Top 10 Best Countries to Live In

The Top Ten
1 Canada Canada is a country in North America that is next to the United States, and it's the 2nd largest country in the world by area (size is 9.985 million km²). This country has 10 provinces, and 3 territories. Canada became a dominion on July 1, 1867. Its 10 provinces are: Ontario, British Columbia, Quebec, ...read more.

Canada's good because our economy doesn't really have any thing to do with war so that tax will be low and if you live in Alberta you don't have to pay PST. If you want to move you don't have to ask the government to move and our economy is now the most stable. If you ask me Canada is the land of the free and we don't worry about people blowing up planes. Canada doesn't own any nuke so people don't think of us as a threat but we are one of the most peaceful places on earth.

Canada is awesome. Really helpful and polite people. There are a lot of immigrants so they don't care about your nationality or skin color. They are really open to foreigners.

The nature is simply breathtaking. In British Columbia, you got mountains, ocean and vast pine tree forests all together. There are a lot of parks and pleasant places in the cities.

The cities are clean, organized and the services work well. It's really safe. You don't see beggars in the streets or even shantytowns. I am used to it because I live in Brazil, but in Canada, even big cities such as Vancouver have nothing of that.

Economy and education are pretty good as well. There are a lot of opportunities. It's really peaceful, enjoyable and nice. I've lived there once and I will come back to stay definitely. You won't regret visiting Canada.

I love this imaginary country it has to be the best of the best and who say that USA is the best is a lair with all my respect to USA. Canada is the best trust me. Schools, Medical treatment are for free. Besides that Canada is rat and snakes free. Moreover, there is beeping on the road which is having lots of traffic. In addition, it has some of the best schools and universities in the world like Toronto University and we also have high wages which could reach 160$/hour. It is one of the most green and clean countries in the world which has fun places like Canada Wonderland and West Edmonton Mall. Finally, it is peaceful and doesn't have any kind of wars and the people are friendly too.

The United States is such a diverse and wonderful place. Like water? We have countless miles of coastlines - from the charming and chilly New England coasts on the Northern Atlantic to the balmy havens on the Pacific along our West Coast. Fantastic freshwater fishing in all of the Great Lakes up North and wonderful, comfortable water year-round in the Gulf of Mexico. The Rocky Mountains are a sight to behold - like to ski? Got that covered in spades. Hiking and camping your thing? No problem, just throw a dart at the map and you're there. Warm weather? Pick any one of our Southern states. Dry weather? Just stay west of Dallas and South of Colorado. Big cities your thing... New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Houston, etc. Small towns more your speed? Easily done. Fast paced life - move to the Northeast. Slow paced life - move down South. Relaxed atmosphere - move to the West Coast. Warm, friendly people - move to the Midwest or Great Plains states. Solid economy, lower crime ...more

2 Australia Australia, officially known as the Commonwealth of Australia, is a country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands. Australia has a very warm climate and is very dry. The country's official language is English.

Australia is really nice country. Australia is a very high developed country characterized by a very high rank of Human Development Index. This country is also strong in financial, and really multicultural where you can meet people around the world. The citizens are friendly and you can enjoy a freedom life. Australia has it's best city in the world, Melbourne which ranked as the most liveable city in the world. Climate diversity makes Australia become more unique where you can enjoy the tropical climate at the north of the country, desert at the west, and subtropical climate at the southeast of Australia.

If I was a poor man then Australia is the best place to be poor in as it has a great safety net, not too cold and a lot of opportunity to get off the canvas. If I was a rich man then Australia is a great place to live: Good security, Good Weather, Good Beaches, Good Food and Good Business opportunities. Canada- Weather is lousy, US- No safety net, so it has low security, Europe - Too much Government interference and weather is lousy. New Zealand is similar to Australia to except the place has too many New Zealanders. Thailand is Up there with Good places to live if you had a few bucks. At the end of the day it is up to what you want : for me it is about : Good Air, Good Food, Good Water, Good Weather, Good scenery and the economic freedom and health to enjoy them.

Great country. Nice people. The socialist Labor/Green Government is trying to turn the country communist quick though. Country being over run by Islamic illegal aliens who refuse to assimilate. Open boarders no protection for this beautiful land. Don't get used to a high score in the future unless you change your government from the Labor communists back to the way it was when the conservatives were in power, you had a twenty two billion dollar surplus and you weren't paying two million dollars a day in interest payments to China to pay off one hundred seventy eight billion dollars deficit.

The only country I've ever lived in, Australia is a very beautiful country. It's also a very free country where different cultures mix together very well. Add to that the fact that it's the second-most developed country after Norway according to the HDI, the excellent literacy rate of 99%, the okay crime rate and the great healthcare system, Australia is the best and only country I've lived in. Sure, it has some bad people, and many of the teenagers in some parts of Sydney that I've been to are absolutely appalling. The amount of teenagers who skip school, smoke, drink and wreak havoc is astonishing in Sydney, but it's still a safe and extremely developed place to live.

