Best Countries in the World

The Top Ten

1 United States 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.

This country has serious issues. A too large and corrupt government, too powerful corporatism, fake politicians, horribly fragile economy, corrupt justice system, crappy education system, clowns in office for the past 25 years, etc. I could literally go on forever about how screwed we the people are. But despite all of that, I still put USA at the top because of where we came from. We had wonderful founding fathers who hate tyranny and love liberty, yet they are demonized today. These great men forged the greatest piece of writing ever created in this country called The Constitution of the United States of America. This is what makes the USA great. This is why we have had such glorious freedom for so long now. This Constitution has outdone every other constitution in existence and its principles can even help us in the mess we are in today. But our leaders are violating it every day without a care and without punishment. But I digress. This country is my pick for number one because it ...more

We did not have wonderful founding fathers! We killed thousands of Native Americans, stole their land and put their heads on sticks

People might say there's freedom across the West and they're right but nowhere near to the same extent as in the US. It is definitely exceptional. People have opportunity that is not realised in other countries. And a big reason for that is the government minding their own business and refraining from regulation. Other reasons are because of the huge market but its also down to the culture too. America has a business and opportunity oriented culture. Americans are encouraged to try hard and succeed. As a citizen from Ireland, I cannot say we have the same culture. We are often very critical of those who are successful and we often bring each other down instead of lifting each other up.

While the US isn't a perfect country, it is a definite fact it is the best country. People talk about all the messed up stuff America has done, which is valid. Yet, every other country has that in their past too. Wait, we're not supposed to live in the past? Then how about now during which we're constantly fighting to equality among our people. We were some of the first to start doing integration, the first to start up women's rights, and above all have liberated tens of countries under a bad dictatorship. America all the way.

I love my country. Screw the complaints people have about little subtle things that happen here. If you move out of America, your gonna have different problems. There is so much freedom, and because we are such a diverse country, you can find just about any culture here. You should visit at least one time in your life.

Maybe if your a straight white Christian man. If not it will be difficult. Treated like garbage by the feds, not to mention ICE. I would rather live in Finland or Cuba or somewhere...

2 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.

Nothing would be how it is now if it wasn't for the UK. Yes I may live in London but I love it, its beautiful, the food is amazing you make friends everywhere you go cause the people there are really nice, there is so much to see, it makes you feel part of a community,it invented the telephone though America takes credit for the 'I phone' it the most diverse place in the world and I can go on forever. But all you need to know is that the UK is one of the best places in the world. So stop hating and be grateful its there.

It has good times and bad times. But those good times, be they for days or years, are better than any other country's. It has problems, yet what makes it so good is what it can do.

In places such as the USA, you can't cheer for the free healthcare system during the times of coronavirus.

It is made up of not just one nation, but many different nations with different holidays and cultures that make it a diverse environment

And we are a democracy

It is also the only nation in the to 5 for numbers of Olympic medals won that remains in the top 5 after being adjusted for population

I'm British, And Yes, I Love My Own Country. Well, I Live In London, But, My Grandparents Are All Canadian. So, That Means I'm Half British, Half Canada. There Are Many Reasons I Stayed At London And Not Going To Canada: Canada Is Far Away. ( Yes, I Think So.. ), I Like British Cultures. I Like My House ( A Big House, With 3 Floors, My Canadian House Is An Apartment, I Don't Like ) Harry Potter! I Think So. There Are Almost NO Harry Potter Books In My Canadian House. And, My Grandparents Wouldn't Let Me Read Harry Potter Books Just Because They Want Me To Join In Canada Cultures. Other Than That, I Like Pancakes, Which Are In Canada, But I Prefer British Food Though. Sometimes, I Like Canada: Maple Syrup, But Just Maple Syrup. And Also, I Get Many New Toys In My Grandparent's House. Which I Think It’s Superb. XD, That’s Some Of My Ideas. - FrostedAntler630

I have to say the UK for the most reasons:
1) it is more then ONE nation/nationality as its fall name is The United Kingdom of Great Britain and North Ireland, britain=Scotland, wale and England with a bit of Ireland by choice and you can pick what nationality you want English, Scottish, Welsh, Irish, British, European or UK even a British (name other original country you came form or have roots to E.G. A British Japanese or a 5th generation British Chinese)
2) the overseas Territory E. G Falklands and Gibraltar, they have connections with britain as they are it the political UK self-ruling governments of UK and shears the same queen.
3)its connections to other nations, if you have not noticed the top 5 on this list has similarity with each other included THEY WERE ALL PART OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE E.G. uK was seen as their mother/father country, their country's was founded by citizens of the UK and some even now comment it was/is still the mother land of India, Canada, ...more

3 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.

I moved from Canada to the USA about 5 years ago and I miss this country so much. People were so nice, so open, and there were lots more fundraisers in schools. I find that there were more stuff to do for everyone of every age, whereas here in the US there's really only stuff for younger kids and older adults, not really teenagers and early adults. I miss the friendliness, the activities, the super amazing restaurants, the smaller yet closer neighborhoods, the housing, hell I even miss the flag. The only things I don't miss are the size of the campus' for highschools and colleges, and the smallish malls found in multiple places.

