Top 10 Best Countries to Live In

The search for the best countries to live in is a personal one, often filled with dreams of a better life, a new adventure, or a chance to start over. It's a question that has captivated the minds of many, each with their own unique definition of what makes a country truly the best.

But what factors truly matter? Is it a country's economic stability, healthcare system, quality of education, natural beauty, cultural richness, or perhaps a combination of all these elements? You may find yourself prioritizing safety and security, or perhaps you're drawn to places with a vibrant arts scene and diverse culinary experiences.

The answer is as varied as the people who seek it. Some yearn for a slower pace of life, while others thrive in bustling metropolises. Some dream of living near pristine beaches, while others seek the solitude of mountains. Regardless of your personal preferences, the journey to find the perfect country to call home is an exciting one.
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 is good because its economy is largely unrelated to war, which keeps taxes low. In Alberta, there's no need to pay PST. You can move freely without requiring government permission, and currently, Canada's economy is the most stable.

In my opinion, Canada is the land of the free. There's little worry about terrorism, such as planes being blown up. Canada doesn't possess any nuclear weapons, so people don't view us as a threat. It's one of the most peaceful places on Earth.

Canada is awesome. The people are really helpful and polite. 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 have mountains, ocean, and vast pine tree forests all together. There are also a lot of parks and pleasant places in the cities.

The cities are clean and 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 this because I live in Brazil, but in Canada, even big cities such as Vancouver have none 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 will definitely return. You won't regret visiting Canada.

2 Australia Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a sovereign country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands. With an area of 7,617,930 square kilometres (2,941,300 sq mi), Australia is the largest country by area in Oceania and... read more

Australia is a wonderful country, highly developed and characterized by a strong Human Development Index. The nation excels financially and is incredibly multicultural, allowing you to meet people from around the world. Citizens are friendly, and freedom is abundant.

Melbourne, Australia's best city, has been ranked as the most liveable city in the world. The diverse climate further enhances Australia's uniqueness. You can enjoy a tropical climate in the north, a desert climate in the west, and a subtropical climate in the southeast.

3 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

That stereotype is 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.

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.

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

It borders Norway to the west and Finland to the east, and is connected to Denmark in the southwest by a bridge-tunnel across the Öresund. At 450,295 square kilometers (173,860 sq mi), Sweden is the third-largest... read more

It's the best country I have lived in. I've lived in the USA, which was not great, and I've been in Japan, which was better than the USA. I've also been in England, which was better than the USA. The Swedes are very nice and helpful people. Everything is so wonderful there. There are no problems. It's like you're in heaven. They take great care of children. The food is incredibly healthy. Nothing is bad. For me, as someone who is half American and half British, it is the best country in the world.

Sweden is an easy country where nothing is complicated, and it has the friendliest people in Europe. Also, Sweden is the country of quality, from their roads to their machines (Volvo, Husqvarna, Ericsson) to their meat (some of the best and most organic meat in the world).

The restaurants are of very high quality. You will most likely get better tapas in Stockholm than in Malaga, better pizza than in Milan, and surely better service than anywhere else.

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

England can trace its history as far back as the 10th century, but modern England didn't start till the Norman Invasion of 1066. In 1535, England annexed... read more

England is the best country in the world. I've been to all of them, and in order of excellence, they are: England, Switzerland, USA, Canada, Australia.

England, especially London, is unbelievable in comparison. It boasts the best mix of famous people, rich people, millionaires, billionaires, small businesses, large businesses, and multinational companies. The variety extends to cars, sports cars, art, history, culture, architecture, technology, people, and industry. Even the beaches and countryside are amazing, arguably the most beautiful countryside in the world.

The political scene is dynamic, and British journalism is unmatched, with publications like The Spectator setting the standard. Sports such as cricket and football are vibrant here, and the proximity to interesting places in Europe is an added bonus. Plus, England has a monarch! It's a bloody brilliant combination.

6 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 consistently ranks in the top ten best nations to live in, and it's easy to see why. It has some of the highest incomes, low crime rates, an excellent healthcare system, a well-educated population, and a humane prison system that successfully rehabilitates offenders.

It also has one of the lowest rates of income inequality imaginable. The only thing it lacks is an efficient intercity rail system, but the Norwegian government is working on that. All of these reasons make Norway one of the best nations to live in on the planet.

