Best European Countries to Live In

The Top Ten
1 Germany Germany was formally united in 1871 under the initiative of Bismarck with King Wilhelm of Prussia as emperor. The previous 'Holy Roman Empire', basically a continuation of the empire of Charlemagne/Karl der Grosse was dissolved in 1806. ...read more.

Germany is best place to live in, but if they would have won WW2, it would even be better there, cause now they have the problem, that a lot of people from the third-world came to Germany for living. This can be a big problem seen in the long run, because what, for example, muslim people will do when they came in the majority in a country, the history has told us more than often in last centuries.So in this point, Germany should soon change their politics to remain the good country, the great economy and the high level of education, which the indigenous german population has since a long time now. Then it will stay one of the best countries for living in the world.

I really love Germany and I do wish I can have an apportunity to live there...I just do many researches of Germany and whenever I find all of the sudden a beautiful picture of one of Germany's historical castles, I get even more interested to search for more of Germany. Such a phenomenal country with a powerful military and democracy, interesting history, beautiful-portrating landscapes, wonderful castles and fantastical architectural buildings...I'm really excited to immigrate there...! Such a land of freedom and liberty..Go Germany, go!

I live here since the 00's and it is clean, well-managed and friendly (outside of those crazy parts in the East). The food is great, the public transport, healthcare and education system is great, it's centrally located, so you can visit all of Europe from here, and the weather is lovely and mild. Germany has everything from beaches to mountains. Just make sure you learn the language! Otherwise you will have a hard time getting a good job!

Nothing's better than visitng Germany..just try visiting it...at least to once. It has one of the most interesting histories, gorgeous, old castles, beautiful-portraying landscapes, phenomenal architectural buildings, powerful military and democracy, best soccer nationd and highly-advanced countries ever found...I'm so excited to immigrate there..I'll be hopefully leaving this miserable country to move into a happy one...it deserves to be number one...too bad to find that France's rank here is HIGHER than Swrizerland's..

Ich liebe Deutschland!

2 France France, officially the French Republic, is a sovereign state comprising territory in western Europe and several overseas regions and territories. The European part of France, called metropolitan France, extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea, and from the Rhine to ...read more.

France is for my family and me, the best country we found to install our home, in France you will find everything you want due to its large diversity due to its specific multiculturalism, you can live in a a cute stone house of the middle ages to a perfect modern architect's villa, you can eat a food from everywhere as well as their famous food you need to discover recipes and take your time as they are so numerous, France is the temple of any kind of meat served with so many sauces and cooking variants depending of your taste, Ocean fish, complex recipes and of course pastries and bread. The country side is really relax, we live now at 40 km from a large city, near Atlantic Ocean coast, and less than 3 hours by train to Paris or Lyon and 1 hour to Bordeaux and easy to reach Spain by car. France is now our sweet home, for me as Computer scientist, I had no difficulty to find a job there in this branch. We decided to stay here as long as possible, concerning attacks in our region we ...more

We are now living in South-West part of France, it's just wonderful, everything here is art, and the life style is so cool. Food is extraordinary, excellent, many splendid villages, castles. Atlantic coast, landscape and people are on top. Healthcare is one of the best, you call the doctor which come home soon after and paying such a small fee, amazing country. Vive la France!

I only visited France twice but I really want to move from usa to France. I loved Avignon area.

Only been there once, it was for 2 weeks and easily the nicest country I have ever visited. The heart Paris is pretty dirty and boisterous, but if you make your way towards Normandy, very beautiful. Some of the best food I have ever had and never gained so much weight in such a short amount of time! (6Lbs) :P A must visit if you plan on going to Europe!

3 Switzerland Switzerland, officially the Swiss Confederation, is a federal republic in Europe. It consists of 26 cantons, and the city of Bern is the seat of the federal authorities. ...read more.

A very nice place. Switzerland is an amazing country! They are extremely peaceful and is very environmentally beautiful. They haven't been at war for 200 years besides World War I and World War II. Also lots of cheese.

High local purchasing power index, high opportunities, cheap universities, clean nation, great and diverse economy plus it"s among the safest... what would be better than this?

