Every year popular magazines like Forbes and The Economist releases list of the best countries to live in the world. The criteria for selecting the best countries to live in and work depend on several factors. This includes the GDP of the country, the total population and of course, the quality of the life that the country provides. Surely No one wants to live in a crowded country because if something like Zombie Apocalypse (There is a possibility, Right?) or World War 3 happens than such countries would be on hit lists. Also countries with alarming populations are major contributors to global warming and thus they do not make to the list of best countries to live in for health.
If you are one who is dreaming to live in a happy country after retirement then you are in luck as we made the list of best countries to live in 2017. This list will be updated yearly where we will add countries with low cost of living and good health care facilities will be ranked higher above countries that are racist and costly. So here is our ranking of 20 best countries to live in the world in 2017:
Best Countries to Live in the World
Luxembourg might come as a surprise for many. Most people don’t know that there is a country with the name of Luxembourg and many others won’t be able to locate it on the world map. This actually is a positive point. Luxembourg avoids unnecessary media attention. The only downside of Luxembourg is that it is a landlocked country so if you are a beach loving person or want to live near sea then you will be disappointed with Luxembourg. However, politically, economically and financially Luxembourg is among the best countries to live in. Luxembourg has a very positive image among other countries and that is why citizens of Luxembourg enjoy visa on-arrival access to around 172 countries in the world.
Government of Switzerland is called as the most transparent government in the world. Switzerland favors freedom of speech. Swiss people are among the wealthiest people in the world. This is because of the highest nominal wealth of every citizen. Swiss City Zurich was ranked as number one city to live in the world by United Nations. UN even praised Swiss government for the high quality of life that it provides to its citizens. Switzerland has a good policy towards immigrants. If you are considering settling down in the country then you will get a positive support from government. Due to its economic stability and civic freedom Switzerland is cited as one of the best country to live in the world. Also, Switzerland is nicknamed as Heaven on earth due to its exquisite natural beauty. It is number one Honeymoon destination in the world.
Most countries suppress women rights (That’s a Fact) but Austria empowers women with equality and freedom. Austria has been called as one of the best country to live in for woman. This developed country has high standard of living and the GDP is one of the best in the world. Also per capita income of Austria is very making it one of the richest countries in the world. Austria is known for its black coffee and you will instantly fall in love with it. Lakes and rivers of Austria have cleanest water in the world. Austria has very low crime rate and illiteracy rate.
Germany probably has the best infrastructure in the world. Germans are technically sound and intelligent people, that is why Germany is known for its advance engineering. Apart from this Germans are known for their positive views on life. The birth nation of Hitler is known for their parties and fest. Oktoberfest needs no introduction and if you ever visit the country in the month of October then you are in luck. You will witness the most amazing party of your life in Oktoberfest. The living standard of Germany is highest in the world. Germans are known for their love of football and this is the only sport that drives them crazy. Other times German are friendly and helpful people. German is open to immigrants and is the second most favorite country for immigrants. Germany advocates free education and has a high quality social and health care system. Even though people can survive in this country without money yet no one believes in freeloading.
Experts believe that Portugal will be the best country to live in future. Portugal conquered many territories in the 15th and 16th century but today it is ranked as one of the most peaceful country in the world. With a GDP of nearly $230 billion, Portugal is one of the most developed countries in the world. It has a high income per person rate and the quality of life it provides is praised by several organizations and agencies all over the world. Portuguese believe in a society where every member matters. They will make you will special and worthy. This is why Portuguese is among the happiest countries in the world and also has high rate of social progress. The nation is crazy for football and Cristiano Ronaldo is like a national hero there.
Most people criticizes Denmark for being a nation with high tax rates but one fact that they overlook is that Denmark ensures its citizens are paid high wages by respective companies. Denmark is one the best country to live in for work and job. Danish companies are known for providing friendly and encouraging work environment where people can live and grow together in peace and harmony. No wonder Denmark has been in the list of Top 10 happiest countries in the world from past 2 decades. Denmark is known for its greenery and they are least affected by the global climate change. Danish people are friendly and they do not divide people on the basis of religion or race. Denmark is global leader in Human development and social mobility.
