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UK drops to 25th on ‘best place’ list

Britain has dropped to 25th place on a list of the best places in the world to live -- behind countries like the Czech Republic, Andorra and Lithuania.

While France tops the poll for the fifth year in succession, the UK is associated with a dismal climate, soaring crime rate and cost of living, congested roads and equally overcrowded cities.

The Quality of Life Index, which is published by International Living magazine for the 30th year in a row, puts Britain down five places from 20th in 2009.

Australia is placed second after France, with Switzerland in third.

Belfast Telegraph