I travel a lot and can honestly say Switzerland blew my mind, from the beauty to the friendly people, spent time in Zug and Zurich want to go back to visit Lucerne, only downside is it's not cheap

Most peaceful, beautiful, and homely country on the face of the earth. Great people, great views, and great chocolate.

4 Spain Spain, officially the Kingdom of Spain, is a sovereign state largely located on the Iberian Peninsula in southwestern Europe, with archipelagos in the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea, and several small territories on and near the north African coast.

What the hell is Spain doing down here and England or the Czech Republic up there? The food, the weather, the cost of living, the landscapes and the quality of life in general is way better than most countries in Europe. Spain should definitely be on the top 3.

Spain is sucks, there are too many comunists for Spain to be in fourteenth place for the best country, I think spain should be in the top three for the worst country, you also need to go to the hospital for more than a week, spain is hell for everything, you don't even get enough money for traveling, and why do the people that work the best get the least amount of money, seriously, and why do the people that work the most amount of money, and why does a policeman get more money than a doctor, that does not even happen in china, the king of comunists, I think spain should be in the top three for the worst countries to live in, and number one spot for the king of communists

Canary Islands have a near perfect climate and the cost of living is cheap.

Spain is one of the most beautiful country and have beautiful persons.

5 Sweden Sweden, officially the Kingdom of Sweden, is a Scandinavian country in Northern Europe. ...read more.

I am Swedish and I realize that I'm lucky. Growing up in the 70's we had a socialist democratic government which provided excellent free health care, great school system, T.V. that focused on quality and so on and so forth. After school we went to "leisure clubs" where there was free pony riding, trips to museums and surfing, like ALL FREE! So anyone who hates socialism... Yes Sweden was socialist and it was pretty damned good.

Yeah we yearned for Disney cartoons (they were broadcasted like twice a year), we had wet dreams about hamburgers... If you were really lucky you could get a hold of a pair of REAL Levi's jeans, instead of the corny Swedish brand...

But you know, my childhood was FINE. It was equal. And now that has changed. Ok it's still fairly equal in a global perspective but the gaps between the classes have broadened and that once so fine and stable social security system is falling apart, slowly. Private health insurances, income differences... A ...more

Beautiful country, great standard of living. Worked there for one summer, found the people to be extremely friendly, open minded, and tolerant. The whole country is kept very clean and tidy, you'll hardly ever see graffiti or litter. The Swedes are hard working but have a great balance between work and leisure, with a very sizeable part of the population playing sports on a regular basis, they are generally very health conscious. There is also a lot of space around nine million people in a country nearly three times the size of the UK which has nearly sixty five million tells you all you need to know.

Absolutely amazing country! They have one of the best welfare systems in the world, awesome scenery like their lakes and forests, great at Eurovision, top human rights, kind (also gorgeous) people, low crime rate and an overall very good atmosphere. Sure, it may seem a bit dull because it's so peaceful and the people can be intimidating at first, but it should be in the top 5!

Now I am living in Italy but I am thinking to move to Sweden because of its education and beauty. Italy is a beautiful country, too but its education isn't as high as that of Sweden. I really don't want to leave Italy but whenever I think about my future, my mind starts to say that I should move to Sweden. the education in Italy is good too but I cannot find a job very easily here and the whole education is in Italian and I am very good in english and I want to learn the things in english. The best reason to move to Sweden is its education and we can find any job easier here. the population isn't high. People speak english and the lifestyle is better here.

6 Norway Norway, officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a sovereign and unitary monarchy in Northern Europe whose territory comprises the western portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula plus the island Jan Mayen and the archipelago of Svalbard. ...read more.

I am Norwegian and I have been living in Germany for four years right now and I still think that Norway has a better infrastructure

Beautiful country, nice people. That makes a combination for a number one country. How is the 23? It deserves to be at least in the top ten.

It is super safe, super nice climate, and super nice nature. The people are nice, and the food is just awesome.

My preferred climate in the south and great nature. Plus not part of the European Union.

7 Denmark Denmark is a Scandinavian country in Europe. The southernmost of the Nordic countries, it is south-west of Sweden and south of Norway, and bordered to the south by Germany.

Denmark is famous for having the most contented people and happiest communities in Europe. Why is not higher up the list. Why is France even on the list, is like a third world country to live in.