Canada may not have the largest population, nor the biggest army, and may not have the biggest economy. But what this Great North strong and free has is good people, good economy, amazing natural areas, and diverse culture. In Canada any man, woman, or child who immigrates may get dual citizenship allowing them to further express themselves in the our Great cultural mosaic. Better to be a vibrant individual of Canada, than be another bit of grey slop in the American melting pot. The Canadians conquered Vimy Ridge when no other could, we fought for the allies in WWII. Also, if American is "so good" then why do they always use Canadian cities to represent American cities in their "good" films? Also the Canadian Political system is superior to the American for the reason that if the Prime Minister says there is something that should be done, it is then done! None of the pointless banter between a congress and a president. Should be leaving the U.S. in the dust, along with it's overt ...more

Canada is one of the happiest and most united place in the world. USA is like a hundred frogs drowning in a flushing toilet filled with eggnog and blood

This year I studied in Australia for 6 months, visited New Zealand for a month, spent two months in South East Asia and I spent another month divided between France, England, the Netherlands and Italy. Although I loved each country for its unique qualities, none of them compared to Canada, where I was born and raised. We have a vast array of landscapes, residents from every country in the world, year round festivals and fun activities to do. Also, if you like sports, we have the best of both worlds with outdoor activities in the summer and hockey, skiing and snowboarding in the winter! Although excessive pride may be a very dangerous thing, I very much love being Canadian

4 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.

The Japanese make me look pathetic...

Ever wonder why there are no Asians on this site? They all actually have good things to do with their lives. While we're fighting over Beyonce and Madonna, they are learning combat skills and painting flowers or some. They are training to be ninjas, and one day they are going to attack America while we're all on our lazy fat asses typing on the computer. We won't even notice, because our faces will be so involved with our bags and boxes and more bags of chips. Mmm... Chips... Anyways, when they attack us, we will die immediately because they are always so skilled at random. They'll throw paper fans like ninja stars and kill us all. When we die, some tiny Asian will drag our bodies out with his immaculate Asian super-strength. Then some Asian will bury us. But he will bury us with outstanding talent. Because he's Asian. And that's why I am never going to smoke apples ever again.

Japan is lovely.

People are nice, clean, polite, modest, gentle, soft-spoken, civilized, orderly, punctual, intelligent, hard-working, cultured, clever, smart, and pleasant. Although the downsides of the Japanese people are being xenophobic, not very talkative, not open with their own thoughts or feelings, uptight, cold, and easily get depressed when things don't go well.

Japanese products are reliable, high quality, well-made, easy to maintain, good looking, and last for long time.

Japanese culture is lovely, serene, soothing, polite, and breath-taking.

Japanese cities are clean, orderly, comfortable, safe, and fun.

Japanese technology is mind-blowing, advanced, well-engineered, well-made, well-maintained, and reliable.

Japanese fashion is cool and cute without looking ridiculous (unlike Korean fashion).

Love Japan and Japanese people. Everyone is very polite and well mannered. I understand that many Asian countries dislike Japan for their past actions but Japan is growing and advancing. Although they haven't made a public apology, the people of Japan today feel very bad for what their ancestors did. Young people in Japan love and accept diverse cultures and ideas. Japanese are not as close minded as people think. They respect their own customs but they are fascinated by other countries. Some Japanese are quiet on the outside but have their own opinions inside but I think it's better that they are kind instead of saying bad things to/about people directly.

They have absolutely great technology. They have many of the world's leading companies like Sony, Panasonic, Nintendo etc., and there are some beautiful mountains and natural sites. Mount Fuji. And also the beautiful and mysterious temples, castles etc. The Tokyo skyline now is amazing, with its new Tokyo Sky Tree making it even better.
The people of Japan are the kindest, and everyone is very punctual - this is reflected in how Japanese trains are hardly ever late. The cities are really clean too. They have got great T.V. dramas and variety shows. The boybands like Smap, Tokio and Arashi are amazing too.

Actually Japan may have all of that but is not worth it because of all the earthquakes that cause tsunami's so your putting your own life at risks

5 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.

Most people are just voting for the country they live in, but I actually live in the US, not Australia, but I'm not voting for the US because, you have to admit, it has some bad issues (in my opinion). I think Australia is a good country with a good economy and health. Sure, it might not be no.1 in every factor, but it is probably in at least the top 20 in everything. (except for top ten worst countries haha). Melbourne has actually been awarded the most livable city in the world, and that doesn't surprise me. I have only been to Australia once, but I have to admit, it was a pretty damn good country. It has good tourist attractions and it is pretty clean! (compared to other countries) I think it is pretty cool that Australia is no.5 considering the fact that barely anyone lives there compared to the rest of the world (going by the fact that everyone is most likely voting for their country) A lot of people say the US and the UK is better than AUS because they have more people but I ...more

I do like Australia, but I wish they could use more of their land. They have so much land yet they can't use it because it's a desert in the Outback!

"Considering barely anyone lives there"? Hello! I don't think you went to many places when you were in Australia. Seriously, I LOVE the fact that Australia is not densely populated and long may it remain that way. I don't agree with Melbourne being named the world's most liveable city. It's the city where the weather can change 4 times a day. I prefer a more stable climate that exists in most of the other of the other Australian capital cities. Yes, like most countries, Australia has its ups and downs, but ups more often than downs.

1) Most powerful ABoriginal/Arab country in the world.
2) Best immigration system in the world.
3) borders are literally tighter than fort knox.
4) HALF of Southeast Asia is terrified of them, and being Abbo/Arab, they're technically MIDDLE EASTERN!
5) Most powerful military in Southeast Asia and ME.
6) HUMAT AD DIYAR is best anthem in the region!
7) For what they lack in human rights (they literally have none), they make up for with security and low crime rates...this is one of the safest countries I have ever seen (aside from the war since 2018, but the government is only torching West Australia so far).
8) COMMUNISM!

Australia would have to be a serious contender for the Best Country in the world - to live. It is the worlds largest Island, has enormous natural wealth (93% of what the world requires to survive can be found in Australia). Has a population of only 22 million in a country the size of main land US (excluding Alaska) surrounded by some of the very best pristine beaches on the planet. One of the only countries in the world that didn't enter into a recession during the GFC. Has a very small national debt which will be in the black with in 2 years. The most diverse melting pot of different nationalities on the planet (more than the US) and it's beautiful from the tropical heat in the North to the icy snow down south, Australia has it all. I've lived in Europe, the US, Hong Kong and Singapore, traveled the world extensively and easily chose Australia to live permanently. 'It was a very easy choice.

