The UK has come fifth in uSwitch’s European quality of life index, losing out mainly because of the few hours of sunlight that shine on this blessed isle, but the nation is also lagging in a few key areas such as mobile signal, broadband and our hefty consumer debts.
See how the UK fared in the areas below and see if we could help cut your costs and improve your quality of life.
The uSwitch European quality of life rankings
To create the index we looked at the 15 largest European countries by GDP and ranked them against 20 factors associated with quality of life, such as working hours, internet speed, electricity bills and healthcare, to find out more take a look at the full results here.
Although the UK continues to invest in digital infrastructure, we sit in the middle of the pack for broadband speeds in Europe, with average speeds of 16.9mbps.
This is much slower compared to Norway, which enjoys the fastest average speeds of 23.5mbps.
|Country||Broadband speed (mbps)||Mobile signal
(the proportion of time users can connect to 3G or better signal)
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The UK is among one of the worst countries in our study, with mobile users only able to access a 3G or better signal 84.2% of the time.
This is almost 10% less than the best country for mobile signal, Finland, where consumers can access a 3G or better signal 93.9% of the time.
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British households pay average European prices for electricity (19 cents per kWh), ranking sixth place.
Denmark has the most expensive electricity at 31 cents per kWh and Poland the cheapest, at 94.2p and 13 cents per kWh.
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In the UK, Brits are racking up 150% of their total net income in debt (household debt includes everything from mortgages to credit cards and loans), meaning we are spending more than we have.
But, it could be worse, Denmark and the Netherlands have average consumer debt that’s over 250% of their net income.
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We found UK drivers pay roughly average European prices for petrol (£1.20 per litre) ranking sixth place.
But motoring in Britain seems pretty pricey when compared to Poland, who have the cheapest average price per litre of £0.94.
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