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The Best Countries to Work and Live 

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Updated June 14, 2019 24.4k votes 2.1k voters 18.9k views 51 items

List of the Best Countries to Work and Live ranked from best to worst. Work-life balance is becoming a matter of great importance to people all over the world. With increasing pressure to do more both on the job and at home, it is important to take time to smell the roses. Which country is the best at figuring out the balance of work and life? Vote on this list and we will see which nation lands in the top spot.

When it comes to work-life balance, it seems that Europe has got it figured out. Norway, the Netherlands and Sweden all offer employees short hours and consistently try to think of ways to make the job better, like improving commutes.

While we work long hours in the United States, we know how to unwind in our off time which makes the US a great country for work-life balance. Our neighbors to the north in Canada have been jumping up the charts when it comes to work-life balance because employers have been noticing that a happy worker is a productive worker.

Which country is the best to work and live? Vote and this list and let us know why you think a certain country is best in the comments section.
list ordered by
1
Denmark is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Countries to Work and Live
Copenhagen
2
Norway is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Countries to Work and Live
Oslo
3
Finland is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Countries to Work and Live
Helsinki
4
Netherlands is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Countries to Work and Live
Amsterdam
5
Switzerland is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Countries to Work and Live
6
Germany is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Countries to Work and Live
Berlin
7
Austria is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Countries to Work and Live
Vienna
8
Republic of Ireland is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Countries to Work and Live
9
Australia is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Countries to Work and Live
SnowyCae added Canberra
10
Iceland is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Countries to Work and Live
Reykjavik
11
Canada is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Countries to Work and Live
Ottawa
12
Scotland is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Countries to Work and Live
Edinburgh
13
Sweden is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Countries to Work and Live
Stockholm
14
Czech Republic is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Countries to Work and Live
15
Estonia is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Countries to Work and Live
Tallinn
16
Slovak Republic is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Countries to Work and Live
Bratislava
17
Spain is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Countries to Work and Live
Madrid
18
Belgium is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Countries to Work and Live
City of Brussels
19
Japan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Countries to Work and Live
Tokyo
20
Hungary is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Countries to Work and Live
Budapest
21
Luxembourg is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Countries to Work and Live
Luxembourg
22
South Korea is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Countries to Work and Live
Seoul
23
New Zealand is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Countries to Work and Live
SnowyCae added Wellington
24
Portugal is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Countries to Work and Live
Lisbon
25
Hong Kong is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Countries to Work and Live