Well, if you can tolerate their rudeness and arrogance, France is apparently the place to be. Interestingly, I told my US friends that I wish we had more convenience in Canada like they do in the USA. They have everything drive thru down there and tons more selection of everything. They literally have a drive thru down there for everything, it’s no wonder Americans are on the top list of having the most obese people in the world. They eat and never leave their car.
Canada?? Really. We’re heavily taxed on everything, it’s dispictable. And I just I learned today the 5 cent cost for grocery bags that the city of Toronto brought in this past summer goes to the fregin store!!! I thought it was to charity!! Only very few grocers donate to their chosen charity from the bag proceeds. Hell to the NO, I will not be buying bags anymore. I will carry with me those heavy duty granny bags you buy from Metro.
Canada squeaked into the Top 10 of International Living’s best places in the world to live this year.
The magazine, which specializes in finding comfy, well-priced retirement real estate for Americans, put France in the top spot for the fifth year running. But the 30-year-old magazine boosted Canada’s ranking in the leisure and culture and economy measures to lift it into ninth place, after Belgium but before Italy.
“It’s evident from our compilation that the British Commonwealth countries of Australia, New Zealand and Canada are doing very well and despite the bumps in the road have managed dependable economic performance,” publisher Jackie Flynn said in announcing the annual rankings released in early January. “Australia moved from fifth place last year into second place this year, largely thanks to its remarkable economic recovery. It’s already officially out of recession.”
Climate has long pulled Canada’s score down. Canada ranked 19th in 2009; 16th in 2008 and 22nd in 2007.
“Health care and living standards are among the highest in the world,” the magazine’s Quality of Life Index reports in its January issue. “Cost of living is affordable, although the strong currency has made it relatively more expensive. Canadians are warm, welcoming and fun and the country still retains many of the charms brought by her early visitors from Europe.”
European charm is a big factor for International Living and its affluent retiree readers. In praising France, the magazine notes a bottle of the “world’s best rosé wine” costs $4.12 (U.S.), a half-pound of homemade garlic sausage $1.60 and “monthly premium for private health care” is $125, while a four-bedroom stone farmhouse goes for just $186,000.
“I don’t think anyone will argue that France is one of the most beautiful countries in the world,” says Flynn. “The French love little window boxes filled with flowers, tidy gardens, pretty sidewalk cafes and clean streets.”
The top 10:
3. Switzerland (“Swallow a Swiss pill and you know it won’t poison you. You know the bank will always be discreet. You also know everyone will speak your language.”)
4. Germany (“You could buy a 55-square-metre apartment for $160,000.”)
5. New Zealand
6. Luxembourg (The most “Michelin-starred restaurants per square mile … a tax haven.”)
7. United States (“The land of convenience.”)
10. Italy (“Farmhouses with a couple of acres for $60,000.”)