7 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. The landscapes are diverse. There are some villages that look like they're straight out of medieval tales.

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

Here you'll find some of the most beautiful coral reefs (UNESCO-listed) and gorgeous beaches in the world. France is so diverse, has such a rich culture and history, and offers so many peaceful areas to live in. It truly is a bucolic country.

If you need your barbecue fix, no problem. Here you can eat anything you want because you'll also find cuisine from lots of other countries. France is second only to the USA in McDonald's locations.

It's true that the French are not the best at speaking English, but they are not the worst compared to some countries around the world. And most people speak only their own native language, so it's something understandable.

We plan to live there at least half of the time.

8 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 the freest country in the world and has the most competitive economy. It features beautiful nature, friendly people, and a clean environment. It is one of the safest countries globally.

In terms of liberal policies, it has relaxed gun laws, freedom of speech, direct democracy, and economic freedom. Switzerland is the best place to live in the world.

Switzerland is absolutely amazing. The only downside is the high cost of living. Aside from that, the scenery, exercise opportunities, skiing, snowboarding, and public transport are all exceptional. Each village has its own unique charm, distinct from its neighbors. The people are friendly. Overall, it's amazing.

9 Iceland Iceland is a Nordic island country in the North Atlantic Ocean and the most sparsely populated country in Europe. Iceland's capital and largest city is Reykjavík, which (along with its surrounding areas) is home to over 65% of the population. Iceland is the only part of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge that... read more

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 one, like, really! Iceland is such a beautiful country with very kind people. It's clean, healthy, and has little to no crime, so it's the best country to live in. It needs to be number one on the list.

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

10 New Zealand New Zealand is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean.
It is situated 1,500 kilometres (900 mi) east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and roughly 1,000 kilometres (600 mi) south of the Pacific island areas of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga. New Zealand's capital city is Wellington,... read more

New Zealand is a country that, until recently, was very much overlooked. Now, people have started to extend their horizons a bit more and have discovered our little gem at the bottom of the world. It is the kind of place where you can retire and settle down, as it is safe, beautiful, and full of kind and hospitable people. It's also healthy to live in.

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. But from your 30s onward, it's absolutely perfect. My kind of paradise, I love the land of the long white cloud, and I can assure you that it certainly lives up to its expectations - perhaps it even exceeds them.

The Contenders
11 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, and the best food in the world. It is also the safest place to be. The people who reside there possess many virtues and kind spirits.

We help bolster the economies of our fellow European nations and provide jobs for Greeks who are moving in. We are forgiving toward other nations and pay our debts quickly and efficiently.

Politically, almost nothing goes wrong. We always have a caring and helpful chancellor. We are not greedy and are willing to help anyone in need. We welcome people of all races into our borders and warmly invite them into our cities.

12 Denmark Denmark is a Nordic country in Northern Europe. It is the most populous and politically central constituent of the Kingdom of Denmark, a constitutionally unitary state that includes the autonomous territories of the Faroe Islands and Greenland in the North Atlantic Ocean. European Denmark is the southernmost... read more

Somehow, here in Denmark, you will earn more money compared to other countries, which will raise your purchasing power and quality of life. Although you pay high taxes, wages are well paid. Moreover, tax money plays a significant role in social value as well.

Here, everything is more organized and centralized. In a word, you will be happy here.

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

13 Finland Finland, officially the Republic of Finland, is a Nordic country in Northern Europe. It shares land borders with Sweden to the northwest, Norway to the north, and Russia to the east, with the Gulf of Bothnia to the west and the Gulf of Finland across Estonia to the south. Finland covers an area of 338,455... read more

Oh, there are many reasons. Finland is the best country to live in for pregnant moms, families, and kids. Finland offers free healthcare, and if you need treatment, you will get it. What about education? It's free as well, and one of the best education systems out there.

We have good gun control laws, and there is no corruption. The government is chosen by the people and makes decisions for the common good. It's a liberal country. For example, equal marriage is now possible in Finland.

Finland is more than a safe country to live in. There are so many other reasons as well why Finland is the best country to live in. The nature, with its lakes and forests, is absolutely stunning.