3 United States of America The United States of America, or the U.S.A. for short, is a federal republic composed of 50 states, 48 of them are contiguous states. There are two other states, Alaska and Hawaii, which are north and south of the contiguous states, respectively. The United States declared its independence from the ...read more.

That stereotype is so not true. Most people here are friendly and will help you if you need it. Other than the enormous amount of political correctness forced on us, we have the freedom to do just about anything as long as it's not abusively illegal. Everybody in the world takes great risks to come here---I live right on the Mexican border and thousands get through every day. We need jobs and a sane political system, neither Democrats nor Republicans. We need a president who puts American citizens' needs first before special interest groups or foreign nations. Regardless, I wouldn't live anywhere else.

Stunning architecture, marvellous food, caring people, structured government and rules and it's a very organised country. The United States of America is a spectacular country with diverse things all around it. The only problem is that the crime rate can scare people away from this country. But most counties, cities and neighborhoods are safe and have police trooping around them 24/7. And, this is the place where dreams come true. Although many people don't have jobs and the people who do gain little money, most celebrities started their career in the U.S.A. and the people here are really caring and helpful. If you're locked out of your house, you can call 911 and they can gladly help you open it. And if you're walking down the road, people just say "Hi! " to you out of respect. That is true kindness. This is the place where you can see various musical performances, millions of game shows and celebrities on tours in real-life. And this is the center of food, especially when it come to ...more

While much of the world dislikes the US because of our policy, our government or government's policy does NOT reflect the US at all!
We are a very diverse, welcoming nation, a nation that provides lots of opportunities for anyone willing to work hard and dedicate themselves.
Plus we have tons of attractions, our National Parks, big glittering cities like New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Las Vegas, amusement parks like Disneyland, Six Flags etc, etc.
Plus we Americans tend to be a happy, friendly lot of people who help others and each others. We have plenty of problems: but we are also a very optimistic, resourceful people too.

What I've observed is that the people who say all the spiteful things in the comments either live in one of the crap states or have never even been there. To a normal person living in an average city, crime is not a threat and you'd feel fine walking around, and even though it is unfortunately higher than other developed nation, it doesn't compare with some of the Latin American, African, or South Asian countries. People say that everyone is a gun-toting, obese, brainwashed idiot. First, most households who do own a gun keep it locked away in case of emergencies only. The US has a high obesity rate, but it's not everybody. The News criticized the government all the time; it's basically a national sport. Yes, the US does have a lot of problems, but so does every country including my home nation, and picking only the bad things about a nation and intentionally excluding all the good things is horribly detrimental to understanding the whole picture.

4 Sweden Sweden, officially the Kingdom of Sweden, is a Scandinavian country in Northern Europe. ...read more.

Sweden is the best country to live. Canada is the worst with criminals from all over the world live here and prey on Canada. Canada has no strict rules for immigration and takes all druggist and criminals and grants them permission to live here. It is third class country. There is no place like Europe. Every country in Europe has class. It's clean. If anyone has a chance to live in Sweden go for it, you will never regret. It's a beautiful cultural country all Scandinavian countries. Wow for this beautiful country.

It's the best country I have lived in. I have lived in USA and was bad, I have been in Japan (better than USA) and I have been in England (better than USA). The swedes are very nice and helpful people. Everything is so nice there no problems there. It's like you are in heaven. They take care of children very hard. The food is so healthy there nothing is bad. For me like a half American and half British it is the best country in the world.

Easy country where nothing is complicated, and the friendliest people in Europe. Also Sweden is the country of quality, from their roads to their machines (Volvo, Husqvarna, Ericsson) and to their meet (one if the best and most organic meet in the world). The restaurants are of very high quality. You will most likely get better tapas in Stockholm then in Malaga, and better Pizza then Milano, and surely better service then anywhere.

I see a lot of swedes do great success in their business, A LOT OF THEM...and they do GREAT GREAT success. The country is strong, protected, happy, beautiful, and I think you'll feel pretty safe in Sweden. Not only the country is awesome, but the people too. The people are kind, sweet, good at heart, and really fun to go out with. They have such a great great personality. I'm not a swede but, boy! I really really wish I was. If you're a swede and u hate your home country, DON'T. Swedes are VERY lucky. Seriously.

5 England England, previously the Kingdom of England, is a constituent country of the United Kingdom along with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. ...read more.

Best country in the WORLD. I've been to all of them, in order of excellence; - England, Switzerland, USA, Canada, Australia.

England, and especially London, in UNBELIEVABLE in comparison. Best mix of famous people, rich people, millionaires, BILLIONAIRES, small businesses, large businesses, multinational businesses, cars, sports cars, art, history, culture, architecture, tech, people, industry, beaches, countryside (most beautiful countryside in the world by far), political scene, journalists (British papers like the Spectator etc are simply unmatched), sports (cricket, football, etc), proximity to interesting places in Europe, everything.

AND England has a Monarch! Bloody brilliant combo!

I am so proud of being a British citizen. England is an amazing country with amazing views and natural landmarks and natural beauty way better than the US. Houses are cheaper cars are cheaper etc etc. It's so annoying when people say US is better just cause it has bigger houses, I mean what that just makes housekeeping so much harder, schooling here is way better than the US, our football team and football clubs are so good. England is so centrally located on Earth so travelling is not that hard, at the end of the day England is an AMAZING country and AMAZING place to live.

