According to the article:
"People in the UK pay the highest prices for food and diesel, yet the government spends below the European average (as a percentage of GDP) on health and education. We also work longer hours, retire later, receive less annual leave than most of our European counterparts and get less sunshine along the way – not to mention the fact that we can expect to die two years younger than our French counterparts."
Therefore the message to you would appear to be: get your excellent university degree from the UK, but don't stay here afterwards!
However, as usual, a closer look at the statistics is interesting, to me at least! Firstly, only 10 countries are included in the study. Secondly, take a look a list of indicators used in the research:
- net household income after tax
- average working hours per week
- hours of sunshine per year
- retirement age
- number of days holiday per year
- education spending as % of GDP
- health spending as % of GDP
- fuel unleaded gasoline per litre
- fuel diesel per litre
- gas per GJ
- electricity per kWh
- alcohol prices index
- food prices index
- cigarette prices per 20
- life expectancy
Can you please notice any other possible problems which can help save my wonderful country from being called the 2nd worst place to live in Europe?