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.

Why France is one of the most beautiful country:

Lots of different landscapes, architectures, more than 36 000 villages and cities, lots of different cultures etc...

Among the most beautiful beaches in the world, because of many Islands and territories like:

- Part of Amazonia (French Guyanne),

- French Polynesia with about 120 among the most beautiful Islands (Pacific Ocean), - French Caribbean with various known islands (Atlantic Ocean),

- Reunion, Mayotte are splendid islands (Indian Ocean) etc..

Etc..

And France (metropole) surrounded by North Sea, Atlantic Sea and Mediterranean.

That makes France one of the rare countries flanked by 4 oceans (Antarctic included).

Due to its numerous Overseas departments and territories scattered on all oceans of the planet, France possesses the second-largest exclusive economic zone in the world,

Covering 11 035 000 km2 just behind USA.

It belongs also in France the 2nd ...more

I am also Algerian and Muslim and I do not share the same opinion as someones here. I am living in France and I feel good, it is not perfect but is there a perfect country? And if we compare with some other European or not countries like Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Italy, Hungary, Australia and lots more, France is a nice country. Right that some are xenophobic, but everywhere it is the same and really worth in countries I have just said. My brother has a goof business here in France, I work for him and our best clients are French, they like our food and we have never had bad remarks. We tried to open a restaurant in Italy we have been insulted. Right colonies were bad, but I do preferred having been colonized by French than by an other country. And French now are far from thinking like before, I am not sure for those other countries. I am sure you do not hit the right target. Anyway you we are friends, but we should be also with French people, believe me.

Of course France is famously known for its gastronomy, but that is just the visible part of the iceberg. With more than 84 millions of tourists in 2015 is the most visited country in the world with USA and Spain. And it is also ranked number 6 in terms of GDP. Is in the top 5 or healthcare and the top 1 in Europe for its number of diverse cultures and origins. Counting everything will take ages, but right now we can confirm it as in the top 5. Just see how many people here try to destroy the image of France, you never try to destroy a bad country only a good one like the famous ones here too.

Hey Kiddo, everybody know that India is more populated than France, but you have also to consider the access of internet 99% in France, how much in India? This ranking is based on number of votes, what's about Australia (nice country, if there is one), 23 million of inhabitants and ranked 5, how many votes for that, even above India (with it's so numerous daily votes..). And by the way France its 67 million, it's enough 15 a day without any proxy, and don't forget French is spoken in numerous countries.

Anyway kiddo, it's not a good reason to insult French and France everywhere trough this site. I'm not French but I'm supporting this country for many reasons, the first because France offers me my chance. Personally, I vote for it, each time this site allows me to do it.

So I repeat no needs of passing via a proxy and France should be higher anyway, even I do believe there is no a Best Country.

7 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 feel bad for Germany. Germany want to conquer Poland. German Empire is evil. But Germany becomes friendly. I don't want Germany to conquer Poland and Poland to conquer Germany. This will make WW3

With Germany facing the migration crisis and having its reputation both improved and tarnished, and also with things like the Volkswagen scandal, I have some words of comfort for the Germans.

First of all, let me be holistic. In the Western World, we have a culture of trying out new things. We do apply logic and we do think before we act, but we don't let that stop us because we accept failure much more than places like East Asia. In East Asia, they have a saving face mentality and failure is a lot less accepted. Therefore, a lot of things they want to do, they end up not doing because they fear the risk of failure (which is present in everything we do, so what excuse do they have for doing the things they have already done? )

Now let's zoom in on Europe's open borders. This is something that many other parts of the world haven't been very strong with. First of all, I would agree that by opening up their borders to third world countries, a lot of problems associated with ...more

Immigration is an issue that basically concern Germany, considering that these people want to reach that country. Italy has been left alone managing this immense problem, all the other European countries have turned their backs on us. If everyone had worked to stem these migratory flows, and if German politicians had not implemented nefarious reception choices, now we had less problems. Your indifference and selfishness are the expression of a political short-sightedness. Beware: if come to power a populist coalition in Italy, we will never be the buffer state of Europe, and your troubles will become unmanageable. If it's your own fault, cry to yourself.

A nation of domineering, cruel, arrogant, humourless, megalomaniac bullies. This is a nation whose deranged leader once tried to exterminate entire races of people from the face of the earth. The ordinary German demonstrated that they were capable of being easily persuaded into committing the most unspeakable atrocities as they murdered their way across Europe in 1940-1943. They carefully engineered two highly industrialised pointless world wars in the space of 30 years that led to the deaths of millions of people. The Germans tried - and failed - to subjugate Europe through murderous force. Modern Germany is trying to subjugate Europe through political means.

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

"Australia is actually much better than New Zealand. First off all, Australia has a variety of different languages spoken across the country (While New Zealand only has 3: Maori, Sign language and English) Second of all, the people in Australia are much nicer and will treat you in a friendly manner while the employees in NZ will scream "KIA ORA" at the top of their lungs (Not a nice way to greet someone if you ask me)
I think I've said enough"

Step 1: Mention how Australia is a Stalinist Absolute Monarchy that has no De JURE freedom (De facto, there is some freedom or Wolfychu wouldn't even have a career right now).

Step 2: Mention how New Zealand, while de jure a totalitarian military dictatorship with a governor general, has a lot more freedom than Australia and is a lot more friendly to foreigners.

Step 3: Trigger Massive Arab Butthurt.

The formula never fails.

