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Buckinghamshire has a modern, service-based economy, part of the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire NUTS-2 region. As well as the highest GDP per capita outside Inner London, Buckinghamshire has the highest quality of life, the highest life expectancy and the best education results in the country. The southern-most part of the county is a prosperous section of the London commuter belt. Manufacturing industries include furniture-making (traditionally centred at High Wycombe), pharmaceuticals and agricultural processing.
Well known for its open countryside and natural features, including the Chiltern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Stowe Landscaped Gardens near Buckingham, and the River Thames, sections of the county closer to London are part of the Metropolitan Green Belt limiting development. Buckinghamshire is home to the nationally important Pinewood Studios and Dorney Lake, the location for rowing events at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Serviced offices in Buckinghamshire are well served by four motorways, two of which are on its borders:
M40 motorway: cuts through the south of the county serving towns including High Wycombe and Beaconsfield:
M1 motorway: serves Milton Keynes in the north
M25 motorway: passes into Buckinghamshire via one junction, J16
M4 motorway: passes through the very south of the county via one junction, J7