I moved to the UK from the US and can not believe how fortunate I am. We have a compassionate view of life and a basic respect for a FairPlay in the spproach to life. A democratic approach that far surpasses America and willing to truly debate issues. We are aware of issue around the world and try to be responsible in our approach to progressive ideas. That doesn't even take in the exquisite landscape and diversity of landscapes and wildlife! The architecture is amazing and we protect our cultural past! I am extremely proud to be a British citizen and would never live anywhere else!

To start off, I am from/living and was born in London. I have lived in London all my life and have thought nothing of other nationalities coming abroad to live here, wheather it is a job offer, wheather it is to avoid wars and get a better lifestyle for your family etc. Up till this year, I had no problem. It all begun, when I went abroad to stay with a friend of mine in Singapore. The laws there may be strict, but it is amazing. You see no litter, very clean airport and lots more. After my long one month vacation, I came back to a warm summer in London. I was walking around the streets and just saw lots of foreigners. They've raided London! No one can get into schools as they're full of foreigners, one school I know of speak French when they're in the U.K. I tell you, it is dreadful, the government have let it happen, it is no fault of the foreigners, but now that we have split from the EU, us Londoners have got to take action and rule our country again!

6 France France, officially the French Republic, is a sovereign state comprising territory in western Europe and several overseas regions and territories. The European part of France, called metropolitan France, extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea, and from the Rhine to ...read more.

Wonderful country, peaceful,.kind people, famous food, healthcare...

So various landscapes, there are some villages which look to be villages of medieval tales.

France is like a dream, we had the chance to go to Tahiti, Moorea, Bora-Bora and Marquesas Islands. Besides the fact that these places are simply marvelous, splendid, is so amazing to know that it is part of France.

Here you have among the most beautiful coral reefs (UNESCO) and gorgeous beaches in the world.

France is so different, has a so rich culture and history and so peaceful areas to live in, it is the bucolic country.

And if you need you BBQ, no problems, here you can eat everything you want because you will also find cuisine from lots of other countries.

It is No 2 for McDonalds in the world after USA.

It's true that French are not the best in spoken English, but they are not the worst compare to some countries around.

And most of people speak only their own ...more

I love France, Is World's Most Visited countries, top on Healthcare and It's not too struggling to do business there, Love Paris France is best of all around the world. But the problem is its economical structure which is not so good now a days, even if it's a strong democracy, maybe to much allocations to people are given for kids, habitation, unemployment, etc.. Let's see next elections. Hope Le Pen will not be elected, maybe I'd be obliged to leave and I don't want at all. I like everything here and I want my family grows up here.

Amazing country, simply beautiful, very open minded.

Don't listen to the stereotypes, all my encounters with French people were always really pleasant, I mean you'll have rednecks everywhere, France too, but I've never met any.

Just go there and take a breath and relax, it's just a cool country and has to be visited but not only Paris. Paris maybe is far to represent France, even French think that Parisian are a bit crazy.

Try Brittany, Atlantic coast, Provence, Jura, Alsace and so many fantastic regions.

As a native of France, I would like for you to know that living in France isn't the same as coming there for vacation. These days lot's of things happen in France, such as riots, unemployment, political crisis, high levels of vandalism, peoples always complaining and weirdos in the street. Of course it's not like that everywhere, but people that say it would be a dream to live here, you should first make sure that France is right for you.

7 Norway Norway, officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a sovereign and unitary monarchy in Northern Europe whose territory comprises the western portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula plus the island Jan Mayen and the archipelago of Svalbard. ...read more.

Norway is one of the best countries to live in. It's one of the wealthiest, safest, and cleanest countries in the world. It's very safe as well; the crime rate is very low. Its prisons don't look like prisons at all they actually look like hotels, which shows that they truly care for its citizens. Its citizens are also really kind and are willing to help others. Overall, Norway is an amazing country to live in.

Norway has one of the highest life satisfactions. Meaning the people in Norway are living in the happiest Country on Earth. The crime rate is moderately low, the environment is clean. The environment is magical and the people are happy. And they have potatoes.

Just returned July 21, 2014 from a drive up the coast of Norway.
Beautiful scenery, most friendly people who all speak English.
Gas was $3.34/litre and food extremely expensive. The person who commented on spending 25 bucks for coffee is full of beans (pardon the pun).
It was no more than $8 and cheapest around $4.

Healthcare here in Norway is not totally free not unlike in the country where I am living before healthcare is totally free,People here needs to pay (egen andel) service fee. Hospitalization is free but if your not hospitalize, people who are living here must pay the service fee, for example x-ray, MRI, consultation fee, any kind of test etc,.I am very greatful because I am living here in Norway same the best nation where I came from.

8 Iceland Iceland, also called the Republic of Iceland, is a Nordic island country between the North Atlantic and the Arctic Ocean.

I cannot believe this! Did you know Iceland ranked #9 on the Human development index? Denmark made #2, Sweden made #5, Canada made #4, and Norway made #1! Do your research before making a list please. Thanks.

