9.= Finland, Netherlands, Switzerland
12. Belgium, Luxembourg
17.= Italy, United Kingdom
20. New Zealand
This is the list of the top twenty countries in the world rated for their quality of life. A few surprises here with Italy way down at 17=, Denmark at 15, and the United Kingdom ahead of Spain and New Zealand.
I was about to consign this study to the category of "deranged academia at it again", when I realised the reason for this order.
The top 5 Norway [Jo Nesbo, Karin Fossum], Iceland[Arnaldur Indidrason], Australia [Peter Temple,Gary Disher], Ireland [Ken Bruen, Declan Burke and others], and Sweden [Henning Mankell, Karin Alvetegen, Kjell Eriksson, Ake Edwardson, Liza Marklund, and Hakan Nesser] have produced some of the best crime fiction in the world over the past few years.
But no way should Italy [Andrea Camilleri, Massimo Carlotto, Carlo Lucarelli, Gianrico Carofiglio] be rated that low down.
Obviously more study is required as to what parameters were used, especially as so many people from the UK move to Spain.
The UK usually comes in trailing last in these sort of studies just behind the USA and very far behind the Scandinavians. This is possibly because not all of Britain is as beautiful as Devon, with Dartmoor and two beautiful coasts. No I am not being paid by the tourist board, it is true.