Best European Countries to Live In

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1GermanyGermany was formally united in 1871 under the initiative of Bismarck with King Wilhelm of Prussia as emperor. The previous 'Holy Roman Empire', basically a continuation of the empire of Charlemagne/Karl der Grosse was dissolved in 1806. ...read more.

I spent time in Germany when I was younger and studied German in high school and college. I love how pretty Germany is. I like the people too, they are very hard working and caring. The food is good, there is just so many good things about Germany.

Germany and Japan is awesome. Live strong. - SuperSaiyen312

I live here since the 00's and it is clean, well-managed and friendly (outside of those crazy parts in the East). The food is great, the public transport, healthcare and education system is great, it's centrally located, so you can visit all of Europe from here, and the weather is lovely and mild. Germany has everything from beaches to mountains. Just make sure you learn the language! Otherwise you will have a hard time getting a good job!

My opinion is Germany is a good place

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2FranceFrance, officially the French Republic, is a sovereign state comprising territory in western Europe and several overseas regions and territories. ...read more.

Living and visiting a country are two very different things. If one does their research...you will see France is known to be one of the most difficult countries to relocate to. I lived in China and found it a lot easier than France. Be prepared for a lot of paperwork, administrative delays and complications. Little things that we take for granted tend to be difficult in France. For some reason Paris and France have a great reputation for a place to be but the reality is very different.

I only visited France twice but I really want to move from usa to France. I loved Avignon area.

We are now living in South-West part of France, it's just wonderful, everything here is art, and the life style is so cool. Food is extraordinary, excellent, many splendid villages, castles. Atlantic coast, landscape and people are on top. Healthcare is one of the best, you call the doctor which come home soon after and paying such a small fee, amazing country. Vive la France!

I'm debating whether I want to live in France or Germany.

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3Sweden

I am Swedish and I realize that I'm lucky. Growing up in the 70's we had a socialist democratic government which provided excellent free health care, great school system, T.V. that focused on quality and so on and so forth. After school we went to "leisure clubs" where there was free pony riding, trips to museums and surfing, like ALL FREE! So anyone who hates socialism... Yes Sweden was socialist and it was pretty damned good.

Yeah we yearned for Disney cartoons (they were broadcasted like twice a year), we had wet dreams about hamburgers... If you were really lucky you could get a hold of a pair of REAL Levi's jeans, instead of the corny Swedish brand...

But you know, my childhood was FINE. It was equal. And now that has changed. Ok it's still fairly equal in a global perspective but the gaps between the classes have broadened and that once so fine and stable social security system is falling apart, slowly. Private health insurances, income differences... A ...more

Beautiful country, great standard of living. Worked there for one summer, found the people to be extremely friendly, open minded, and tolerant. The whole country is kept very clean and tidy, you'll hardly ever see graffiti or litter. The Swedes are hard working but have a great balance between work and leisure, with a very sizeable part of the population playing sports on a regular basis, they are generally very health conscious. There is also a lot of space around nine million people in a country nearly three times the size of the UK which has nearly sixty five million tells you all you need to know.

I recently visited Gothenburg for a week and I must say the Swedish are the nicest and smartest Europeans I've seen. As someone living in Dublin with a high alcohol fuelled anti social behaviour I found Sweden peaceful. The people are willing to listen to a stranger unlike in Ireland and England. The Swedish people are tidy, health and environmental conscious. They are modest too. I LOVE Sweden.

Organised Northern European countries are always the best places to live. Lucky people who lin Sweden.

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4EnglandEngland is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. It shares land borders with Scotland to the north and Wales to the west.

Quite a tidy country, moderate weather, beautiful countryside, strong economy and strong military.

Also in England you are entitled to free medical care (including free GP visits) and also schooling for up to 18s is completely free. England has Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial College and UCL which are world renowned universities.

London is a city of opportunities, with paths for almost any career. London is filled with rich history and beautiful monuments. London is a massive city, but travel is efficient and very cheap thanks to the London Underground.

We have a low crime rate too.

I feel that England is a country where it is truly comfortable to live. England is tidy and well maintained, but above all, a country with a future.

Absolutely dreadful place to live - ridiculously expensive, dirty, poor public services, health cuts, overcrowded, taxation is ludicrous for what we get for it. Absolutely NOT a place I want to live in any more.

I've lived in the UK my whole adult life and it doesn't deserve to be at the top of the list. My partner is British and I love him dearly, but I do not recommend anyone to live here and he agrees.

The UK is only G7 country with continuously increasing levels of inequality since the beginning of the century. It definitely shows in all of the rural areas with poor level of education and development. Taxation is insane, the less you earn the more you pay. Tax haven of the world for corporations though.

