Best European Countries to Live In

The Top Ten

1 Germany 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.

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!

Great country and decent people

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2 Switzerland 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.

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.

Definitely the best. It's peaceful, prosperous, and has a great quality of life. It's a no brainer

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3 Czech Republic Czech Republic Czechia, officially the Czech Republic, 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.

Enjoyable, plenty of history and it becomes more modern every day

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

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.

Very safe white country with almost nihil religion of pieces. No child grooming gangs. Anti degeneratism. and very rich of history

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4 France 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.

France is for my family and me, the best country we found to install our home, in France you will find everything you want due to its large diversity due to its specific multiculturalism, you can live in a a cute stone house of the middle ages to a perfect modern architect's villa, you can eat a food from everywhere as well as their famous food you need to discover recipes and take your time as they are so numerous, France is the temple of any kind of meat served with so many sauces and cooking variants depending of your taste, Ocean fish, complex recipes and of course pastries and bread. The country side is really relax, we live now at 40 km from a large city, near Atlantic Ocean coast, and less than 3 hours by train to Paris or Lyon and 1 hour to Bordeaux and easy to reach Spain by car. France is now our sweet home, for me as Computer scientist, I had no difficulty to find a job there in this branch. We decided to stay here as long as possible, concerning attacks in our region we ...more

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

I'm French but I've been travelling ou of France my whole life. Being abroad made me realize how perfect is my country. In every aspect. I love France I am willing to work and live there all my life

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5 Poland Poland Poland, 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.

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

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

It's safe, cheap and many people speak English

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6 Austria 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.

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.

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.

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

Is a beautiful, clean, safe country, with amazing landscapes and with clean air!

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7 United Kingdom United Kingdom The 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. ...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.

I'm Canadian and every time I go to this beautiful country I am so impressed at the history and beauty of all sorts of cities from London to Liverpool, Cardiff to Caerphilly.

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

Originally British but live in Australia, which is much better than Britain

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8 Spain 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.

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.

Spain is one of the most beautiful country and have beautiful persons.

Great Climate all year..
Nice cuisine
lousy paper-work system to do anything

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9 Finland Finland

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

I am a foreigner who lives in Finland and my wife is Finnish. Yes there are some stupid rasict people here but There are many many more good and educated people. I think Finland is best place to live in Europe.

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10 Belgium Belgium

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.

Should be no. 1!

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The Contenders

11 Netherlands Netherlands

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

It's going to get worse if the Dutch keep letting these blacks & arabs in!

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

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.

Absolutely amazing country! They have one of the best welfare systems in the world, awesome scenery like their lakes and forests, great at Eurovision, top human rights, kind (also gorgeous) people, low crime rate and an overall very good atmosphere. Sure, it may seem a bit dull because it's so peaceful and the people can be intimidating at first, but it should be in the top 5!

One of the best country in europe

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

No country is perfect, but Italy has a great deal to offer. From amazing friendly people, deep history and lovely architecture, to varied climates and splendid scenery, and yes delicious food aplenty, Italy is hard to beat. It's also one of the most scooter/motorcycle friendly places in Europe. The language isn't terribly complicated to learn either. Come to Italy, you will not regret it!

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

Without doubt the best place to live in world. Italy has everything, culture, architecture, food, fashion, art and the most beautiful people in the world. The complete opposite of the United Kingdom

A perfect country you live better in Italy than ever!

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14 Denmark 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.

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;-)

Denmark is known to be the best for living country, what we are doing behind Italy?

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15 Portugal Portugal Portugal, officially the Portuguese Republic, is a country on the Iberian Peninsula, in Southwestern Europe.

Beautiful and varied climate, nice people (very respectful and honest with their feelings), great food, peaceful, very little racism, no terrorism, vendors are very honest and don't rip off tourists even when given ample opportunity (I would deliberately try to overpay by pretending not to be familiar with the currency, and they'd always correct me and give me the correct change.), Responsible for Ronaldo, Nani, Nelly Furtado, Jose Mourinho, Tom Hanks, etc... Great wines and very inexpensive. The people are humble - they don't know how great their country is and always down play it. Consequently, most people have no idea what Portugal has contributed to the rest of the world because Portuguese people are not show-offs. Unlike the Italians whom have the habit of taking credit for other cultures' ideas and inventions. Uggghh.

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

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.

The best health care in Europe the people are honest caring and very little pollution.vgreat beach.

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16 Scotland Scotland Scotland 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!

Scotland 21st? How is that possible? It's one of the most beautiful countries I've ever been to. Also the home of golf, and whiskey!

Easily the best country in the world. We get a bad rep for being drunkards, sectarian and unfriendly but just spend a day in Glasgow and you'll see that our people are that of such a welcoming nature.
To be fair we don't mind a drink

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17 Ireland Ireland Formed 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!?

I've been going to Ireland since a young boy from England. I'm now an old man, that has never lost love for the beauty of the land and its people.
I've travelled to many a place in the world and seen good in all, but nothing to beat Éire. It is number 1

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18 England England

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

Pretty nice country itself

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19 Iceland Iceland Iceland, 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.

Peaceful

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

I wouldn't mind waking up to sunny weather and pretty landscapes every day rather that the moodiness and rain of my country..

Greece is a magnificent country. Despite the crisis, greeks know how to have fun. In Greece the sun is always shining. It has beautiful beaches and spectacular landscapes to see. Greece's seas are very safe due to the absence of sharks and other dangerous species. The costs of living in Greece are really down compared with most European countries. I've lived in Greece forever and I wouldn't change her for anything

Best country in the world with the best beaches and the most delicious foods... !

I'm from Greece and I know it is just AWESOME! Just suggest that Greece is only for people that are NOT vegans or vegetarians because they will have a pretty hard time finding something on the menu.

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