I'm an Aussie, and I have to say. You guys have no borders while it's impossible to get in OR OUT of Australia. You invented nothing while we invented WIFI. You're too individualist while we focused on maintaining a collectivist and cohesive society for generations. You think living under democracy is better than living under a dictator that actually cares about you. Well guess what, I live under Austtralia's Governor General, and long story short, I don't think I want the military Dictatorship to go! The only advantage you have uover us is that the NZ Dollar is worth more than the Australian Rial, but other than that...you also got street shankings (never happen in Australia except if its as foreigner), Terrorism (only terrorism in AUstralia is the nato-backed "pro Democracy Rebels"), and most of your country isn't evne native (we kept our native identity for centuries, even throughout the many conquests that happened over the last millenia alone).

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Which would you choose?

A totalitarian stalinist military dictatorship that has a Governor General who cares about hsi people while also being flashy and over the top (Australia)?

Or a democratic country that has little by little, dispite having down to earth politicians who don't wear fancy uniforms (unlike all Australian Governor Generals who wear some of the flashiest stuff you have ever seen (General Hurley being no exception)), still let the country fall and go to waste?

We have our problems to fix but we do have things a lot better than the rest of the world it seems. Our govt is never perfect but we do manage to use our location and nature to our advantage.

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

High living standards, rich, superpower in the 1600s, good at hockey, abba, avicii, meatballs, ikea, spotify, equal, pewdiepie, beautiful nature and the most good looking people. The only bad is our government but that will change in 2022 :)

Sweden has high standards, is very safe, clean, taxes are high in order to provide people health care and school for free. People are well educated and polite. It's easy to live in Sweden. Swedes are generally no racists and they welcome a big amount of immigrants. Most of them are really thankful to come from war to such a peaceful country. It's not paradise on earth, some people would find it a bit stiff maybe, and people are not usually very outgoing, but it's probably the number one best country to live in. My mother is Swedish so I have visited the country many times. My favorite part is Dalecarlia, with strong cultural heritage, great nature and beautiful folklorist art.

Sweden deserves to be in the top 5 of the best countries of this planet Earth. Firstly because we are the kindest people, secondly because the Sweden people are the most beautiful, our blond hair women are recognized to be the most beautiful women of the whole world, please have a look on the appropriate lists on this website. Thirdly our country is so beautiful with its numerous fantastic lakes, islands, sea costs, forests and the winter sport you can enjoy with lot of fun in so relax atmosphere. Our country is the cleanest, we take care about our environment, take care about our people our healthcare system one of the best and our food are just exceptional.
Please do not hesitate to come and visit us,you are all welcome and also for working, the Sweden unemployment rate is one of the lowest in Europe.

I'm not Swedish - but being a brown Asian man, I have found the Swedes to be the most generous, warm and loving people. I'm sure there are exceptions, but in my opinion, they have a quaint, calm nature. Enjoyed talking to them on the streets and cafes. I love the beautiful nature they are blessed with - the design thinking their young talent display to come up with the most sophisticated, socially forward civil development ideas. I wish to live there someday.

10 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.

Switzerland is greater than anything else you can imagine! Although I love 43 countries, Switzerland is the most favorite of all! Check out the most famous customs: you'll always see an alphorn band throughout the day. The swiss cuisine is always clean and tasty. Geneva is a great shopping place. You can shop for watches, clothes, chocolate etc... You must live there! Just visit it in the summer and see the great wonders and destinations. You'll feel happily deeply inside!

Woah woah! I love Switzerland. But watch that last sentence. Keep it in context.

In terms of who I this is best at being a country, I have to say Switzerland. This is funny because it isn't in my top ten countries I'd like to visit.

Switzerland is better than any country in the world. It's clean, beautiful, and has nice people. It may be small but it should be number one. India is very dirty and should not be number one. You can really enjoy nature in Switzerland. One more thing is if you love shopping, most large Swiss cities have a section in the city dedicated to shops so you can enjoy your favorite stores right in the heart of the cities!

I would love to have a citizenship in Switzerland! One of the most wealthy prosperous countries in the world. Great democracy, and many freedoms. They have avoided this PC crap that the rest of western culture is decaying from, and held strong against our current self-flagellating culture!

The Contenders

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

Fantastic art and design, a beautiful language. Amazing women, and the people are incredibly at home and sociable. It's easy to just be yourself, and as this goes for everyone, people can come across as rude or happy to an unsuspecting yet well traveled visitor, but it beats the false attitudes of the silly rigid social structures in other countries. It feels great to just be, and Italians do this all whilst holding a smooth amount of class.
The food is the best, and it is incredibly diverse. They have serious problems with economy, and my inability to get a job there has prevented me to move there. I can't wait to get a better future.

These are all opinions, and there is no such thing as the best country.

The culture, food, people, history, and scenery is unmatched in the world. There is not a better country. I have lived in all parts of Italy across a year and each part was it's own world. I don't care about the constitution or bs "rights" the United States has. Italy is no different in that regard. However, it is lightyears ahead of the U.S. in livability and life happiness.

Horrible art and design, a dreadful language.

Ugly women, and the people are so lazy at home and so lurid. It's easy to just be yourself, and as this goes for everyone, people are very rude, they never help the visitor, they have always the false attitudes, they dislike anyone is not like us, anyone who does not eat like us, anyone who does not speak like us.

They have this silly rigid behavior in a chaotic environment.

Italians have no class, no charm, just redneck.

The food is far to be the best, and it is incredibly not diverse. Italy has serious problems with economy, and working with Italians is just impossible as they are so arrogant, derogatory. I can't wait much time, I have to leave from this terrible country.

If you want to be stolen and not by foreign immigrants, no by aboriginal, go there.

They drive like crazy, they never say hello, the cities are old and dirty, It smells sewers everywhere. Impossible to find a restaurant which is not Italian.

Hotels are really low quality and extremely expensive.

Be careful with policemen, they do not like foreigners, they arrest you and make mess.

Nobody in this country speaks something else than Italian.

It's a very old and boring country.

And for the beaches they are all private or full of rubbishes.

