And the ‘happiest’ place to live in France is…?

Many would say it's the Dordogne, others would insist it's Provence, some might even argue it's Paris but which region of France really is the happiest place to live? And what about the unhappiest? Thanks to a new, detailed 'happiness index' The Local can reveal all.

And the 'happiest' place to live in France is...?

"What's the happiest region to live in France?" is a question that could be argued over for hours at expat dinner parties. Is it Brittany with it's green rolling hills, the outdoor paradise of Alps with its spectacular scenery, or the Riviera, with its effervescent sunshine?

And where, on the other hand, is the most miserable place to live in France?

Perhaps it's simply impossible to say?

But French analysts GLOBECO believe they have come up with the answers, based on a detailed formula that looks at several criteria from life expectancy and quality of life to education and crime, to create their own 'happiness index'. Their results may surprise you.

Below, The Local counts down the five "least happy" regions of France, and the Top 5 "happiest" places to live in "l'Hexagone" in 2013. Do you agree with these rankings? Make the case for your favourite part of France in the comments section below. 

The 10 'happiest' (and unhappiest) places to live in France

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