That's good what you did to Denmark

Denmark has very high life quality. People have high equality, even if they are foreigners. High salary and world best social system.

This country should be way higher on this list! It has the 5th best quality of life in the world and it is happiest country!

8 Belgium Belgium, officially the Kingdom of Belgium, is a country in Western Europe bordered by France, the Netherlands, Germany and Luxembourg. A small and densely populated country, it covers an area of 30,528 square kilometers (11,787 square miles) and has a population of more than 11 million.

Good weather: not too cold not too warm

Very Good health care system and education

It's safe, no guns

Not the most beautiful country but pretty in overall

Abortions and gay mariage are legal

Belgians are funny and friendly

Best beer, chocolate, waffles and french fries in the world

They speak Dutch, French and German

Best healthcare system in the world.
Most peaceful place according to survey.
One of the best education systems worldwide.
Amazing public transport

Excellent healthcare and education and easy to travel to neighbouring London/Amsterdam/Paris

Not the most beautiful country (but most of the cities are really really nice) but it's the best to live, normal weather, life isn't expensive but not cheap, no guns, abortion is legal, gay marriage is legal, nice and warm
People, there's beaches and mountain and forests

9 Iceland Iceland, also called the Republic of Iceland, is a Nordic island country between the North Atlantic and the Arctic Ocean.

Really how is Iceland not in the top 10 Iceland is a very beautiful and peaceful country very clean very very very low crime rate lots and lots of freedom so Iceland I am awesome place to live one of the best places to live

I am seriously stunned. Please tell me how this is not in the top 10?

Amazing country and people in every way. It would be a dream to live there. The climate is perfect and those icelandic horses are like an image from a fairy tale.

Iceland should be on the top of this list, I'm not being offensive or racist to Germans but Iceland is the safest country in the world and its even wealthier.
I would like to live in Iceland but I think that Iceland is not on top because of their cold weather every single day!

But Iceland has a low population and it's a quiet place.But in Germany you can't deal with how many people live in there,especially Berlin.

10 Finland Finland, officially the Republic of Finland, is a sovereign state in Europe. It has a capital of Helsinki and got independence from the Soviet Union after WWI.

Clean air, clean food, healthy lifestyle and a lot of 'common sense'. Amazing design talent especially in architecture and product design. Finns have a unique sense of humor. I am Finnish but not living in Finland at the moment. I really miss all the four seasons and swimming in clean waters. Only downside I can think of is how racist some people can be, even when I lived there got some racist comments towards myself despite being 100% white Finnish but with a little bit different looks. This I think is down to people still getting used to different lifestyles and nationalities. Would love to move back though..

Finnish people are so nice and honest. Weather is so cool

Finland is an amazing country to live in.

I'm really happy here, No worries, good health care and.. Its just so nice!

The Contenders
11 Poland Poland, officially the Republic of Poland, is a country in Central Europe, bordered by Germany to the west; the Czech Republic and Slovakia to the south; Ukraine and Belarus to the east; and the Baltic Sea, Kaliningrad Oblast (a Russian exclave) and Lithuania to the north. With a population of approximately ...read more.

The only safe place in Europe nowadays, just because of this racism and intolerance, which you criticise. There is no terrorism in Poland, there are almost no LGBT and animal-rapers parades eighter. This is just fine for me, and if I only could I would move there, to Poland. I'm done of all those shootings, acts of terrorism and deviations happening in western Europe ( I'm actually living in Italy, and believe me, I know what I'm saying). When I first visited Poland I was suprised, that it looks really fine, even better than in Italy, everything is clean and safe, buildings and streets looks nice, there are many trees and parks everywhere, prices are really low compared to those italian, unemployment rate is relatively lower and salaries are even comparable. I'm voting for it.

As Slavs, Poles as are very hospitable by nature, peace-loving, hard-working people with ambitions to have one of the best economies in Europe. Poles represent strong family values and traditional values.

Poland has a big competitive advantage because it s centrally-located in the heart Europe between west and east or north and south. Poland has a rapidly growing country with opportunities for business, jobs, and first all safe life. Poland is also very democratic country where political parties can have an honest debates about all kind of controversial issues including "refugee crisis". Poland has also beautiful nature: Baltic Sea, Tatra Mountains, and 30% of Polish land are forests. For all those reasons described above, I vote for Poland.