Iceland should be number 1 Luke really! Iceland is such a beautiful country with very very kind people clean healthy no crime so it's the best country to live in I needs to be number 1 on the list

This is one of very attractive nation which has a very good set of houses and very clean even I have not been there yet.

Nobody voted for this.
Nobody likes this country.
Nobody should live here.

Well, good thing my name is "Nobody", because Iceland should be #1

9 Switzerland Switzerland, officially the Swiss Confederation, is a federal republic in Europe. It consists of 26 cantons, and the city of Bern is the seat of the federal authorities. ...read more.

I live in Canada and it is becoming a police state. Freedoms of expiration, speech and the right to assemble have been taken from us and there is now a secrey police. Feeling very much like Germany 1933 with the Reichstag fire decree, it called bill C 51 and C-10. Switzerland the people get to vote for major issues through referendums and the people on the whole are much better educated and have a feeling of responsibility for the governing of their country.

Switzerland is the most freedom country in the world and the most competitive economy in the world. Beautiful nature, friendly people, very rich and clean environment. Switzerland is one of the safest countries in the world. It's a very liberal country as gun law, freedom of speech, direct democracy and economic freedom. Switzerland is the best place to live in the world.

Why, why, why isn't this number 1? It's the most beautiful, peaceful & diverse country. People are nice here. They don't hesitate to help if you're lost. The Swiss Alps are really beautiful & the Swiss have amazing colleges & art! It also has not been in any war for 200 years, even though in WWII, its surrounding countries were at war. It's also one of the richest & happiest countries in the world!

It is absolutely amazing. Nothing wrong with it except the price of everything. It is really expensive. But other than that, the scenery, the opportunities for exercise, the skiing and snowboarding, the public transport, among others. Each village is completely different from the one down the road. The people are friendly. AMAZING.

10 Germany Germany 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.

Germany has a strong economy, gorgeous landscapes, the best food in the world, and it is the safest place to be. The people who reside there have many virtues and kind spirits. We help our fellow European nations economies and give jobs to the Greeks who are moving in. We forgive other nations and pay our debts quickly and efficiently. And almost nothing wrong happens politically. We always have a caring and helpful chancellor. We are not greedy and we will help someone who needs it. We welcome people of all races into our borders and we warmly invite them into our cities.

Why is this country ranked so low? Germany has a great infrastructure, a good educational System (universities are free here! ), one of the best healthcare and social system in the world AND it's not that expensive. Unlike countries like the US, where you need to pay for your health, where the educational system is so low and where you have to work too much because you have no right to get a paid holiday.

I feel safe, the people are honest, humble and reliable, you have all the possibilites here, even when your poor you can attend university and get a good education, people are generally smart and informed, you have work security, at least 28 days of vacation a year, lots of insurances, good infrastructure, high developed, multicultural. But to live good you need a bit of dicipline and to be reliable at work, but that's normal.

I had never been here or any other country but as a Canadian I say Germany is better than our southern neighbour USA. Germans Are not jealous of anyone is what I heard. I know this because of research on the internet and other people say that Americans are way too jealous of other countries. I would love to visit Germany someday. Canada and Germany are better.

The Contenders
11 Japan Japan is an island country in East Asia in the Pacific Ocean. It lies off the eastern coast of the Asia Mainland (east of China, Korea, Russia) and stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and near Taiwan in the southwest. ...read more.

I was there about 20 yrs ago and I still remember vividly how great the Japanese. I can not forget all the beautiful places and the outstanding hospitality of this country. I highly recommend to each traveler to at least count in to visit Japan so they can experience the honesty and purity of the culture. The best way to educate kids the importance of family and descipline will go further on each individuals morals and lige being. I plan to go back and visit Japan before it is too late for me to travel, the number one country of Asia.

I hadn't thought Japan as a good country to live before I studied abroad and had a chance to see Japan from outside. As one of Japanese people, I really appreciate their kind consideration, which I have experienced only with Japanese people. I'm not saying people from other countries are not very thoughtful. They are kind and nice as well in their own way. I like other countries and want to live abroad again in the future. But, I feel the most comfortable when I am in Japan.

When I knew Japan I hated it very much as it fought with Singapore, a few hundred years ago, which, is my homeland and where I live in. I only started to like Japan after developing a liking for their anime. I did some research and also found out that the people in Japan are also pretty polite. So I actually liked japan more from then on. It also has many nice things there so I gladly recommend you to go there, maybe Tokyo.

As a half Japanese myself, I'll agree that Japan is a good country. Although we had a hideous history we'd like to have left unspoken of, we can guarantee that our environment is clean, infrastructure: checked, it's easy to keep fit because a casual Japanese diet in a day usually consists of over 15 vegetable's and fruits. We also manage to keep to the latest technology yet at the same time also live up to our traditions.

