and overcrowded cities have pushed it even further down from last year’s ranking at 20. Overall, France topped the poll for the fifth consecutive year, followed by Australia, Switzerland, and Germany. The US lost four positions to end at seventh.   jeb



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