Top 10 Best Countries in the World

Ever wonder what it would be like to live somewhere completely different? Imagine new flavors, a new language swirling around you, or stunning landscapes that take your breath away. The world is full of incredible countries, each with a unique charm and way of life.
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, a horribly fragile economy, a corrupt justice system, a 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 the USA at the top because of where we came from. We had wonderful founding fathers who hated tyranny and loved 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 was founded on the God-given right to be free and was a haven for liberty.

2 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 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, a good economy, amazing natural areas, and a diverse culture. In Canada, any man, woman, or child who immigrates may get dual citizenship, allowing them to further express themselves in our great cultural mosaic.

Better to be a vibrant individual in 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 America 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 Congress and a president. Should be leaving the U.S. in the dust, along with its overt racism and its phobia of any form of benefit for the general populace. If the U.S. gets a free health care system, they may have a fleeting chance, but honestly, I think they should stop being hypocritical and try using their own oil for once! Stop going to other countries for workforces. That might beat the unemployment problems there!

3 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

Free education, free healthcare, and a strong military too. If a country like that ever comes along, it will be the best, and it has! The U.K. deserves to be on the list because, without it, Napoleon or Hitler could have taken over the world. It's supported a lot of countries and deserves a first-place certificate. Sorry, America, you might be first in this and nearly everything else, but in reality, the results would leave you shocked! "Land of opportunity" - tell me, if you say this to everyone in the world, the least you could do is actually prove it by something. Anyway, here's my point: it's supported countries, it gives free education/healthcare, and with a high and powerful economy, will soon start booming. You have my word.

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

This place is beautiful. It was always my dream to travel to Japan. I have met many Japanese people, and they are one of the most well-mannered and kind people I have ever met. Not to mention the delicious food.

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 they 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 a long time. Japanese culture is lovely, serene, soothing, polite, and breathtaking.

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).

5 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 would have to be a serious contender for the best country in the world to live. It is the world's largest island and has enormous natural wealth (93% of what the world requires to survive can be found in Australia). It has a population of only 22 million in a country the size of the mainland 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, Australia has a very small national debt which will be in the black within 2 years. The most diverse melting pot of different nationalities on the planet (more than the US), 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 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 been deemed the best country in the world, according to a new report published for 2016. The inaugural Best Countries list by U.S. News & World Report measures global performance on a variety of metrics and is topped by Germany this year.

1 Germany
2 Canada
3 United Kingdom
4 United States
5 Sweden
6 Australia
7 Japan
8 France
9 Netherlands
10 Denmark

Germany's leading position was due to a number of factors. They were the country with the best score in the entrepreneurship sub-ranking, informed by high marks given to their infrastructure, education, and skill level of their labor force. Other categories in which Germany posted strong scores include power - which combines military might and economic success to score a country based on its global influence - and quality of life.

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

I am also Algerian and Muslim, and I do not share the same opinion as some others 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 non-European countries like Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Italy, Hungary, Australia, and lots more, France is a nice country.

Right, some are xenophobic, but everywhere it is the same and really worse in countries I have just said. My brother has a good 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 and were insulted. Right, colonies were bad, but I do prefer having been colonized by the French than by another country. And the French now are far from thinking like before. I am not sure about those other countries. I am sure you do not hit the right target. Anyway, we are friends, but we should also be with French people. Believe me.

8 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

I do agree New Zealand is the best country in the world. But then again, I am slightly biased considering I've lived here my whole life. However, I've traveled to every continent, and there's just something about coming back to New Zealand. The warmth of the people, the scenery which never fails to take my breath away, the yummy cuisine, the safe feeling about it, our stable and relatable politicians and government system, our unique flora and fauna - and many other great aspects which I don't have the patience to list.

However, although I love our country and people, I don't think it is kind or necessary for us to put down other countries regardless of what we think. As a New Zealander, I am proud of our kind, warm, relaxed, fun, accepting reputation, so it would be nice to see it reflected in the comments.

9 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

Sweden is a very good country, to be honest. It's not the best, but I still voted for it! I recommend visiting Sweden. The first time I visited there, I felt really welcome, and people were so kind! I moved to Stockholm that one time. I love the seas there and all of it. The culture is pretty fine. The forests, islands, and all kinds of stuff are amazing. Perfect for camping, fishing, and more.

I found out school is free there. The people in Sweden have such beautiful souls of kindness. They have good healthcare and beautiful lakes, beaches, and stuff. It's perfect for snow skating on a surfboard in winter. It's cold, but it's still pretty awesome to be there. The streets are pretty clean in Sweden. I love the language of Swedish. It sounds pretty hard but beautiful!

10 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

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 while holding a smooth amount of class.

The food is the best, and it is incredibly diverse. They have serious problems with the economy, and my inability to get a job there has prevented me from moving there. I can't wait to have a better future.

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

The Contenders
11 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 my favorite of all! Check out the most famous customs: you'll always see an alphorn band throughout the day. 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 happy deep inside!

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!

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... read more

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, and there are basically no class differences. 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. Human rights aren't represented better anywhere than in Norway. It is a country that also sits at 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.

13 Russia Russia, or the Russian Federation (RF), is a transcontinental country spanning Eastern Europe and Northern Asia. It is the largest country in the world by area, covering over 17,125,191 square kilometres (6,612,073 sq mi), and encompassing one-eighth of Earth's inhabitable landmass. Russia extends across... read 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, about 185 ethnic groups live 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 its natural kindness.

