20 Best Countries to Live in the World

By Sameer Kapoor on Mar 08, 2019
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Every person wishes to live at a place that offers the maximum comfort, luxury and a standard of living, which millions can only think of! Thanks to the global culture of economy today, most of the people consider it viable to leave the dreary conditions of home country behind and shift to places that have been indeed declared as the best places to live in the world. After all, look at history, people have migrated to different lands owing to various reasons! Here’s the list of best countries to live in the world:

20. Japan

One of the best places to live in oriental half of the globe, Japan fares well in features such as personal security, average income and wealth, education and skills, jobs and earnings. Also, the life expectancy here is quite high.

Life Expectancy: 84.74 years

19. Luxembourg

Topping the list of best places to have air and water, Luxembourg is definitely one place where you can get a good standard of living. Although one of the world’s smallest countries Luxembourg is one of the wealthiest. What makes it distinctive is its well-developed first-rate transport, communications and healthcare networks, set against a stable political, social and economic background.

Life Expectancy: 84 years

18. Israel

According to the data, at the end of 2011 Israel preceded nearly all Arab countries, and by a huge gap. Most figures fail to include the drop in GDP in countries which recently experiences a popular uprising or change of government (Egypt, Syria, Tunisia, Libya).

Life Expectancy: 81.38 years

17. South Korea

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Living in Korea offers expats an exciting live in a very advanced and modern country. South Korea is renowned as one of the world's leading producers of technical goods such as mobile phones, televisions and computers. It is also a place of both natural beauty and modernity and the major cities in South Korea are progressive whilst also embracing their past; it is possible to observe modern glass skyscrapers side by side with some of the fortresses, temples and palaces that have now become UNESCO world heritage sites.

Life Expectancy: 80.04 years

16. Iceland

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One of the happiest nations in the world, Iceland’s success can be attributed to its less population, beautiful nature and educational policies. Offering an ideal work life balance, people in Iceland can definitely live happily with home and job kept at par.

Life Expectancy: 81.32 years

15. Sweden

Sweden has decided to be on the top of many lists. Best water, air, ideal work life balance. Having a good education is extremely important in Sweden, where 87% of adults aged 25-64 have earned the equivalent of a high school degree.

Life Expectancy: 81.48 years

14. United Kingdom

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85% of the English population say they have more positive experiences in an average day than negative ones. They also have a high life expectancy of 81 years, and 97% of the people say they are satisfied with the quality of their water.

Life Expectancy: 80.45 years

13. Liechtenstein

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Liechtenstein is a good place to live, people say. With very high salaries compared with other European countries and a low level of unemployment, the majority of the population is indeed able to afford a high material standard of living.

Life Expectancy: 81.68 years

12. Hong Kong, China (SAR)

Thanks to an ideal blend of nature and modernity in Hong Kong’s landscape, this nation is becoming one of the most coveted destinations for millionaires to settle in. Hong Kong is especially an eye candy for Asian millionaires to settle in other than Singapore.

Life Expectancy: 82.37 years

11. Singapore

Thanks to personal security, a high standard of living, Singapore is one of those countries cannot be afforded to be missed in this lift. The standard of education is also what makes it distinctive from other Asian countries.

Life Expectancy: 84.68 years

10. New Zealand

New Zealand is known for its quality of water and air which makes this country an absolute haven for the residents who stay here. New Zealand ranks at the top in health status. It ranks above the average in environmental quality, civic engagement, personal security, housing, subjective well-being, education and skills, and jobs and earnings, but below average in income and wealth.

Life Expectancy: 81.05 years

9. Canada

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This beautiful country has much more to offer than just the lush green environs. Canada performs very well in many measures of well-being relative to most other countries in the Better Life Index. Canada ranks above the average in housing, subjective well-being, personal security, health status, income and wealth, social connections, environmental quality, jobs and earnings, education and skills, and civic engagement.

Life Expectancy: 81.76 years

8. United States

Well this entry is quite predictable to be here. It is said that whosoever has lived in America can’t live anywhere else in this world. The United States is one of the world’s most prosperous economies, with a gross domestic product that exceeds that of any other country in the world.

Life Expectancy: 77.9 Years

7. Ireland

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One of the most beautiful places to live in Europe, Ireland offers a good status of living to its residents as well. A recent OECD Better Life index found Ireland had high life expectancy, high levels of educational attainment and work on average fewer hours than the OECD average.

Life Expectancy: 80.68 years

6. Germany

Three out of four German cities (Munich, Dusseldorf and Frankfurt) feature in the top 10 cities to live in the world. Although the climate might seem to be bit harsh in Germany, but its a beautiful country to live indeed.

Life Expectancy: 80.57 years

5. Netherlands

A country with grand museums and a long reigning monarchy, the Netherlands also boasts one of the highest literacy rates in the world. This could be a reflection on its wealth too as the average household in the Netherlands, has a net-adjusted disposable income per capita is USD 27 888 (£18,000) a year, which exceeds the OECD average of USD 25 908 (£16,800) a year.

Life Expectancy: 81.23 years

4. Denmark

Denmark ranks highly in the environmental category which is reflected by figures that 94% of people say they are satisfied with water quality in the country, higher than the OECD average of 81%. Danes also get to enjoy five weeks of paid holidays a year - and rank 6th out of 36 on gender equality. Financially its inhabitants are in good stead too: Over 73% of people aged 15 to 64 in Denmark have a paid job, above the OECD employment average of 65%.

Life Expectancy: 79.25 years

3. Switzerland

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Switzerland had to be here! The country has one of the lowest crime rates of all industrialised countries and also has one of the world’s lowest employment rates. 80% of people aged 15 to 64 in Switzerland have a paid job, above the OECD employment average of 65%, and one of the highest rates in the OECD. Some 85% of men are in paid work, compared with 74% of women.

Life Expectancy: 81.48 years

2. Australia

Best known for its tourism, Australia does not lag behind in offering good quality of living as well. Australia ranks at the top in civic engagement and above the average in environmental quality, health status, housing, personal security, jobs and earnings, education and skills, subjective well-being and social connections.

Life Expectancy: 82.15 years

1. Norway

Norway, the world’s largest exporter of Salmon, came out at number one on the list. With an average life expectancy at 82 years, Norwegians are expected to live two years more than the OECD average. Life expectancy for men is 80 years, compared with 84 for women.

Life Expectancy: 81.69 years

So which of these countries would you like to visit or shift in? Let us know.

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