12 New Zealand New Zealand is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. ...read more.

Ne w Zealand is a country that until recently was very much overlooked. Now people have started to extend their horizons a bit more and have discover our little gem at the bottom of the world. It is the kind of place you retire and settle down in as it is safe, beautiful and full of kind and hospitable people and healthy to live in too, however personally I have found that it is not the kind of place to spend your teen years and early adulthood as it is not exactly party central. However to live in from your 30s onward it's absolutely perfect. My kind of paradise, I love the land of the long white cloud and can assure you that yes it certainly lives up to it's expectations perhaps it even precedes them.

I have thought about this a lot, and I concluded New Zealand is the best country to live in. It has one of the freest economies and presses in the world (unlike my home, the USA), It is neutral (unlike Canada and Iceland), would have the least amount of damage from a nuclear war (unlike Sweden and Switzerland which would suffer collateral damage from nuked countries like Norway and France). The country is beautiful (look up Milford Sound), wealthy and just overall probably the best place to live in the world.

Stunning, perfect, beautiful place, New Zealand has everything from peace and tranquility to snowcapped mountain peaks, ancient exotic flora and forna, wild and wonderful, golden calm beaches, brilliant star gazing, awesome towns/cities/untouched national parks, friendly caring people, unique culture and history, stunning food and wines and the coolest little capital in the world. There is something for everyone there. Way better that Australia and number 1 in the world for me!

The Best Place to go on a holiday...but the problem is, after you go there once, you won't feel like coming back to your country as the people of this country are as warm and beautiful as the freshness of this country is...there is nothing in New Zealand that one can't find...This place is blessed with abundance of nature, tranquility and utmost beauty. It was the best place I've been to and I know for the fact that there won't be any other place on this earth as beautiful, serene, peaceful, heavenly, warm, clean and green as NZ truly is. If I were to rank the best place on this earth where one could attain euphoria, I would vouch for NZ. All Blacks, Māori, Manuka Honey, country-life, farms, dairy, animal husbandry...all of those beautiful things are what one learns from this place...I just look forward to moving to NZ for good as there can't be anything better than this country and its people.

13 Denmark Denmark 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.

I´m a Dane and in many ways Sweden,Norway and Finland is very great in many ways to. I think it is a Question of taste. Norway beats Denmark when it comes to beutyfull nature.

Somehow here in Denmark, you will earn more money compare to other countries that will raise up your purchasing power and quality of life. Although you pay high taxes but wages are well paid. Moreover, tax money contribute significance role in the social value as well. Here, everything is more organized and centralized. In a word, you will be happy here.

There is just something terribly wrong with this list when high quality countries like Iceland, Finland, Denmark, New Zealand, Sweden, Norway, Austria, Switzerland, Netherlands etc. are ranked below The United States of America.

Denmark is the best country because, people have such a friendly sentimentality. The taxes are high due to free health care and free education, and we have the right to get something called SU, its what students get to live by when they take an education

14 Finland Finland, officially the Republic of Finland, is a sovereign state in Europe. It has a capital of Helsinki and got independence from the Soviet Union after WWI.

Oh there are many reason. Best country to live for pregnant moms, families and kids. Finland has a free health care and if you need treatment, you will get it. What about education? Oh free as well. And one of the best education systems out there. We have good gun control laws. There is no corruption. Government is chosen by people and they make decisions which will be for the best. Liberal country, for example equal marriage is now possible in Finland. Finland is more than safe country to live. There are so many other reasons too why Finland is the best country to live. The nature with lakes and forests is absolutely stunning.

I love Finland. Now this is maybe because I am Finnish, but living in Finland had the best moments of my life. Some reasons I loved living there was that it was really green. Even if you lived in the middle of the capital, Helsinki, you wouldn't have to walk far to see the beautiful greenery. And also education and health care is free, that's also really good. And talking about education, it has the best education system. Now I lived in Finland only until grade 3 but the exams were only at the end of the year, and there was 1 exam. You rarely got bullied, because there were supportive and nice teachers, and usually people had a lot of friends, even that one Indian kid who spoke very little Finnish had like 20 friends. And also the city life was amazing. You could walk in town and feel like you would be at home everywhere you go. I don't know why but I just felt like this was where I should live forever walking trough the familiar streets of Helsinki. Also winters, YES THE COLD! I just ...more

The school system is one of the best in world. Finnish students take little to no standardized tests and have no homework, it's about collaboration; that's something you'll use in life. Also, 'no homework and very little test' they must be stupid right? Wrong, more people in Finland actually graduate from high school AND collage than in the U.S.A, and this is only part of it.

- The nature is unspoiled. There is two national parks 20 km from the city center of Helsinki. The summer is as warm as in Germany or UK and during June, it's never dark. Instead of continental European cloudy weather with rain, soil is covered with snow during most of the winter.
- Finns are helpful, honest and altruistic. Of 12 wallets dropped to public places in a Reader's Digest test, 11 were brought to police. This was the highest share in any country.
- Excellent social welfare system. The state guarentees everyone a income of at least € 1 100 ($ 1 500) a month.
- Crime is unheard of. No other EU country has less prisoners than Finland.
- Corruption is zero. Finland is the 3rd least corrupt country.
- Neither universities nor private schools have any tuition fees, and the education system is ranked the best among Western countries. - The freedom of speech has been ranked best in the world for four years in a row. Movies are always shown with original cuts with ...more

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

I live in Ireland, and can safely say its one of the best places to live, and I've travelled a lot! There's good culture, the people are friendly, has always been a neutral country, very peaceful and no enemies! Great standards of education, from indants to university, beautiful scenery, good climate, although rains a bit more than perhaps desired, land is very fertile and there is no shortage of sun eithear! Not to mention that there are great facilities all over the country, and it is our own country abd always has been we didn't steal it of natives, we are the natives! Great overall standard of living.