14 China China, officially the People's Republic of China, is a country in East Asia. It is the world's most populous country, with a population of more than 1.4 billion. China spans five geographical time zones and borders 14 countries, the second most of any country in the world after Russia. Covering an area... read more

Chinese people are hardworking, adventurous, organized, 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 toil 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 civilization. They slept for 300 years while 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 conquering other people's lands and massacring their natives.

But being hardworking is not enough. Being adaptable, curious, innovative, and learning from others is just as important. It is not surprising that this website has all the English-speaking countries voted first. Their people would vote for themselves, of course. Their most hated countries would naturally be those that they feel the most competition from!

15 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

In my opinion, Iceland is a role model for the world. The way they do things is fascinating. The geography and the climate there are unique.

Although, 17!? Come on, guys, this country is the only country with no mosquitoes. They are one of the safest, if not the safest country in the world. It has improved drastically from when it was at rock bottom. It is one of the happiest countries. 0-4 deaths from a gun per year compared to hundreds of thousands in the USA!

Iceland may not be as developed and advanced as the USA, but they are one of the best!

16 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

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.

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

Ireland should be number 1! Coolest accents ever! The people who hate are only jealous because 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 their thick heads that the Irish are the best and nicest people! But when you mess with them or anyone 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!

18 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

India is the best country in the world because it is very beautiful. It is the most powerful country, with the largest armed force. It is a big economic power. Jai ho!

Hello Indians, I'm from Bangladesh. I think this is a true review. India is one of the richest countries in the world, and it has a lot of attractive cultural traditions. It is also one of the largest countries in the world. Historical places are amazing, and travel destinations are captivating.

A huge number of Hindus, Muslims, and other religious people have been living together peacefully there for centuries. Some religious collisions were seen in the past, but neither Hindus nor Muslims of India should be blamed. It is the dirty "two-nation theory" which was the cause of all mishaps.

What did Pakistan do with Bangladeshi people (East Pakistan at that time) after 1947? They tortured both Hindus and Muslims of Bangladesh. Bangladeshi people will always thank India and Indian people for the great help and support during the liberation war. There are some people in Bangladesh who are still against the liberation of Bangladesh. These people are the main problem of Bangladesh.

We had been living together for centuries, and what separated us was the bloody "two-nation theory." I'm a Muslim, and I love Indians. I love Muslims and Hindus here in Bangladesh, but I hate the bloody "two-nation theory." Bangladesh will never forget India's brotherhood during the liberation war. I love Bangladesh, I love India.

19 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

Simply the best country you can imagine. It's 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 culturally rich because it's 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 and the second country with the most tourism. This place is like no other and should at least be in the top five.

20 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 an awesome country, and although I have never been there, I have researched a lot about it. I live in the U.S., and I really want to move to a country in Europe when I get older. I am only 13, and I really hate the United States. I'm supposed to be proud, but I'm not. The United States sucks.

I really like a lot of countries in Europe. My aunt lived in Germany until she was 8. I envy her.

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 humor and are not afraid to laugh at ourselves.

How boring to wake up knowing the sun is going to shine every day -- I think!

21 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

There are many problems in Brazil, but believe me, there you can find the best people in the world! No one is warmer, lovelier, or more joyful than Brazilians!

I agree that there are 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, Brazilian friends, stop talking bad things about your home. You complain so much and have no pride in being part of this incredible nation! Come on, the biggest change starts with you guys!

Right now, Brazil is under a corrupt government but is battling and arresting these guys dearly! But we have the best beaches, awesome hotels, the most beautiful tropical nature, and friendly people, indeed.

There are high-tech industries in Brazil and a huge elite Rainforest Force that assures you an invasion trial here would be deadly for the intruders. There are many European and Asian people here (Italians, Germans, Russians, 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" evaluations is the fact we are a non-Anglo-Saxon and independent country. Brazil should be in the 7th place until the next development jump. God bless this country, which is a barn of Christian missionaries, also.

22 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

South Korea is a blessed country with beautiful and talented people. The invention of Hangul (the Korean alphabet) shows how smart they are. Despite their tragic past marked by multiple invasions, today they are one of the most developed and richest countries in the world.

Personally, I was introduced to Korea (less than one year ago) through Korean dramas and pop music, and now I have no regrets. I learned with time new things about Korea, and my love for this country continues to grow. By the way, I am from Tahiti! You do not know where it is? Then look how far and big the influence of Korea is. Even in the lost islands of the South Pacific, we know South Korea! I love Korea!

23 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

The lesser-known Nordic country, usually in the shadows of 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 criticize 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.

The rapid development of Finland from pretty much nothing, a country 100% dependent on agriculture and wood, to one of the world's most educated, most liberal, most egalitarian, and most technologically advanced countries in less than 100 years is badass. And all of this without benefiting from "third-world" countries or colonies, without wars or conquest, without aggressive foreign policies, and Finland did this while successfully defending against the strongest war machine in the world during WWII.

24 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

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, it's not that hard.

25 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

Chill, Singaporeans. We are not at the top of the list because we are not desperate for attention to come here and vote for ourselves like some narcissistic third-world countries do. We quietly do our own thing and excel. Keep rocking!

Best infrastructure, summer every day, great architecture, low-cost flights to dream beaches and resorts, cheap and tasty food, very clean, very safe, English-speaking country, international/multicultural population, dynamic economy, charming women, low taxes... Which other place can show that many positive aspects?

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