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The Best Countries to Work and Live 

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Updated June 14, 2019 22.4k votes 1.9k voters 18.6k 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
Netherlands is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Countries to Work and Live
Amsterdam
2
Denmark is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Countries to Work and Live
Copenhagen
3
Germany is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Countries to Work and Live
Berlin
4
Norway is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Countries to Work and Live
Oslo
5
Switzerland is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Countries to Work and Live
6
Finland is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Countries to Work and Live
Helsinki
7
Austria is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Countries to Work and Live
Vienna
8
Australia is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Countries to Work and Live
SnowyCae added Canberra
9
Republic of Ireland is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Countries to Work and Live
10
Czech Republic is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Countries to Work and Live
11
Scotland is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Countries to Work and Live
Edinburgh
12
Estonia is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Countries to Work and Live
Tallinn
13
Canada is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Countries to Work and Live
Ottawa
14
Slovak Republic is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Countries to Work and Live
Bratislava
15
Belgium is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Countries to Work and Live
City of Brussels
16
Sweden is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Countries to Work and Live
Stockholm
17
Hungary is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Countries to Work and Live
Budapest
18
Iceland is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Countries to Work and Live
Reykjavik
19
Luxembourg is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Countries to Work and Live
Luxembourg
20
Spain is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Countries to Work and Live
Madrid
21
United Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Countries to Work and Live
BenNicholson added London
22
New Zealand is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Countries to Work and Live
SnowyCae added Wellington
23
Bulgaria is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Countries to Work and Live
Sofia
24
England is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Countries to Work and Live
London
25
Japan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Countries to Work and Live
Tokyo