Best countries to live


 If you’re planning to leave your hometown and find your luck somewhere else then you should check this list. 

What countries are best to live in if you want to live abroad? Based on a recent survey by World Citizenship, these are the results. Looking at 187 jurisdictions and across 5 evaluations like Safety, Quality of Life, Financial freedom etc. Eventually, it’s everyone’s own opinion but if we need to believe this report, these are the top 10 countries to live in.

best countries to live in

1. Switzerland

In short, we loooove Switzerland. The nature is just incredible and if you think Canada is too far, just come over to the Swiss side because it resembles a lot with the scenery.  Secondly, wages are pretty good if you live there as it is one of the wealthiest countries on the planet. However, Switzerland was also ranked the most expensive country in the world so as a visitor you need to dig deep into your pocket but as a citizen you well off here.

Switzerland top country to live

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2. Denmark

Crazy but it has zero crime rates, murder, no corruption, and stability in economic growth, quality life, etc. All these things made it as one of the best, happiest and safest countries to live in the world. Nearly 18 weeks of paid leave is given to mothers and 79 percent of women are working which is comparatively higher than other countries. People in this country are more concerned about their environment and they follow excellent health care system. Let’s move to Denmark!

best country to live in Denmark

3. Norway & Finland & Sweden

These three Scandinavian countries join the ranking at number three with the exact same score. All located in Northern Europe, it must be something to do with the fresh air right? Jokes aside, when I arrived in Norway for the first time, I actually cried because I thought the sight of it was so beautiful. Mountains, Fjörds, valleys, waterfalls and so on. Norway is one of those place you need to visit before you die, so why not live there for a while!

Sweden is lush and green, everything is well organised and we love the healthcare system, as for the other two countries. Sweden introduced a 6 hour working day so if that doesn’t already makes a person happy! They give you 16 months of to spent that time with your newborn baby, so it is the best place for women where they get safety and they can see their child grown up. Besides this, you can breath fresh air and visit amazing beautiful places.We haven’t been to Finland, but it scored extremely well on all levels.

live in norway great country
Elke in Norway

4. New Zealand

For us, one of the farthest countries to travel to but people from all over the world have tried to gain citizenship and not without reason. The country is stunning (voted as one of the most beautiful in the world) but living in New Zealand is also pretty good.

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5. Netherlands

Surprise, surprise, The Netherlands is back in the top 5 of beste countries to live in. Honestly, expats living here will debate about this report but being Dutch citizens, we can say we are generally happy to live here. Education, healthcare (to a certain extend) and quality of life is good here. That being said, the housing market is a disaster in our opinion and if you are new to living here or a student, it’s not easy to find something. 

Tulip fields Netherlands

6. Japan

Again, looking at wealth, economics and safety & security, Japan is doing well. Besides looking at the pillars of the report, Japan is a stunning one of a kind country, that we would love to visit.

7. Germany & Singapore

Two very different countries join spot number seven. Germany, known as a large and rich country, is doing pretty well. Singapore is new in this list and scored very well when in comes to economic prosperity and business opportunities. 

Tiger & Turtle, Duisburg, Germany

8. Canada

This country has it all. Adventure, rough but stunning nature, pretty clean air, friendly people and the list goes on. The second largest country in the world particularly scored high on Quality of Life, Citizenship and the opportunities for entrepreneurship. Did you know that Canada is one of the best and safest places for solo travelCheck here for more tips and stories about Canada.

Lake, Canada

9. Austria

Well, many will debating whether this country should be added to this list with the current developments. Maybe before Covid, yes. We are not so sure now with all the strict rules. What do you guys think?

10. Australia

After slowly re-opening for overseas travellers (find out more here) Australia is still a big favourite when it comes to immigration. Myself included. I wanted to live in Australia since my backpacking adventure back in 2007 but it never quite happened. Life can also be difficult when you move there without the backup from a business. That being said, if you do get in (which is extremely difficult) you have the most stunning country in the world as your backyard. 

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  • Kim
    Posted at 08:27h, 16 February Reply

    Aan Nederland had ik inderdaad niet gedacht haha. Wil juist nu graag wel even een tijdje weg ;).

  • Irene Moschatou
    Posted at 11:42h, 16 February Reply

    My choice for sure is to have a luck for leaving Amsterdam…is the climate..the people..the respect of the humanity..i don’t think better for me a better place to live… uppon my country which i love but make’s me unhappy because of no opportunities into work.

    To sumarise my thought , if i could ensure a job in Netherlands..i will possibly risk it.Why not..i have nothing to loose…

    Thank you Elke.

    Best Wishes-Love-Peace.

  • Megan Indoe
    Posted at 14:42h, 16 February Reply

    Wow, all of these places sound amazing to live in! We moved to South Korea to teach ESL and have had a blast, but we are looking to try to live somewhere else! Any of these places would work for us! Thanks for sharing!

  • sallida
    Posted at 15:41h, 16 February Reply

    How cool!! I didnt know that Denmark is that cool!, although if I could choose I dont know why I am more Sweden oriented! at the moment I am in Vienna, so the thought to learn another language after I am still struggling with german, it makes me scared! but who knows!

    cool Post!

  • Frans Mulder
    Posted at 10:42h, 02 January Reply

    It is always interesting to hear what others think and know. Being Dutch myself and having lived in the Netherlands, Italy, Sweden, Canada, Denmark, and Austria I recognize many of the things listed. It is also blatant that the US is nowhere near Europe, except if you have money. Historically, maybe most interesting about this listing is to see how constructing a society on trust, equality and social values can come a long way. If other nations would look more to Scandinavia on how to make their societies work, that would improve the world a lot. Being an outsider, I think I can see that quite clearly.

    On the other hand, one should not be deceived here, though. Immigrating to those countries where people are very happy does not mean it will make YOU happy :O. It is pretty hard to enter the social circles of the more ‘homogeneous’ countries, despite the people being very hospitable.

    My suggestion: let’s all be a bit more Scandinavian and make our own home a better one ;D

    • Wander-lust
      Posted at 11:00h, 03 January Reply

      Hi Frans, we agree. Home is where the heart is 🙂

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