And for visiting only ruins, when it's possible to visit because of continuous strikes.

Escape to Switzerland, Austria or France, it's close and really more funny.

12 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.

All the Nordic countries are in the top 30. Wonderful. They are all ranked within the top 10 of most happiest countries in the world, not to mention fantastic scenery and known to stay away from wars and to not cause them as well. I voted for Norway because it is probably my favorite of the Nordic countries, but this comment praises all of them. May peace forever reign over the Nordic countries.

Norway IS the best nation in the world, no doubt. It is the best place in the world to live, the second happiest country on the planet, there are basically no class differences and the nature is so beautiful and well preserved there is no competitor. It has more lakes than Finland, aka the land of the lakes. And it is one of the most democratic countries on our planet. The human rights aren't represented better anywhere than in Norway. It is a country that also sits on the top of multiple sports rankings, despite a population of only 5 million. No doubt, there is not a country that is better than Norway on our planet.

I had been there for about a year. I am so fascinated to its beauty. A truly European country. It is so peaceful country having gentle, hardworking and kind-hearted people. Moreover, the best thing of Norway is - it's a well organized and developed country. The people are simply awesome, they do not hinder others but respect co-existence. The dark woods, small hills, lakes and the snow... What does it not have? --- Everything.

The best country live in, without doubt. I'm not even Norwegian, but this IS the country in the world where the human rights are best represented. Too bad they have that ugly woman as prime minister:/ And by the way, they have so much oil and money! Why don't they use it a little bit? Heard that Swedish schools have warm lunch in their cantina, does Norwegian kids have to bring their own, frozen food to eat for lunch?

13 Russia Russia, known as the "Russian Federation", was formed on Dec 25, 1991. It is located mainly in Asia. The capital and largest city is Moscow, followed by Saint Petersburg in terms of population. The country primarily speaks Russian, a Slavic language.

Russia is the most misunderstood country in this world, people love to ruin Russia with memes and racism, yet they don't go to the actual country themselves. Ovechkin was born here, this place is the biggest country, their language is great, and here's the truth, I was actually born here!

I have a friend in Russia he told me a lot about Russia and after he told me I tried to find what he had told me on my computer and I couldn't find any of it on my computer. He told me that it's better than America because in Russia you don't have people fighting against your freedom, your independence, your rights and he told me about a man in Russia whose house was broken into the man told his family to hide in the closet of the master bedroom my friend told me that the man was driving home when he gets to the driveway he sees the front door window is broken when he's running to the master bedroom he hears someone trying to break the closet door down he gets to the master bedroom and he sees a man trying to break the closet door down the man my friend told me about pulled his handgun and shot the man that had a axe the man that shot the man who had a axe didn't go to prison because he was protecting his family my friend told me that in Russia you don't go to prison for protecting ...more

Russia is the best Country. It has the most beautiful landscapes, a wonderful language which can express anything, a great history and especially the most wonderful People: they know justice, liberty, are strong but caring. They are just being raised like that and this is right. There surely are People who are addicted to Money and might but even they become pure and truthful when it's needed. Russia is the Country of fairy-tales and fables. In Russia live about 185 ethnic Groups together in peace. Russian Humor is so specific but still the funniest I could ever find: it is somehow dark, racist and extreme, but still kept adequate and even a bit conservative. This Country of Course does not have much Money, but I think that other nations should take it as a good role model because of ist natural kindness.

I agree with you on 75% percent, but personally I would like to know. How is Russia connected with your life, or in the biography of the country in which you live?

Russia was once one of the greatest empires in the world. But now is a shell of itself. It's current leader is trying to regain its glory much to the fear of its neighbors and Europe. It constantly interferes in the affairs of other countries. It's economy is in tatters and backward and is going nowhere. A couple of friends of mine left there because things are going back to the old Soviet style. But that's what ordinary Russians want. They would rather give up their liberties and starve to just regain their glory and imperial nationalism.

14 India India, officially the Republic of India, is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by area, the second-most populous country (with over 1.2 billion people), and the most populous democracy in the world. Its capital is New Delhi. Some other major cities are Mumbai, Chennai, and Ahemdabad. ...read more.

I love my country very much because there are different languages, peoples unity so like my country very much

Yes, India is the most pluralistic country in the world whether it is religious or linguistic. India has public holidays for all religious festivals. NO OTHER COUNTRY has holidays for minority religions, period. And the government doesn't control lives of its citizens like many "developed" countries do.

We have many non-India comments here. Let others shout... Scream... Scold... No matter what! India's on the top!

INDIA is the best COUNTRY in the world because it is very beautiful, it is the most powerful country, INDIA have largest armed force, it is the big economical power. Jaiho

I wonder what job I would get if I relocate in India. You sure that I will get protected like in the United States?

India-the country of culture, heritage and values. It has inspired millions of poets and artists here are he words of a few

Will Durant, American historian: "India was the motherland of our race, and Sanskrit the mother of Europe's languages: she was the mother of our philosophy; mother, through the Arabs, of much of our mathematics; mother, through the Buddha, of the ideals embodied in Christianity; mother, through the village community, of self-government and democracy. Mother India is in many ways the mother of us all".

Mark Twain, American author: "India is, the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great grand mother of tradition. Our most valuable and most instructive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only. "

Albert Einstein, American scientist: "We owe a lot to the Indians, who taught us how to count, without which no worthwhile ...more

15 China China, officially the People's Republic of China, is a sovereign state in East Asia. It is the world's most populous state, with a population of over 1.388 billion. It was established in 1949 by Chairman Mao, the president of the communist party. Its capital is Beijing. The major cities are Shanghai, ...read more.