Poland is cancer, I hate living there, the language is a complete garbage that no one wants or is actually able to learn, the economy is so awful that people emigrate to Germany and other wealthy countries every year just to avoid getting messed by the crappy salary you get offered there. And all that thanks to Russians, they're subhumans and should be shot on sight.

Great for any remaining purist of european culture. Everyone is welcome as long as you want to integrate. Muslim from middle east are not welcome, but saying that huge muslim minority from Chechen state lives in Poland well integrated. Many different nationalities actually lives in Poland, such as Germans, Italian, Austrian, Chinese, Vietnamese, Armenian, Ukrainian and many other. This might be not so obvious at first as everyone tries to integrate well, hence there is no minority ghettos like for example in the UK. Food is fantastic. Poland seems to strike perfect balance between socialist & capitalist economies. Healthcare system is one of the best in the world.
Cost of living is well balanced. Poland smartly allowed supermarkets from all around the world, hence competition is tough. You will find Carrefour, Le Clerc, Giant, Jumbo, Biedronka, Aldi and Lidle virtually one next to another. British supermarkets which have get used to UK protectionism, do not thrive in Poland. Tesco ...more

12 United Kingdom The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly shortened to United Kingdom, UK or Britain is a Sovereign State located of the Northwestern coast of Europe. It is a Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy currently lead by Monarch Queen Elizabeth II and its current prime minister is ...read more.

I was born British and hope to die British. It's a pity that I'm now told I'm English when I would rather be British. I love the whole of my country not just England.

UK AND England / Wales etc in the same list? Don't confuse the poor Americans...

I'm Canadian and every time I go to this beautiful country I am so impressed at the history and beauty of all sorts of cities from London to Liverpool, Cardiff to Caerphilly.

Originally British but live in Australia, which is much better than Britain

13 England England, previously the Kingdom of England, is a constituent country of the United Kingdom along with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. ...read more.

Absolutely dreadful place to live - ridiculously expensive, dirty, poor public services, health cuts, overcrowded, taxation is ludicrous for what we get for it. Absolutely NOT a place I want to live in any more.

Quite a tidy country, moderate weather, beautiful countryside, strong economy and strong military.

Also in England you are entitled to free medical care (including free GP visits) and also schooling for up to 18s is completely free. England has Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial College and UCL which are world renowned universities.

London is a city of opportunities, with paths for almost any career. London is filled with rich history and beautiful monuments. London is a massive city, but travel is efficient and very cheap thanks to the London Underground.

We have a low crime rate too.

I feel that England is a country where it is truly comfortable to live. England is tidy and well maintained, but above all, a country with a future.

I've lived in the UK my whole adult life and it doesn't deserve to be at the top of the list. My partner is British and I love him dearly, but I do not recommend anyone to live here and he agrees.

The UK is only G7 country with continuously increasing levels of inequality since the beginning of the century. It definitely shows in all of the rural areas with poor level of education and development. Taxation is insane, the less you earn the more you pay. Tax haven of the world for corporations though.

Environment is nothing to be excited about either, despite of being one of the earliest member of the EU, they are still just learning the basics of recycling, leaving majority of the streets incredibly dirty, especially in the cities.

University education is something to be excited about, but is ridiculously expensive. Benefits have been stopped behind the closed door too, making it impossible for poorest students to attend. Nothing to rave about, since you can get it ...more

I already live in England, but I like being in it because it's really safe, although sometimes it can be very racist and can have a very strict government. But the thing is, I only speak English so this would be the best European country to live in (in my opinion) if you only understand English.

14 Czech Republic Czechia, officially the Czech Republic, is a nation state in Central Europe bordered by Germany to the west, Austria to the south, Slovakia to the east and Poland to the northeast.

More organized than other european country, beautiful history and a nice place in the centre of Europe, easy to travel from it to other european countries near it

Amazing public transport, everything is beautiful, very inexpensive, amazing Christmas markets.

Enjoyable, plenty of history and it becomes more modern every day

They've made Kingdom Come: Deliverance. That's all you need to know.

15 Austria Austria was Celtic (Hallstadt) then as Noricum, part of the Roman Empire, Alaric, who took over Rome, studied at a monastery near Vienna. In the Middle Ages, the Holy Roman Emperors moved to Vienna, then Austria became separate. Medieval documents from Eastern Europe as far as West Ukraine were often ...read more.