14 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

Well, let me fix that. 14th? No, it should be 5th or, if possible, 3rd! I believe Scandinavia and New Zealand are still better, but 5th for Japan can be possible. This is because I mentioned something that might seem like a large amount, but it's not.

Scandinavia has five countries, and with the addition of New Zealand, wait, I take that back. Scandinavia is close to strong countries like Russia, France, and Germany. It's also possible that Scandinavia could get invaded. Additionally, it has a low level of corruption. Yes, you heard that right. Also, the homicide rate is low.

Even if the suicide rate is one of the highest, as long as you're not depressed, it's not really a problem. You can live pretty comfortably for a long time with a low crime rate. Japan is one of the most secure countries with high technology, as well as a life expectancy of around 80! Compare that to the USA's 69 or 70.

Anyway, that's all I have to say for now.

15 Spain Spain, or the Kingdom of Spain, is a country in southwestern Europe with parts of territory in the Atlantic Ocean and across the Mediterranean Sea. The largest part of Spain is situated on the Iberian Peninsula; its territory also includes the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean, the Balearic Islands... read more

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

The people are incredibly friendly. You can make a friend at a bar, and within an hour, you'll have a friend for life. Really! That stranger will open his or her home to you in the future and continue 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 10 p.m. while the sun is still setting, hop from tapas bar to tapas bar, stay in the streets until 4 a.m., work for half of the day, go home to eat a large lunch, take a nap, return to work, and then do it all over again?

16 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 it's one of the best places to live, and I've traveled a lot! There's good culture, the people are friendly, and it has always been a neutral country, making it very peaceful with no enemies.

The standards of education are great, from infants to university. The scenery is beautiful and the climate is good, although it rains a bit more than perhaps desired. The land is very fertile and there is no shortage of sun either!

Not to mention that there are great facilities all over the country. It's our own country and always has been. We didn't steal it from natives, we are the natives! Overall, it has a great standard of living.

17 Netherlands The Netherlands, informally Holland, is a country located in north-western Europe with overseas territories in the Caribbean. It is the largest of four constituent countries of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The Netherlands consists of twelve provinces, and borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the... read more

The Netherlands is one of the best countries, if not the best, for taking care of the handicapped. I myself am on the border of being handicapped. I have a few minor issues, but they still make studying and working very difficult due to the pressure.

Even though I understand perfectly well what to do, the pressure causes me to make many small mistakes. Although they are not significant, they are still borderline important. Nevertheless, in the Netherlands, I receive special payments because the cause of my difficulties is a handicap.

18 Italy Italy (Italian: Repubblica Italiana) is a sovereign state and unitary parliamentary republic in south-central Europe.

Italy covers an area of 301,338 km². With almost 62 million inhabitants, it is the third most populous EU member state. Located in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, Italy shares... read more

Italy is a great country with a lot of history on its shoulders. Many say it has the best food in the world. Even though that is very subjective, Italian food summarizes the Italian culture: classy, creative, and full of love. Italians really love their food and lifestyle.

In fact, the most fascinating thing is how Italians are able to seize the day and get the best out of their lives. The sense of family, the appreciation for good food, history, art, music, fashion, and wine - these are all ingredients that Italians use to create, in my view, one of the best lifestyles on Earth. It is great to admire how they express their culture in what they do, from the elegance of an Armani suit to the masterful manufacturing of a Ferrari.

19 Brazil Brazil, officially the Federative Republic of Brazil, is the largest country in both South America and Latin America. At 8.5 million square kilometers (3,300,000 sq mi) and with over 214 million people, Brazil is the world's fifth-largest country by area and the sixth most populous. Its capital is Brasília,... read more

I live in Brazil but travel mostly to Europe and other South American countries. I can certainly say that our food is the best in the world. It's a mix of Italian, German, Portuguese, African, and Native American foods that make it simply perfect.

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

The only problems are government corruption, the rising cost of living, and violence in the big cities. In the smaller ones, you can enjoy a very high standard of living, especially in southern Brazil, which is considered a mini Europe-like region in terms of climate (colder) and quality of life. I recommend the smaller cities in Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina states, with low crime rates, high quality of life, and great landscapes!

20 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. I've traveled all over Europe, and Austria is the most beautiful country I've seen and experienced. The cities are clean, friendly, happy, and gorgeous. People appreciate and value their living space.