China has a great Communist Party and everything. In 2000 BC the compass is already invented, and also the paper is invented in China, and almost everything is made in China, and I don't know why almost all the countries above are Western, and China should be in the Top 10, it's economic will be the best in the future.
It has great sceneries and it has a big number of factories.
I think it is the greatest country, but not the best ^^

Chinese people are hard working, adventurous, organised, smart, family oriented, enterprising, diverse and accepting of other cultures. When they migrate to other countries, they work hard and are law abiding. They try their best to integrate and assimilate. They can be like the ants and bees of the human world. Their people toiling away, unrelenting and focused.

However, they face many discriminations especially in Western societies where the westerners feel very threatened by their diligence. Just see how many hundreds of derogatory terms they give to Chinese to try to put them down. China was once too proud of being a great civilisation, they slept for 300 years while the other countries progressed and conquered the lands around them. Only those who learn the lesson of humility, can be great leaders. The harsh reality is the winners of this world aren't the meek and hardworking people, it is usually the aggressive, greedy and violent nations who go around the world ...more

This is the greatest country in the world. Its economy is boosting and is almost passing America. This is also country who loves peace. Should be on the top of the list.

I'm Chinese. After seeing so many haters in this world, I realized how nice the people in China are. Yes, they seemed cold and indifferent, they don't like to smile. But they are actually warmhearted and helpful, they are not good at expressing true emotions. They don't pretend to be polite, but if they say "thank you", it means they are really grateful and 100% moved by your help.

And I really missed the food in China. I feel so lucky to be born in such an amazing country with unbelievable numbers of yummy dishes. If you are a honest fan of delicious food, you must come to China. Forget those American-Chinese fast food, they sucks.

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

Calm and peaceful. Great scenery with beutiful nature with glaciers, ocean, volcanoes. Nice people with strong men and cute and charming girls. Good government and good standards of living.

This is an epic country and it should be nr. 1 on this list. It has one of the happyest peoeple in the world, low electricity bills and clean water. Beautiful landscape and cities/towns. I live here and the only thing I'm not happy about is the current governemnt that needs to be murdered. I love all other countries but I think that Iceland has some priviliges that other countries don't have. IGN 10/9.9 approved.

Iceland is an incredibly peacefully nation, with very pretty scenery. Also, I love their language. I must give them credit. Also, they fought corruption in their government and banks, unlike most of the Western world. I say this as an American.

Iceland - Good food, good people, good safety. Bad for murderers since you will be too sad to kill anyone once you meet the people.

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

Ireland should be 1! Coolest accents ever! The people who hate are only jealous cause they wish they were Irish! There's so much culture! Brilliant nightclubs and pubs! They know how to have a night out! And england is horrible they think they know everything! They make complete asses of themselves! They think they own the north of Ireland but they never will! They have to get it through there thick heads the Irish are the best and nicest people! But when you mess with them or any one they care about they can take you out with the click of a finger! They can throw a punch! And can handle their drink! Don't try and outdo them!

Very great country. Ireland is packed with richness and history it made very many myths that people use today such as the leprechaun. It is a country where you can go walk on the streets at midnight and not even get mugged.
Though the only place I would look at for is Dublin. Very great city though. It's very peaceful and nice. You can start of your day by. Getting breakfast a t a nearby diner then walk around and maybe go to a nearby neighborly farmers house. But America is definitely the best

Ireland is actually one of the safest places you can possibly live, when you think about it! Unless you go to the zoo, it's extremely rare, even impossible that you will encounter a harmful species. Also the crime rate is very low. The majority of Irish are welcoming to people from different countries that come to Ireland and don't discriminate. In addition to this, Irish have the nicest accents ever, of course.

Irish inhabitants in general are extremely hospitable and have a delightful sense of humor. The green (hence Emerald Isle) landscape and geography of Ireland is utterly breathtaking and beautiful. I was instantaneously captivated by the incessant friendliness and high spirited nature of the locals. The accents are incredibly awesome and are pleasant to the ear as well.

18 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 really is one of the best countries in the world. Denmark is one of the freest and happiest countries. Number two in the most democratic countries. Almost no corruption. Universal healthcare and education. In fact, when you are over 18 you receive money from the state, for going to school and getting an education. Denmark, along with Norway and Sweden are the countries that spend the most money in terms of GDP on helping poor countries. Denmark is very peaceful. There is almost no crime. And it is the best at creating clean energy and helping the environment.

Good country for women can work home and not everyone have to work like horses :) Very good eckonomiks and I think many good people as well becose allways sausege

I come from Denmark but Denmark hasn't been in war in a long time and they have wonderful stories and they love going on a bike ride and Denmark has an beautiful capital city, they also made Lego and Denmark has a good government, Denmark is not to hot and not to cold every single Dane has good education, Denmark also help people come to Denmark if their country is in war, Denmark is very clean no bad air.

Couldn't agree more with him.
- All of this is true. All people, who is under an education is Denmark is also State education granted, so if you're from the States and you're under an education you can search for education grant, and will most likely get it.

I could go on for hours, Denmark is an amazing country!

19 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.

Simply the best country you can imagine. Its got everything from warm to cold places, beaches and mountains, rich culture and great food, amazing castles and cathedrals, very nice people, etc.
I love this country it is very culturaly rich because its had greek, roman, Muslim, Jewish, celtic, visigothic influence and much more. This country also has so much history that I can't fit it all in this post so you are going to have to look it up. Each part of this great country is so different yet equally beautiful. Spain is also one of the leading countries in sports. It is the second country with the most turism. This place is like no other and should at least be in the top five.

Spain is second in our ranking. The south of the country to this day bears the heritage of the Islamic empire brought by the invading Moors in the 8th century and the Christian forces that drove the Moors back into North Africa in the 16th century. No better example exists that the medieval Islamic mosque that was converted into a Roman Catholic cathedral in the Andalusian city of Cordoba

For a relatively small country their contribution to the world is amazing. Spanish is the second most spoken language on earth (behind only Mandarin). Spanish cuisine, culture and religion is the foundation of many of the other nations of the world. Spanish/Hispanic culture is rapidly spreading through the United States which is now a bilingual country. A new Spanish/Hispanic era is Dawning.