No one can deny the fact that Irish culture is one of the most popular cultures in the world. Irish folklore that feature fairies, leprechauns and castles are loved all over the world. In fact, Ireland is known as the land of castles. There are so many castles in Ireland that you will feel like living in the golden age of Empires. If you are a party loving person then you would love to be part of Irish culture. Irish people are considered to be short tempered but they are genuine and loving at heart. Classic Irish music is studied worldwide by music scholars. The nation is stable economically and financially and its citizen are among the highest paid workers in the world.
Spain is known for its romantic weather all over the year. Spanish people are very friendly and love partying. Spanish is one of the most spoken languages in the world and you will love learning it. Other than that Spain is known for its tasty food. Spain is a developed country and advocates equality in education system and health care services. If you are looking for a country to settled down after retirement then Spain is one of the best country in the world.
Netherlands is one of the most peaceful countries in the world. It strongly advocates equality among citizens irrespective of race, color, religion and sexual orientation. Netherlands has high quality of life and ranks among the countries with highest per capita income. Even though it is very densely populated yet it is known for providing quality health care services and education. Netherlands has good infrastructures. Netherlands is one of the best countries for students.
Italy was the home country of Leonardo Davinci and he was not the only Italian artist to leave a mark on the world. Although Leonardo daVinci was the greatest polymath, artist and scientist of Italy but there were many other Italians who followed his footsteps and contributed to human development equally. In fact many people consider that the development of USA is mainly due to people of Italian descent. Rome (capital of Italy) conquered the ancient world and proved to be one of the most powerful empires in the world. Roman Empire had a huge influence on global culture which can be seen even today. Modern Italy is known for its high quality of life. It is one of the most visited countries in the world and Italians are considered to be the most handsome men in the world.
Norway often tops the list of happiest country in the world. If you are on a budget than Norway might not be the best country to live in but if you have a good amount of money to spend then you will be amazed by the quality of life this European country offers. If you are an American or European who wants to live in a country for one year then you should surely give Norway a try. Norwegians know how to balance work life and you will find the country even more alive during weekends. They are party loving people and you will be filled with positivism and happiness automatically by seeing so many happy faces around yourself.
UN ranked Iceland as one of the best country to live in for several years. Do not get fooled by the name as Iceland is not icy. Early settlers of the country named it Iceland so that it tricks foreigners from settling down there. It actually worked as today Iceland has one of the lowest populations in the world. Jules Verne beautifully described the untouched natural beauty of Iceland in his popular novel Journey to the center of the earth. The country has few of the most beautiful places in the world and you will get lost in its natural beauty. Even though the country has smallest army in the world yet it is called as one of the safest country in the world due to its remoteness from the rest of the world. So if world war 3 happens then you should probably move to Iceland as no other country would consider attacking it.
Even though Australia is home to some of the most dangerous animals in the world (Inland taipan, Box Jellyfish) yet it is also among the favorite countries of Immigrants. This is because of two factors. Firstly Australia is a developed country which means it provides better education, better health care and better opportunities to its citizens. Secondly Australia is largely unexplored. This island nation/continent is the sixth largest country in the world (by area) but it has the lowest population density with just 2.8 people per kilometer square. Summers could be hard in Australia but overall Australia has pleasant climate. Many immigrants have cited that Australia is good country for people with no money. This means that you can survive in Australia even if you are poor.
One might think that the country that once conquered the whole world will be way too costly for them to settle down but that’s not true. England is actually one of the best countries to live in the modern world. The modern global culture is largely adapted and inspired from the English culture. There are many reasons for a person to dream about settling down in England. First and foremost is the free health care policy that England provides to its citizens. Second is the education system that is now followed by many other developed countries. English people are criticized for racism and to some degrees it is true. But the government do all in its power to stabilize equality among its citizens. England is among the top ten countries in almost every field that you can imagine. Be it sports (Football, Cricket, Golf, Tennis, Rugby, Boxing, wrestling) , Music (The Beatles, Queen, The Rolling Stones), Movies (Sean Connery, Anthony Hopkins, Ian Mckellen, Patrick Stewart, Sean bean, EMMA WATSON), Literature (William Shakespeare) or Science (Isaac Newton, Alan Turing, Stephen Hawking). I guess I proved my point on why England is the best country to settle down.
