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The Best Countries to Live In

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List RulesVote up the countries around the world with the best overall quality of life for residents.

There are many factors to consider when determining the best country to live in. Is there a low crime rate? Is the economy stable? What is the work-life balance? Weigh out all of the options and vote on this list to determine which nation is the number one to call home.

According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Denmark and the Netherlands provide the best work-life balance by offering great pay and less hours worked per week, about 27 on average. The United States ranked high on the list for the ability to earn a good income and provide a relatively safe environment.

Norway is a great place to live because of their pristine environment. Their air pollution is much lower than other nations and the drinking water is of the highest caliber. New Zealand and Australia both ranked very high on the OECD list by providing a safe environment, with beautiful landscapes and healthy citizens.

Which country is the best overall? Most studies agree that quality of life is the most important factor when determining a place to live. What do you think? Vote on this list of the best countries to live in in the world and let your voice be heard.
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  • The people of Denmark are considered to be the happiest in the world, as well as some of the wealthiest. Denmark is one of the greenest countries in the world, and it was the first country in the world to implement an environmental law in 1973.
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  • Norway is expected to become one of the wealthiest countries in the world in the next several years. It's a progressive country; it was the 6th country to grant marriage equality to same sex couples in 2009.
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  • The Netherlands are one of the most liberal countries in the world. It was the first to legalize same sex marriage in 2001. There are also many renowned Dutch artists, including the legendary Vincent Van Gogh.
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  • Despite much of the world being heavily influenced by its Western culture, Ireland still has a thriving and rich indigenous culture. Ireland has some of the most important and iconic writers and scientists in history.
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