Spain is a marginal country, with very little contribution in terms of economy, politics, culture, technology and industry. It's currently supported by the EU contributions. Nevertheless, the unemployment rate reach an astonishing 25%, and essentially remains an underdeveloped country. On the other hand, it's one of the world largest exporters of envy.

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

There's many problems in Brazil, but, believes me, there you can find the best people in the world! No one is warmer, lovely and joyful than Brazilians! I agree that there's a lot of things to improve in that country, but in my opinion everything can change if they work together to make that place better. So, brazilians friend, stop to talk bad things about your home, you complain so much and have no pride to be part of this incredible nation! Come on, the biggest change starts with you guys!

Brazil is unique in the world History. A country that, despite all the theory about different races living together, Brazil succeed in organized a society where white, black, Indians, Europeans live togheter. There are some conflicts, but in general, we mix, we live, we fight for and at the end an unique human beeing is beeing constructed in this area. The Brazilian. Not mention all the different tour possibilities we hold here. Como to know Brazil and get surprised with the possibilities of human nature.

By now Brazil is under a corrupt Govt now but is battling and arresting these guys dearly!
But we have the best beaches, awesome hotels, the most beautiful tropical NATURE and a friendly people, indeed.
THERE are high tech industries in Brazil and a huge elite Rainforest Force that assures you a invasion trial here would be deadly for the intruders.
THERE are many European and Asian people here (Italians, Germanies, Russian, Portuguese, a vibrant cultural LIFE, an architectonic advanced tradition and much Richness to be exploited yet.
What holds Brazil in lower rates in these "top best" evaluation is the fact we are a non-anglo-saxon & independente Country.
Brazil should be in the 7 place till the next development jump.
GOD bless this Country, that is a barn of Christian Missionaries, also.!

One word: Carnaval! It is both loved and hated by many, but the raw, nonjudgmental community, drunken fun, and unbeknownst biggest party in the world just fills the air in a ecstasy only compared by its size... really Brazil is the 5th biggest country in the world with the 5th biggest population... The party is massive! Never felt safer in my life and I live in Israel... Love it!

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

England is a two face country! They some black people not all but they're all against the Muslims & Asians. The English bond together with Jamaicans very well but they don't bond with other origins! If you don't believe me search it up yourself. But saying England is a non-racist place to live Haaah are you joking? Wherever you go every place would have some corruption, England isn't perfect and so is France, Italy, Portugal and Germany. Just cause more foreign people are living in england doesn't mean England is a non-racist country

I really DO NOT UNDERSTAND why ENGLAND are 34! What the hell, England is the best, most known, I'm British, and all my foreign friends SPEAK BRITISH, GO BRITAIN! Why is it so low down I do not understand, I mean I see U.K. close to 10th which is good but then that is Ireland, Wales, Scotland, AND ENGLAND, so no specification! But finally a find England UNFORTUNATELY sitting here in 34! Come on England. It's the real country.

England is not the greatest country in the world. Go to any of its UK partners like Scotland and Wales and the native people there will tell you why. England has a supremacy complex, unlike the rest of the UK, and it expects to win things which it has no right to. It dominates the UK and makes it difficult for other, smaller countries (again like Scotland and Wales) to prosper properly. I'm not an advocate of Scottish or Welsh independence but I do think the union should be reorganised and reformed. Historically, England has also desperately tried to dominate its neighbours, e.g. in the Scottish Wars of Independence.
England has many great things going for it like great cities, amazing landscapes like the Lake District and Cornwall, fascinating heritage and some of the best universities in the world... but the attitude of the people there brings it down unfortunately.

England is diverse, with many museums and cultural interests and a stunning coastline and lush green countryside, for the latter you need rain and we do get some of that! We also have a tremendous sense of humour and are not afraid to laugh at ourselves. How boring to wake up knowing the sun is going to shine every day--I think!

22 South Korea South Korea, officially the Republic of Korea, is a sovereign state in East Asia, constituting the southern part of the Korean Peninsula.

South Korea is a blessed country with beautiful and talented people. The invention of the Hangul (Korean alphabet) show how smart they are. Despite of their tragic past marked by multiple invasions, today they are one of the most developed and richest country in the world. Personally, I was introduced to Korea (less than one years ago) through Korean dramas and pop musics and now I have no regrets. I learned with the time new things about Korea and my love for this country continue to grow. By the way I am from Tahiti! You do not know where it is! Then look how far and big is the influence of Korea; even in the lost islands of the South Pacific we know South Korea! I love Korea!

Korea is a very fake inside and out. They idolize Westerners so much they change their faces, music and country for foreigners. Koreans get plastic surgery to be white, their musicians date white women, and they look down upon China and Japan even though most of their original culture comes from China, as all Asian countries do. I am Asian myself, and have always been able to tell people apart. In Korea, many people truly look the same. 20% of women get cosmetic surgeries, to the point where it is ridiculous. One woman cut her jaw into a triangle.

Korea has made great strides in the last 50 yrs. Japan had invaded and occupied Korea for over 30 yrs until they lost WW2 in 1945. After Japan's unconditional surrender the allies divided up Korea as they divided up Germany and Europe. That is how the country of Korea came to be divided. Then KIM Il Sung, a Korean freedom fighter who had fought the Japanese occupation came to power in the divided North. He, backed by communist Russia and China, attacked South Korea in 1950 in an attempt to unify the now divided Korea. The Korean War is sometimes referred to as The Forgotten War due to the little publicized fact that the US suffered many humiliating defeats and retreats. After the brutal Japanese occupation, the devastating division of a country, and the horrific Korean War, Korea was in shambles. It is truly remarkable how South Korea has become one of the richest, most advanced, and safest countries in the world through hard work and sacrifice. A marvelous testament to its people and ...more

Why the heck is it down here!?