When it comes to equality and civil liberties no nation come close enough to compete Sweden. Sweden is one among the 58 countries who follows Universal health care policy. Out of the 58 countries Sweden has the best policies for Universal health care. This does not mean that you will get free health services but it actually refers to a system where all the health services are provided to its citizens at a cheaper rate. Sweden also follows Tertiary education system. Sweden is praised globally for its role in protection of civil liberties and equality. Sweden has large number of immigrants from Middle East and this is because of his positive take on immigration policies. The country is also known for its natural beauty.
United Nations once called Finland as one of the best countries to live in for young adults. The reasons were obvious – Finland has one of the best education systems in the world. If you are poor student who is looking for quality education overseas then Finland is best pick for you. Not just education but you can find a high paying job too in Finland as it has one of the highest per capita incomes in the world. Finland was late to industrial revolution (started in 1950s) but you won’t believe the exponential growth that Finland achieved in Industrialization. Finland was called as the most stable country in the world which means that the country will still go on even if the system collapses. Health wise too Finland is great country to live in. First of all, Finland government is serious towards nature preservation thus diminishing the chances of pollution and carbon dioxide emissions. Secondly the country has a good health care system and you can get high quality health services at a very cheap price. Finland is tolerant country so it does not matter if you are gay or black you are welcome there.
BBC Once conducted an online poll for best countries to live in the world and Japan topped the list with more than 100K votes. Japan is the only Asian country in this list and we can say that it tops the list of best countries to live in Asia. If you take a look on the list of oldest people in the world then you will find a lot of Japanese in the list. This is because of two reasons – Firstly Japan has a strict policy on gas emissions of nuclear reactors and secondly Japan has high quality health care services. Japanese hospitality is above expectations and it doesn’t matter if you are American, Asian, European or African Japanese will treat you as equal. The country is known for its discipline and optimism toward life. US bombed Japan twice in World War 2 and still the country managed to not only survive but in fact become one of the best countries in the world to live in. Japan has a very low crime rate and there are very few homeless people compared to total population. Also you will fall in love with the natural beauty that the country offers. If you are there don’t forget to visit Mount Fuji.
3. United States of America
You will hear a lot of people telling you that United States of America is overrated. Say what you want but USA is the supreme leader of the world right now and it will continue to be so for the next 30 to 40 years. Don’t you want to be the citizen of the world’s most powerful country? There are different laws in different states of America but 90% of the people are friendly and helping. USA has a strict policy for immigration so it is not easy to settle down in US. But if you are lucky enough to get the green card than grab the opportunity as USA is the land of opportunities. US citizens have proved themselves in every field. USA is the best country to live in for dreamers.
Just read the Wikipedia page of Canada and you will get all the reasons of why Canada is among the best countries to live in. Canada achieved near independence in 1931 and in such short span this country has shown excellent development. Canadians are often cited as the most humble people on earth. Canada has the lowest crime rates in the world. It ranks ninth in Human development Index and ranks in top ten in terms of per capita income. Canada has very friendly immigration policy and this is the reason why people from different countries have settled down in Canada over the past few decades. Canada has people from different races, religions and countries. That is why it is a multicultural nation. It doesn’t matter if you are black, gay, woman or old; Canada welcomes all (As long as you are not a law breaker). Education wise, Health wise and job opportunities wise Canada ranks above other countries including US. If you are from Asia then Canada is one of the best countries to live in for you.
1. New Zealand
They say that only legendary movies are shot in New Zealand and if you are movie lover like me than this reason is more than enough to dream about settling down in this island nation. Avatar and The Lord of the rings are among the iconic movies show in New Zealand. Do you know the actual reason of why Directors like Peter Jackson and James Cameron chose New Zealand over other countries to shoot their movies? First reason is of course its natural beauty. You get to see the endless Pacific Ocean and the beautiful mountains in one shot. Second is the freedom given to its citizens. New Zealand is often praised for its press freedom. New Zealand has strong economy with quality health care, cheap education and high quality of life. New Zealand is surely the best country to live in 2017.
So this was our list of 20 best countries in the world. Which country would you prefer to live in?