France tops, Australia rated second best place to live
Australia, January 10: Australia is the second best place to live, as per the annual index by a magazine ‘International Living’.
It has surpassed its nearest rival UK which has gone to 25th position most probably due to increased living costs, extreme climatic conditions, growing crime rate and overcrowded cities. As per the findings by the annual index last year, UK was positioned at number 20.
Meanwhile, France has become the new top best place to live, reveals the yearly index by ‘International Living’. It owes its top positioning to the fact that French people live life king size.
Among the factors taken into consideration in the rating given to any particular nation include environment; cost of living; climate; health; economy; freedom; culture and leisure; infrastructure and safety and risk.
The reason for Australia getting second position by the International Living magazine is because severe global recession had not affected the economy of Australia. Hence, Australia’s national currency, Australian dollar has not shown any signs of depression and continues to remain strong.
Also, natives and immigrants choosing to live in Australia enjoy a healthy lifestyle and have excellent outdoor sights and exotic beaches. No wonder, all these things combine to make Australia among the best places in the world.
While the third place goes to Switzerland, Germany and New Zealand have been ranked at number four and five respectively.
And talking about the slipping position of Britain down to 25 from last year’s 20th rating, it may be attributed to the tough living conditions and over-worked Britons.
The fact that France really deserves to be called the best place to live in the world is reinstated by looking at the lifestyle of the French people. They live life to the fullest and enjoy more holidays. Moreover, crime rate in the country is very low.
French also have a special fondness for cleanliness. So, its not unnatural to find beauty and cleanliness spread all around in the cities of France. All such factors go on to make life in France savored, agrees publisher of International Living magazine, Jackie Flynn.