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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.
  • Switzerland
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    Switzerland 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.
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  • Canada
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    While 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.
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  • New Zealand
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    New 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. 
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  • Australia
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    Australia is the second wealthiest country overall, just behind Switzerland, and has a low poverty rate. Its life expectancy is 4th internationally, following Japan, Hong Kong, and Iceland.
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