Beautiful nature, structured country and amazing cities. The scenery is great whether it's winter, summer or spring. Good economy.

The heart of Europe should be at least top 5. Very clean, friendly people combined with amazing nature that makes you think you are in the garden of Eden.

Clean and beautiful. The only problem is in Vienna people still smoke in cafes. So even though it is an amazing place. The smoking thing would reduce my quality of life so I couldn't live there.

So I don't know if Austria is good to live in so it's in the most cleanest countries in the world right so I am gonna check it out

16 Netherlands

I mean legal weed! Come on! And our social system is one of the best! So is our school system. The people here are world open and very kind

The Netherlands is underrated. Safe, clean and friendly, perfect place to live in.

Netherlands is the best place to live in Europe if you are non European because Dutch people are the least racist and most fair in comparison to other nations in Europe.
But in general I think Germany is the best country in Europe if you are German.

This should 100% be above the UK, France, Poland, Spain, Czech Republic and Germany. Research also proved that The Netherlands is ONE OF THE BEST countries in the ENTIRE world to live in. It is extremely safe and peaceful here.

17 Portugal Portugal (est.1152), officially the Portuguese Republic, is a country located mostly on the Iberian Peninsula in southwestern Europe. It is the westernmost country of mainland Europe, bordered to the west and south by the Atlantic Ocean and to the north and east by Spain. Its territory also includes ...read more.

Beautiful and varied climate, nice people (very respectful and honest with their feelings), great food, peaceful, very little racism, no terrorism, vendors are very honest and don't rip off tourists even when given ample opportunity (I would deliberately try to overpay by pretending not to be familiar with the currency, and they'd always correct me and give me the correct change.), Responsible for Ronaldo, Nani, Nelly Furtado, Jose Mourinho, Tom Hanks, etc... Great wines and very inexpensive. The people are humble - they don't know how great their country is and always down play it. Consequently, most people have no idea what Portugal has contributed to the rest of the world because Portuguese people are not show-offs. Unlike the Italians whom have the habit of taking credit for other cultures' ideas and inventions. Uggghh.

1 - A rich history. Portugal has dominated the world in the past. Discovered Brazil, India and Australia
2 - Beautiful natural landscapes and an outstanding climate
3 - Great food
4 - Respectful people
5 - No terrorism
6 - Football European Champions

Gorgeous country and highly underrated! With it's beautiful beaches, great food, and interesting history I find it a better destination spot than Brazil or other romance language speaking countries!

I spent there 3 month during my erasmus and I loved it! The food is amazing, selection of wines (which is also very cheap in comparison to other countries), people are so welcoming and warm, weather is good nice...
I honesty don't have a one bad word for this country...

18 Ireland Formed in 1916 after the Easter uprising, Ireland is a small country with a population of roughly 5 million.

Green, Clean, Hardworking people, and friendly people to. A country that received much abuse and survived. Ireland for the win!

It is very friendly and lovely place and very good schools and family friendly environment

I was born in the southern a Dublin and I have to say it is so beautiful and free that I think it has to be on first or second

Excellent place

19 Scotland Scotland is a country that is part of the United Kingdom and covers the northern third of the island of Great Britain. Scotland is the most mountainous, and least densely populated country in the United Kingdom.

Scotland is far greater than England and should be placed very high in this list, lets get some facts straight -

Free health care ( including dental and visual for poorer families)
Free Higher education, with grants to poorer students (something England does not offer)
Free Prescriptions
Some of the best Universities on the planet (5 of the top in the world)
The best Economy in all of the UK, low unemployment
The Scottish government has mitigated cuts to public services and welfare, that was imposed by the UK
A Booming renewables industry and we also have a great oil Industry
Fordable housing market and if your renting the government has recently put caps on the private sector.
not to mention breathtaking landscapes, the friendlies people on the planet
! I love my country!

Super friendly and social people and beautiful nature. Great bars, people of all ages go night out. Free universities! I love Scotland!

Scotland over England

How is it 20th on this list? It's where I live!