I've only been there for 2 weeks because I live in Canada but I already love that place!

Not to mention it used to be a third world country about 60 years ago, and now it's one of the most educated, and has high technology!

It has so many places to go to, has SUCH good food and the K-Pop is something that I like to most about it. Who gives a crap about the plastic surgery and all that stereotypical crap? I'm proud to be a Korean!

23 Philippines The Philippines was established in March 16, 1521 and named in honor of a Spanish King whose name is King Philip of Spain II. It is located at Asia, specifically at Southeast Asia. The capital is Manila. 89% of the people there currently are native, while 11% of people there are foreigners.

Because of our very versatile geographical features such as white, pristine beaches to immense and tangible, explore-able forests, our country is a very ideological place to visit for amazing sights and sceneries. Unlike most other countries, the Philippines has an immense amount of resources, a lot still untouched by man. And another reason why the Philippines is amazing, is because of our people. The Filipinos are known to be very caring and kind to other people. Even as we are Asian, and the common Asian stereotype that we Asians are stern and uncaring/indifferent, does not go true for Filipinos. We take time to indulge ourselves so that we may either be of service to other people. The sense of family is one of the strongest in the world, if it weren't at the top. Our hospitality is shown in many ways to people who are in need of care, shelter, love, and affection. Another great trait about the Philippines is that our ways lead to a bright economic future. Past corruption is what ...more

I've studied history for the past 30 years and I have no doubt that this country is the best. We have many countries with good stories to share about how they gained their liberty. America gained liberty after the founding fathers made the declaration of independence, France gained freedom after changing their form of government, and China attained a People's Republic after a tragic war, but these stories are different from the Philippines'

Maybe some of you are not aware, but when the Filipinos revolted, they were completely armless. Plus, they were battling against Spain, a country who conquered almost half the world. It was a hopeless fight but the Filipinos did what they do best: They Smiled. They thought positively and won the war because of that.

Well I'm biased and I've voted for this multiple times, and I've just seen that TheTopTens has added this little feature that counts my votes. Anyways, while we may not be the most advanced or safest country in the world, I believe we shine culturally. My comments and several others go into more detail.

I am part filipina and am so glad I left that country. It is everything bad people keep saying in this post. The positive stuff is just false pride of some nationals. The country is dirty, overpopulated and disgusting. The people are lazy, uneducated, dirty, immoral scum and every other bad thing a person can be. They breed too much and can't take care of the children they have. Everyone expects a handout all the time. People try to blame the typhoon but the country was a piece of crap before the typhoon. If the Philippines did not exist, the world would be impacted. The country serves no positive purpose to the world other than perhaps to serve as a trash dump for Canada. The only people who would miss it are nationals and old foreign men who go there to have sex with transgenders and children. When people ask where I'm from, I am ashamed to tell the truth. Instead I just say I'm part Chinese. People say the women are beautiful but most are really not. They say the country is ...more

24 Netherlands

Beautiful cities, great infrastructure, fun/healthy/smart people, logical laws (legalization of drugs, when will the rest of the world ever learn? ), high incomes, overachieving at nearly every sport, there are no poor people as everyone is guaranteed a house and minimal income. No corruption whatsoever. Known for Its great festivals and parties. EVERYONE speaks English, and dutch of course. I can go on for another two pages but I think you got the point here.. The most of these reasons are common throughout the western world and the regions that are proven to be the best places in the world are northern Europe, Canada, Switzerland, Australia/New Zealand. Anyone speaking in favor of an African or Asian country is just a troll, plain ignorant or stupid, or all three. Do some serious research come on Its not that hard.

Seriously? There are many Asian countries with top quality of life. Have you ever seen Singapore, Taiwan, Japan or South Korea? Much better life quality (at least than Canada)

Holland is of course the most beautiful country in the world. I'm not only saying that because I am from Holland, but it is really fantastic. The weather is not really great, but the people here are very friendly, always willing to help somebody, don't judge others on who they are, and always try to solve problems in the most efficient, democatic way (unlike other countries). Besides of that, we have produced big things, like our windmills and our dam that opens and closes, but small things too (like pancakes and the light bulb). So many reasons to love such a little country!

Socially this is the best (liberal) country there is in the world!
Amsterdam and Grooningen are the places to be!
People are freethinkers and are pro-quality of life.
If you think about the inhabitants (16 million) related to the quality of life :: education, sports, wealth and infrastructure in combination with the social freedom this is the top country in the world. They possessed the world and seas in the 17th century (golden age) and they are still today!

There are friendly people, good colleges, many opportunities for all people. It has a beautiful land scape and there isn't much poverty. Also unlike countries such as America there is not as much hatred between political parties.

And on the side of fun stuff, there are many great musicians, there is a lot of watersports and other sports and it is perfect for biking.

And it has super hot girls, much better than in America...

25 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.

I've never been but Finland sounds like a beautiful country. The education system in California in the US sucks, I would love to go to college in Finland. Finland is also actually the happiest country in the world. Living conditions must be great.

best country on earth amazing lakes and the reindeer are so cute. The town of Salla is Amazing. Dog sleds are fun! most amazing place in the world.

The lesser known nordic country, usually in the shadows of the Sweden, despite Finland not being any worse. Most people are humble enough to admit that liking one country only because you live in it is selfish (few exceptions, as always), and will criticise things happening both in and out of the country. Most likely won't be the "best" or second "best" country in the world and will probably be unknown and low on this list because of the low population.

Clean nature with lots of different types of scenery. The midnight sun is amazing during the summer and Lapland is a paradise on earth. Also teached soviet bastards a lesson in 1939 which makes you respect this country even more.

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