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Germany ranked world's fourth best place to live

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Quedlinburg was among the magazine's favourite German cities. Photo: DPA
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Germany has been ranked the world's fourth best place to live by the 2010 Quality of Life Index, compiled by travel magazine International Living.

The land of beer and bratwurst came in behind five-time first place winner France, followed by Australia and Switzerland, based on categories such as cost of living, culture and leisure, economy, environment, health, infrastructure, safety and climate.

Many ex-military Americans enjoy retiring in Germany because it isn't overrun with youth culture, according to the rankings.

“Techno-throb Berlin and numerous summer rock festivals refute that, but this is the land of Goethe and Beethoven. Theatre, art, and classical music concerts aren't considered elitist,” the report said.

Quality health insurance, high average wages, and quality infrastructure are also an important draw.

“In Germany, everything works and works well,” it said.

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Sports and nature lovers also find themselves at home at Teutonic national parks and hiking trails, which even include a specialist trail for nudists, the magazine continued.

Christmas markets and fairy tale towns add a bit of whimsical appeal for romantics, and affordable real estate – even in posh spa towns like Baden Baden – make Germany among what the magazine called a “great” standard of living.

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