20 Italy Italy, in italian Repubblica Italiana, is a unitary parliamentary republic in Europe. ...read more.

If you want to live in a country rich in culture then Italy is hands down the best country. I am surprised it's at number 15. Italian cities are among the most beautiful cities in the world and the people are always friendly. There are tons of activities to do, you can literally go skiing and then go to some of the most gorgeous beaches in the world on the same day. The food and climate is ideal, especially in the south. There are pretty large expat communities in bigger cities.

To be fair, Italy's infrastructure and services are not the best although they are improving. The streets are full of potholes and the outskirts of big cities are generally ugly and badly built. The public transportation systems in big cities are not as good as other EU cities because every time they dig they find ancient Roman and ancient Greek stuff. Add this to the bad local administration. The south, while arguably more beautiful, is much poorer than the north, mainly due to the state government's ...more

I like Italy because, as far as I know, it is the only country in Europe where you can go to swim, to ski, to dinner in some ancient artistic place and go to a lake or to the hills to watch the sunset, in just one day. The wine and food are gorgeus. People always sais "buongiorno". It's easy to make friends. There are no big problems with depressed people and suicides. Summer is a long season. Winter is snowing. People about what to do together and not about work. You do not need to program three months before for having a drink together as they do in North Europe. You just do it whenever you want. Because the aperitivo is Italian!

Italy may not be the most perfect country, but it definitely doesn't deserve 13th place. Italy has everything: art, culture, history, innovation, the best food, awesome people, amazing weather, beautiful scener y.. j ust look at places like Naples, Rome, Venice, Florence, Milan, Palermo, Amalfi Coast (Positano), Capri, Pompeii, Cinque Terre, Taormina, Matera the northern lakes, the Alps, the stunning beaches of Sardinia and Puglia only to name a few. If only the politicians were less corrupt and careless asses and started developing southern Italy (which is absolutely gorgeous), the country would be in top 3 for sure.

No country is perfect, but Italy has a great deal to offer. From amazing friendly people, deep history and lovely architecture, to varied climates and splendid scenery, and yes delicious food aplenty, Italy is hard to beat. It's also one of the most scooter/motorcycle friendly places in Europe. The language isn't terribly complicated to learn either. Come to Italy, you will not regret it!

21 Greece Greece, officially the Hellenic Republic, also known since ancient times as Hellas is a country located in southeastern Europe.

I wouldn't mind waking up to sunny weather and pretty landscapes every day rather that the moodiness and rain of my country..

Greece is a magnificent country. Despite the crisis, greeks know how to have fun. In Greece the sun is always shining. It has beautiful beaches and spectacular landscapes to see. Greece's seas are very safe due to the absence of sharks and other dangerous species. The costs of living in Greece are really down compared with most European countries. I've lived in Greece forever and I wouldn't change her for anything

Really nice weather, excellent quality of food, best beaches, variety of places!

Best country in the world with the best beaches and the most delicious foods... !

22 Wales Wales is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. Located on the island of Great Britain, it is bordered by England to the east, the Irish Sea to the north and west, and the Bristol Channel to the south.

Beautiful rural areas, although in my opinion less developed than England

More Castles than StarBucks

23 Luxembourg

If you work in Luxembourg you get a lot of money!

Well organized place

It is peaceful,clean and less populated. Also it has negligible crime rates, poverty and industries.

24 Monaco Monaco, officially the Principality of Monaco, is a sovereign city-state and microstate, located on the French Riviera in Western Europe.

Super safe and fancy

25 Estonia

Estonia is awful country to live in for longer periods if you are a struggling family/person or if you want to start some business. The taxes and prices are becoming more overwhelming year by year, the 2019 will be the worst of them all. The government doesn't care about their youth or elderly and there is a big reason why most young people do not work in Estonia but prefer to leave the country after finishing their studies. It is nearly impossible to find a good living place especially in cities when living alone and the prices for real estate go higher and higher.

When it comes to Nature, for a eastern-northern country Estonia has its beauties and places to visit but the landscape is rather flat and boring if you look for something big, special or extreme. If you do love peaceful and quiet nature in general, you will be pleased. If you come from south you will not like Estonian climate, summers can be too hot with nothing to breathe and through later months its very cold and ...more

Good country

Wonderful people! Felt safe as a woman by myself being here.

I agree, I feel safe here.

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