It's a great environment for families. Rural areas of Austria, like Tirol and Pinzgau, are incredible. Breathtaking scenery, awesome skiing, and even better in the summer.

Austria is better known for wonderful skiing in the winter, but summer is also a great time of the year to experience other mountain sports. Overall: 9.8/10.

21 South Korea South Korea, officially the Republic of Korea (ROK), is a country in East Asia, constituting the southern part of the Korean Peninsula and sharing a land border with North Korea. Its western border is formed by the Yellow Sea, while its eastern border is defined by the Sea of Japan. South Korea claims... read more

I don't get why South Korea is the most hated Asian country of all time. South Korea is really unique to me. Their cuisine is something special, their shopping malls are high-class, and their form of martial arts is really safe - you don't have to worry about Japanese karate.

Their arcades are really special, and their hotels are 5-star places to stay in. South Korea is also home to the world's largest Christian Church.

It's very convenient to live there. There are 24-hour marts, shopping malls, and food options. They deliver anything to you or even pick it up for you. The transportation and buildings are high-tech, and the environment is great. Public transportation is super clean and cheap, and you will find food anywhere.

22 Greece Greece, officially the Hellenic Republic, is a country in Southeast Europe. It is situated on the southern tip of the Balkans, and is located at the crossroads of Europe, Asia, and Africa. Greece shares land borders with Albania to the northwest, North Macedonia and Bulgaria to the north, and Turkey... read more

Greece is amazing in all aspects. It has a bad economy at the moment, but that could change. If all of us Greeks came back home to improve the country and address the issue of illegal border crossings that lead to theft and damage to our cities and islands, things would change.

We could be proud of our country like Melina Mercouri was. We wouldn't need to ask for money from Germany or the EU. We could sustain ourselves through tourism and agriculture, as well as exports. It's something to think about. Great place!

Greece is a great country. It's a country with a rich history, boasting some of the greatest islands and friendly people. Additionally, the Greek people have one of the most significant histories of all.

They initiated the Olympics with the ceremonial fire and were pioneers in culture. For countries who may dislike Greece, it's important to remember that our country - Greece - founded much of the culture you know today, at a time when your ancestors were still discovering these concepts.

23 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

Living in Portugal is very easy! People are nice and friendly. You can live the best of both worlds as the capital, Lisbon, offers an urban city lifestyle, while further up north, you can enjoy the villages and countryside.

The country boasts the best air quality, best food, best prices, best people, and best weather. Amazing sights and picturesque landscapes abound. Portugal offers a lot of beaches, such as the Algarves. Surfing world championships are held there due to the amazing beaches and great waves.

There's hearty, home-cooked food everywhere you turn. Lisbon, the capital, is one of the oldest cities in the world but still maintains its urban charm. The country has beautiful summers and magical winters. What could be better than that?

24 Singapore Singapore, officially known as the Republic of Singapore, is a sovereign island city-state in maritime Southeast Asia. It is situated approximately one degree of latitude (137 kilometers or 85 miles) north of the equator, off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula. It borders the Strait of Malacca... read more

Damn! What the hell is this? Singapore should be the best Southeast Asian country to live in! It deserves to beat all the other SEA countries when it comes to the best countries to live in.

I don't agree that Singapore only lands in 31st place. It should be in the top 27. The higher the ranking, the better and safer the country to live in. So please do root for SG! It's 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 is to go to a country and experience it yourself or ask the locals in the area. One more thing: Singapore is one of the best Asian countries to live in.

25 Scotland Scotland is a country that is part of the United Kingdom and covers the northern third of the island of Great Britain. Scotland is the most mountainous, and least densely populated country in the United Kingdom.

People sometimes judge us by our accents or others sometimes don't like the scots, but that's ok but I'm here to let u know that if u take a holiday into Scotland I guarantee you will be treated with good respect. People are also stereotypical about us. You do see a man playing the bagpipes in a kilt now and then in Glasgow, Edinburgh or Aberdeen, so that's awesome. Our country has one of the greatest sites to see, we also have to best water in the world located in Paisley, we also have the best steak in Europe know as the Aberdeen Angus.
Thanks for taking time to read my comment about Scotland! Go and check out Ireland or Wales!

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