I live in Ireland and can honestly say it is a very comfortable place to live in. We don't have the biggest population and that is one of the factors of why it is so low on this list. There are breathtaking places to visit and people are very friendly. The education is good. The weather varies from good to bad, often one day you'll be sitting in the sun and the next watch the rain bucket down. We're neutral and have friendly associations with most countries.

I've lived in Ireland all my life and I'd never trade it for anywhere else, but I don't really see what everyone seems so attracted to us & the country by. It's a beautiful place if you want natural scenery but the weather is all over the place. The people are sweet mostly, but the more outgoing ones ignore the feck out of you.

I had no idea about the Irish people before the Uefa Euro 2012... But after that hilarious event... I realised that the irish are the most openminded and stunning people on earth... Simply the kindest... And dublin is just impressive! Ireland is really a great spot on earth to live in... Love you irish people!

16 Spain Spain, 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.

Spain offers a history that includes the Roman Empire, the development of the Catholic church, possessions greater than any other country in the world including most of Central and South America, large parts of the United States, and numerous island countries throughout the Caribbean and Pacific Oceans.

It's people are super, super-friendly. You can make a friend at a bar and within an hour you will have a friend for life. Really! That stranger will open his or her home to you in the future and pick up where you left off in the relationship as if you had just met.

Madrid is like NO OTHER city in the world. Where else is it normal to eat dinner at 10pm while the sun is still setting, hop from tapa to tapa bar, stay in the streets until 4am, go to work for half of the day, then go home and eat a large lunch, take a nap, go back to work, and then do it all over again?

According to the W.H.O Spain has one of best healthcare systems in the world. Is a country with great food and a varied healthy diet (more Michelin Star restaurants than anywhere else in the world! ).People enjoys a long life expectancy.
Spain is very monumental and has and great an long history. The people is friendly and the if you stay away from the touristic spots it is a very affordable country to live in.
The economy is currently growing at a faster pace than most places in Europe but is still recovering from the aftermath of the economic recession of 2008. Infrastructure is very good but in the down side it can be challenging to find a good stable job.

Few risk, nice public health, exceptional education, mediterranean climate, second best average life, nice food, international lenguage, lot of history, and there are always at least 8 hours of night to sleep during the night, and at least 8 hours of sun to have normal life during the day, not as Canada, Nordic European countries or New Zealand. There is few contamination, not as middle European countries such as France, Netherlands or Germany. And few criminality, not as USA.

The best from Spain is that you get to chose your style of life. There are like "two Spains": the north and the south. Probably the South is what everybody knows from this country: paella, flamenco and toros. But if you really don't like that lifestyle you can still try with the north: northeast is more economicly developed (ex. Barcelona) while northwest is more calm and homelike (ex. Camiño de Santiago). Also, their climates are different. North is a bit rainy, specially in Galicia, but it also has the most beautiful beaches (ex. Praia das catedrais) of all Spain. South has a really confortable climate and really nice people and atmosphere.

17 United Kingdom The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly shortened to United Kingdom, UK or Britain is a Sovereign State located of the Northwestern coast of Europe. It is a Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy currently lead by Monarch Queen Elizabeth II and its current prime minister is ...read more.

Hey. There is double posting here.
You have posting for England, which is actually a country in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
Please correct it.
I think the ranking here is not actually true except for the top 3.

I think you should correct this, because The United Kingdom is not a country. Instead of putting this, you could put Wales, Scotland, England, or Northern Ireland. (I know you already put England).

I think it's a best country ever having a biggest and beautiful city London. Well for long time living I prefer USA and even new york city the best city ever but it's a worth place for visit.

The UK is a great country because just over 100 years ago it ruled almost half of the world. (72 countries)

18 Netherlands

The Netherlands is one of the best countries, if not the best country for taking care of handicapped. I myself are on the border of being handicaped. I have a few pretty small ones, but still ones that make studying and working very difficult, because of the pressure that comes with it. even tough I perfectly understand and know what to do, the pressure just causes me to make many small mistakes. although not very big ones, their still on the border of important. but still in the Netherlands I got a special payment, because the cause are handicaps.

First, it's not 'Holland' but the Netherlands. But ok, Holland is a really nice country and I'm living there. You got nice summer and in the winter there is snow. In our country we get Dutch foods like pancakes but also Turkish, Indonesian and others. There's a lot of choice. People are kind to you. The nature is beautiful and we get also 5 island and some in the Carabian. Our culture is rich and you can do a lot here. Our country is really safe. If there's one country you should visite, choose for the Netherlands!

