The Best Countries to Live In
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.
- 11,582 VOTESSwitzerland has the highest wealth per adult in the world, and has the second highest life expectancy in the world. Its economy is also very stable and prosperous.
- 21,548 VOTESPhoto: Metaweb / CC-BYWhile Canada is the second largest country territory-wise, it's only home to 33 million people. It's a country that's best suited for all kinds of living; for those who are urban dwellers, there are several big cities in which to reside. Or if you'd prefer to live in the middle of nowhere, there's plenty of that too. Plus, Canadians are considered the most educated people in the world.
- 31,060 VOTESPhoto: Michal Svec / FlickrNorway 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.
- 41,197 VOTESPhoto: Stewart Baird / flickr / CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0New Zealand has several cities that rank well on the international livability standards. Auckland was ranked 4th, and Wellington was ranked 12th in the 2010 Mercer Quality of Life Survey.
- 5910 VOTESPhoto: flickr / CC0A major world power, Japan has officially renounced its ability to declare war ever again, and only uses its military for defense and peace keeping purposes. Additionally, Japanese women have the second highest life expectancy in the world, and Japan has the third lowest infant mortality rate. It is also the leading nation in science technology and research.
- 61,115 VOTESThe 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.