Environment is nothing to be excited about either, despite of being one of the earliest member of the EU, they are still just learning the basics of recycling, leaving majority of the streets incredibly dirty, especially in the cities.

University education is something to be excited about, but is ridiculously expensive. Benefits have been stopped behind the closed door too, making it impossible for poorest students to attend. Nothing to rave about, since you can get it ...more

God save the Queen

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5Switzerland

Most peaceful, beautiful, and homely country on the face of the earth. Great people, great views, and great chocolate.

I live in Switzerland and it's actually the best country to live in!

I lived in Lugano, Switzerland for a while. Very expensive but beautiful. I want to go back.

Boring Snooze And Expensive

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6Czech RepublicThe Czech Republic, also known as Czechia, is a nation state in Central Europe bordered by Germany to the west, Austria to the south, Slovakia to the east and Poland to the northeast.

Why Czech Republic is in the 34th spot here? You should discover more off this promise its like as beautiful like its neighboring country Germany.

Come on it's a nice country beautiful rivers and lots of places to visit its awesome

Wonderful, convenient, beautiful country. Great shopping compared to Paris.

Beautiful girls. I want to live there!

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7AustriaAustria was Celtic (Hallstadt) then as Noricum, part of the Roman Empire, Alaric, who took over Rome, studied at a monastery near Vienna. In the Middle Ages, the Holy Roman Emperors moved to Vienna, then Austria became separate. Medieval documents from Eastern Europe as far as West Ukraine were often ...read more.

Clean and beautiful. The only problem is in Vienna people still smoke in cafes. So even though it is an amazing place. The smoking thing would reduce my quality of life so I couldn't live there.

The heart of Europe should be at least top 5. Very clean, friendly people combined with amazing nature that makes you think you are in the garden of Eden.

So I don't know if Austria is good to live in so it's in the most cleanest countries in the world right so I am gonna check it out

Boring Snooze

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8SpainSpain, officially the Kingdom of Spain, is a sovereign state largely located on the Iberian Peninsula in southwestern Europe, with archipelagos in the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea, and several small territories on and near the north African coast.

What the hell is Spain doing down here and England or the Czech Republic up there? The food, the weather, the cost of living, the landscapes and the quality of life in general is way better than most countries in Europe. Spain should definitely be on the top 3.

Canary Islands have a near perfect climate and the cost of living is cheap.

With its food, culture, cities (Madrid! ) it should be in the top ten

Amazingly beautiful and different country! Everyone could find whatever could dream about in here...

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9PolandPoland, officially the Republic of Poland, is a country in Central Europe, bordered by Germany to the west; the Czech Republic and Slovakia to the south; Ukraine and Belarus to the east; and the Baltic Sea, Kaliningrad Oblast (a Russian exclave) and Lithuania to the north.

The only safe place in Europe nowadays, just because of this racism and intolerance, which you criticise. There is no terrorism in Poland, there are almost no LGBT and animal-rapers parades eighter. This is just fine for me, and if I only could I would move there, to Poland. I'm done of all those shootings, acts of terrorism and deviations happening in western Europe ( I'm actually living in Italy, and believe me, I know what I'm saying). When I first visited Poland I was suprised, that it looks really fine, even better than in Italy, everything is clean and safe, buildings and streets looks nice, there are many trees and parks everywhere, prices are really low compared to those italian, unemployment rate is relatively lower and salaries are even comparable. I'm voting for it.

Poland is a great place, people are warm and welcoming, low cost of living and great landscapes to enjoy, it's a hidden gem!

Beautiful place, great people, low cost of living, very nice overall.

Poland is very safe, no terrorism acts and low crime. I has beautiful culture, towns and landscapes!

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10Finland

Clean air, clean food, healthy lifestyle and a lot of 'common sense'. Amazing design talent especially in architecture and product design. Finns have a unique sense of humor. I am Finnish but not living in Finland at the moment. I really miss all the four seasons and swimming in clean waters. Only downside I can think of is how racist some people can be, even when I lived there got some racist comments towards myself despite being 100% white Finnish but with a little bit different looks. This I think is down to people still getting used to different lifestyles and nationalities. Would love to move back though..

Finland have the best education in the world and it is clean

Finnish people are so nice and honest. Weather is so cool

Finland is an amazing country to live in.

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The Contenders

11Netherlands

I mean legal weed! Come on! And our social system is one of the best! So is our school system. The people here are world open and very kind

Netherlands is the best place to live in Europe if you are non European because Dutch people are the least racist and most fair in comparison to other nations in Europe.
But in general I think Germany is the best country in Europe if you are German.

Wrong Netherlands should've been in a higher number

This country is the best the red light district is the best place in the world

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12United KingdomThe United Kingdom (UK) is a sovereign state which consists of the political and economic union of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. It was a member of the European Union (EU) from 1973 to 2016. The UK is well known for ancient and modern literature, its influence in world music, its historical ...read more.