It is so much better than the US, with cheap or free education, immaculate health service, freedom of choice, no judgements, clean streets, friendly environments, high employment rate, 5 times lower homicide rate than the US and weed is legal, meaning that the illegal activity is much lower than many other countries. Choose the Netherlands instead of the US

I am not a Dutch but a frequent traveler. First time when I visited Netherlands, I felt like a fairy land. I love orange colour and it was a 31st April and every one was on the street. Friendly, understanding and nature loving people. USA is a good place for corporate but I think heartless people and too much occupied with their work (talking about NY).

19 Greece Greece, officially the Hellenic Republic, also known since ancient times as Hellas is a country located in southeastern Europe.

Greece is amazing in all aspects... bad economy at the moment but it will change, if all of us Greeks came back home and improve the country and get rid of illegals that cross the sea borders, and rob and destroy our cities and islands and we take over our country and be proud of it like Melina Mercouri done, I am sure things would change... We would not need to ask for money from Germans or EU. We could all live happily just by tourism and agriculture, export... something to think about! Great place!

Greece:So great country. Is the country with THE history, with THE greatest islands and with friendly people. Also greek people have the biggest history of all other. They started the Olymics with the fire and also they found the culture. (for countries who hate Greece)---> Our country(Greece) found the culture & when your ancestors didn't know anything Greece found all that you have now!

Bad economy but wonderful people, beautiful nature, amazing islands, excellent weather. There is funny and good-humored mood all the time. It's a country where it's very impossible to feel depressed or bored. Number one country if you want to have fun...

The economy has changed now. The people now are happy and the wages have been better than 2012. The economic situation in Greece has changed and now Greece is a wonderful country, with wonderful people with beautiful islands with developed economy!

20 Brazil Brazil, officially the Federative Republic of Brazil, is the largest country in both South America and the Latin American region.

Great country, incredibly beautiful, friendly and hot people, great weather, with a high development rate. Despite the crime in the big cities ( it's usually really calm,quiet and safe outside the big cities), great landscapes, some areas and cities got a higher development rate than USA,Canada, most Europe and NZ, Brazil got Curitiba, a very green and one of the cleanest cities in the world, with a high quality of life. I can say for sure that brazilians could be anywhere, but they'd never enjoy a country like they enjoy theirs, you can't even get bored in Brazil...

I like every country of South America! One of my favourite regions of South America is Brazil. I love Brazil.I love Rio de Janeiro. I love what good things Brazil has. Even if you do not watched it Brazil and the whole South America is unique as it is it doesn't have to be New York. A country has to be unique. It doesn't needs too much just like happiness needs few not too much. I really love South America!

I live in Brazil but travel abroad mostly to Europe and other South America countries.

I can for sure say that our food is the best in the world, a mix of italian, german, portuguese, african, native americans foods that makes it simply perfect.

We have great nature, rainforests, rivers, amazing beaches and a very nice climate. We have no international issues or war.

Only problems are government corruption, cost of living rising and violence in the big cities, in the smaller ones you can have a very high standard of living, mostly in south Brazil, considered a mini Europa like region in terms of climate (colder) and quality of life, I recommend the smaller citie in Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina states, low crimes, high quality of life and great landscapes!

Awesome country. Perfect climate. Good people. Food is cheap and delicious. Some issues in its organization, but it's getting better.

Hatters gonna hate, but there's no better place to build a carrer, make friends, stay healthy and happy.

21 Austria Austria 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.

Simply stunning. Travelled all over Europe and Austria is the most beautiful country I've seen and experienced. Cities are clean friendly, happy and gorgeous. People appreciate and value their living space. Great environment for families. Rural areas of Austria like Tirol and Pinzgau are incredible. Breathtaking scenery. Awesome skiing and even better in summer. Austria is better known for wonderful skiing in Winter but Summer is also a great time of the year to experience other mountain sports. If you like cities, Austria is perfect and if you prefer the countryside, look nowhere else! Overall: 9.8/10

Austria has the best living full city in the world Vienna. The best coffe and sachertorte in the world. If you don't won't do life in the best living full city you can change do the Mountains is a good difference because no country has so beautiful Mountains. Why did over 100.000.000 people come to Austria. Also Austria has no war and only 5% living below the poverty line. 4,2% are unemployed. 50% are upper class.

Austria is a fantastic country with great nature and people. The living standard and safety is of the same high level as in Germany, but the people are partially more chilled and down to earth. It's a great for doing every outdoor activity you can imagine, and most of the cities have a beautiful historical old town.

Vienna is an awesome place to live/visit, Salzburg is also breathtaking and Austrians eat their Burgers with a fork & Knife because of how High class they are, Never seen a Homeless man or any obvious Poverty it should've been next to Germany in the list.

22 Portugal Portugal (est.1152), officially the Portuguese Republic, is a country located mostly on the Iberian Peninsula in southwestern Europe. It is the westernmost country of mainland Europe, bordered to the west and south by the Atlantic Ocean and to the north and east by Spain. Its territory also includes ...read more.

Portugal should be in Brazil's place or even better! Brazil has a high rate of crime, bad government, crysis, etc...
In Portugal people are very friendly, a very good education, although our government "Fell" some years ago, it's getting much better now and I assure you that you won't regret living in Portugal.
Portugal just won the best place to visit in the world.
Telecommunications are great.
Things are cheaper than most places in the rest of Europe (Germany, Sweden, France, etc...)

Top ten country to live in my opinion. One of the most sunny countries in Europe, wonderful beaches and mountains with beautiful rivers and waterfalls.
People are very nice and the food is marvelous.
Some great monuments and buildings to visit too mainly in the two major cities, Lisbon and Porto. This country is a must.

Why is Portugal number 140? It's certainly better than Brazil! Brazil is a poor awful country with a high crime rate, Portugal is an awesome country, it has an amazing nation, fantastic food and weather and the people there are friendly and nice!

Portugal ranked 154, what's that joke? Living in Portugal is really nice, peaceful, quiet, people there are kind, simple and open. In France we love our friends from Portugal and their country.

23 Italy Italy, in italian Repubblica Italiana, is a unitary parliamentary republic in Europe. ...read more.

Italy is a great country with a lot of history on its shoulders. Many says it has the best food in the world; even though that is very subjective, Italian food summarizes the Italian culture: classy, creative and with a lot of love. Italians really love their food and life style. In fact, the most fascinating thing is how Italians are able to seize the day and get the best of their life. The sense of family, the appreciation for good food, history, art, music, fashion and wine, these are all ingredients that Italians use to conduct, in my view, what I think is one of the best life style on earth. It is great to admire how they express their culture on what they do, from the elegance of an Armani suit to the great manufacture of a Ferrari.

I am Nigerian and has to say that Italian people are pure racist.
They treat me as a slave, as nothing, in the best case they talk to me like as a kid.
I do speak myself 4 languages, I am surely better than most of them, but they will never accept than a black guy can be better than them, a big shame.
The only job we can get as migrants, even after years, is selling bags, glasses etc.. In front of supermarkets.

But we will stay here, because we have to be more and more numerous to reverse the current situation.
It should be number 1 of the worst country.

There is no question about the Italian culture, people and ingenuity... After all what other nationality had contributed to the USA as much as the Italians. Italians with their work ethics and family values cannot be denied... A very clever race of people. As for the comments about Italians being racists about black people, when I'm in Italy I do see Italian men with black women... and although I do not see very many black men with Italian women, that's not to say that their racists, Italian women at large prefer Italian men... And that's that! Ciao

It is said that the Italians are arrogant, pretentious, that for example, they do not want to speak English because they only like French language and believe that's the best language in the world and that they are the best. Another founded opinion is circulating that they are cold with foreigners, they are not welcoming. You can make your own opinion by going there, but it will be worst, better choosing another place to go, there are so many.

24 South Korea South Korea, officially the Republic of Korea, is a sovereign state in East Asia, constituting the southern part of the Korean Peninsula. About 25 million people, around half of the country's population of 51 million, live in the Seoul Capital Area.

I don't get why South Korea is the most hated Asian Country of all time. South Korea is really unique to me. They're cuisine is something special, they're shopping malls are high class, they're form of Martial Arts is really safe, and you don't have to worry about Japanese karate. They;re arcades are really special, and they're hotels are a 5 star places to stay in. South Korea is also home to the worlds largest Christian Church.

It's very convenient to live there: 24-hour marts, shopping malls, food, etc. They deliver anything to you or even pick up for you. High tech transportation and buildings great environment! Public transportation is super clean and cheap - you will find food ANYWHERE.

Oh My Gosh!
I was borned in America, but my parents are from Germany.
Last year, I went to South Korea to Seoul, and Je-Ju island. It was so cool! And I heard that they are building a 123floor thing. I actually saw a little part when I was in Korea, and it was so amazing. I could not belleive it. It was so awesome that I wish to go again.

The healthcare and education here speaks for itself. It also has some of the best internet in the world.
The only major problem is the work culture, similar to Japan.

25 Singapore Singapore, officially the Republic of Singapore, and often referred to as the Lion City, the Garden City, and the Red Dot, is a global city and sovereign state in Southeast Asia and the world's only island city-state.

Damn! What the hell is this? This should be the best Southeast Asian Country to live in! Singapore deserves to beat all the other SEA countries when it comes to best countries to live in. I don't agree that Singapore lands only on the 31st place. This should be in Top 27. The higher, the better, the safer country to live in. So please do root for SG! SEA's #1 best country to live in!

I feel that this list is not accurate. The larger the population in one country, the more people will be able to vote for their country. The best way to find out where to live in is to go to a country an experience it yourself, or ask the locals in the area. One more thing, Singapore Is one of the best Asian countries to live in

Singapore is a very beautiful place! Everybody in the world should deserve to visit Singapore at least once.
Singapore is also know for its best airport in the world. Singapore is also clean and have different cuisines of food! When you come to Singapore you must try the famous chicken rice!

Singapore is such a safe place to live. It's so beautiful as the government takes extra effort to make sure that the country is clean. The education system is really good in Singapore as well.

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