I was born British and hope to die British. It's a pity that I'm now told I'm English when I would rather be British. I love the whole of my country not just England.

UK AND England / Wales etc in the same list? Don't confuse the poor Americans...

Lol the poor Americans know that England Wales and Scotland are in the UK. Or at least were until England moved out.

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13DenmarkDenmark is a Scandinavian country in Europe. The southernmost of the Nordic countries, it is south-west of Sweden and south of Norway, and bordered to the south by Germany.

Denmark is famous for having the most contented people and happiest communities in Europe. Why is not higher up the list. Why is France even on the list, is like a third world country to live in.

That's good what you did to Denmark

Viva dens best spot ever in north;-)

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14Belgium

Excellent healthcare and education and easy to travel to neighbouring London/Amsterdam/Paris

Best healthcare system in the world.
Most peaceful place according to survey.
One of the best education systems worldwide.
Amazing public transport

The best chocolate and health care in the world.

Belgium is the best

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15ItalyItaly, in italian Repubblica Italiana, is a unitary parliamentary republic in Europe . Italy covers an area of 301,338 km2. With almost 62 million inhabitants, it is the 3rd most populous EU member state . Located in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, Italy shares open land borders with France, Switzerland, ...read more.

Pizza and Pasta
But unfortunately
Part of Italy is falling apart
:( - MassiveYumYum

I like Italy because, as far as I know, it is the only country in Europe where you can go to swim, to ski, to dinner in some ancient artistic place and go to a lake or to the hills to watch the sunset, in just one day. The wine and food are gorgeus. People always sais "buongiorno". It's easy to make friends. There are no big problems with depressed people and suicides. Summer is a long season. Winter is snowing. People about what to do together and not about work. You do not need to program three months before for having a drink together as they do in North Europe. You just do it whenever you want. Because the aperitivo is Italian!

Okay to me this is the best place to live in this should be number one because Italy is life and it has everything over there I'm just surprised its number 16

Chaos, corruption and no organisation. Even to visit is stressful, never mind living there.

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16PortugalPortugal, officially the Portuguese Republic, is a country on the Iberian Peninsula, in Southwestern Europe.

I think Portugal is a beautiful place to live. I've been there before and thinks it's very calm and peaceful.

Portugal sucks! The people are rude, and the corruption is horrible! I don't even want to talk about the drivers. I'm crippled from a lousy truck drive. The food is boring and repetitive. To describe this country as peaceful is a joke. We have been robbed, and music is blasted until very late at night quite often. The xenophobia is still another big issue. If you like suffering, and you want to take your life in your hands, move to Portugal. I hate my life here, and I may have to lose my right leg.

Amazing food, amazing culture, amazing scenery, AMAZING PORTUGAL! Language can be difficult to understand in the beginning but you'll pick it up. Cost of living is cheap but on the downside, the wages are lousy.

More and more people are coming in Portugal for living.

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17IcelandIceland, also called the Republic of Iceland, is a Nordic island country between the North Atlantic and the Arctic Ocean. It is known as the most peaceful country on earth.

Really how is Iceland not in the top 10 Iceland is a very beautiful and peaceful country very clean very very very low crime rate lots and lots of freedom so Iceland I am awesome place to live one of the best places to live

I am seriously stunned. Please tell me how this is not in the top 10? - Joansb

Amazing country and people in every way. It would be a dream to live there. The climate is perfect and those icelandic horses are like an image from a fairy tale.

Peoples are very kind.

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18ScotlandScotland is a country that is part of the United Kingdom and covers the northern third of the island of Great Britain.

Super friendly and social people and beautiful nature. Great bars, people of all ages go night out. Free universities! I love Scotland!

How is it 20th on this list? It's where I live!

Brilliant country - definitely better than England

Best country in the world!

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19IrelandFormed in 1916 after the Easter uprising, Ireland is a small country with a population of roughly 5 million.

Green, Clean, Hardworking people, and friendly people to. A country that received much abuse and survived. Ireland for the win!

Nice people, green, and a country that survived many years of abuse. Irish people are very hard workers. Ireland for the win!

Ireland has everything, its developed as a first world country yet isn't over crowded and dirty like england is becoming. Lots of green, lovely people, life revolves around music and booze, what could be a better place!?

My list is Ireland no1. 2 Iceland, 3 denmark, 4 scotland, 5 Finland, 6 Sweden.

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20WalesWales is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. Located on the island of Great Britain, it is bordered by England to the east, the Irish Sea to the north and west, and the Bristol Channel to the south.

Beautiful rural areas, although in my opinion less developed than England

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