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20 Best Countries to Live in 2020

It might have come as a curious thought to you as to which countries are considered the best in the world to live in. This might be due to different reasons: one could be researching on this either to be able to find suitable and habitable countries where they believe would be most secure for them to live and thrive. For some, it might be that they are looking for a place for a tourist visit, or they might be thinking of country to which they should retire to. Whatever the reason for this, our article has provided an up-to-date list of the countries which are considered to be the most habitable, peaceful, and best to live in.

When it comes to choosing the best country to live in, the answer you come up with might differ from the answers of other people, especially because it all depends on what you are using to define a country as being the best. Whether it’s happiness levels, overall financial stability, type of climate, or something completely unrelated to any of these suggestions, the definition of the number one country to live in is entirely subjective.

That said, there have been many surveys conducted regarding the overall consensus as to which countries are superior in terms of livability. Various news outlets and data collectors have unveiled their findings as to which countries people view as being the best to call home.

The Human Development Report, which is a summary comprised by the United Nations to express global satisfaction with life, as well as depict an overview of what it’s like to be alive on Earth in this day and age. It is arguably one of the top resources for determining which countries have the happiest, healthiest, and most stable populations compared to everywhere else in the world. Essentially, the Human Development Report summarizes how people feel about our planet as a whole, and then it goes on to discuss, in detail, which countries are best to live in, thus comparing the most satisfied populations with the most unhappy countries in the world.

The variables that this official UN report takes into account include equality among genders, literacy, average life expectancy, and financial stability. For the sake of this article, we will abide by the regulations put forward by the United Nations in drafting and publishing this report on the best countries to live in around the world. If you have other factors that you deem to be important to consider, then by all means come to a conclusion of your own. These are the claims of one report, but that does not mean other countries are not amazing as well.

Here are the top places to live according to the United Nations’ Human Development Report, in ascending order:

8.Hong Kong
10.The Netherlands

1. Norway

The United Nations listed Norway as the best country to live in primarily because all of the factors the researchers took into consideration were good marks on behalf of Norway. The European country excels in all the areas that the UN looked at, which you could say is purely based on luck. However, even so, Norway is a good fit for the credentials that the United Nations took into account, which is impressive altogether. People in Norway live to be upwards of eighty-two years old, on average.

The UN attributes this wonderful statistic to the healthcare system that is in place in Norway. Norwegians are covered by a healthcare system funded by the general public, so unlike places such as the United States, residents of Norway receive healthcare and medical attention no matter what. It is not a burden or a privilege for people in Norway to get the professional help and annual checkups that are so necessary for overall health, leading to a higher life expectancy overall.

2. Switzerland

The health of people who live in Switzerland is outrageously impressive. Like Norway, Switzerland’s life expectancy was a factor the United Nations applauds Switzerland for, particularly due to the lack of fatal diseases present in the residents of Switzerland. Surprisingly, even though Switzerland was beat by Norway for the title of the number one country to live in, Switzerland’s life expectancy is slighter higher than that of Norway. People in Switzerland live to be about eighty-three years old. Switzerland is a prime example of how taking care of yourself will result in wondrous things, but this is a privilege that not all countries award their citizens.

3. Australia

As the third best country to live in according to the Human Development Report, Australia is praised by the United Nations for its emphasis on education and the importance of going to school. There is a healthy level of pressure to not only attend school, but to perform exceptionally and take pride in academic marks.

The average number of years that Australians attend school for is roughly twenty years old, meaning most Australian children remain enrolled in the education system until they graduate from an undergraduate college. As with every situation, there are exceptions, but the education in Australia accounts for more than five percent of the country’s GDP, so that’s something for which Australia deserves to be recognized.

4. Ireland

Ireland is an amazing place to live because it is one of the safest countries around the world. The levels of criminal activity in Ireland are lower than ever, and the prevalence of homicidal behavior is at a bare minimum.

5. Germany

Something that stands out a lot about Germany is that the country places an emphasis on education. Much like Australia, Germany values the education of its citizens. Nearly the entire population of Germany has received higher education, with only four percent of people in Germany having not endured college classes or post-graduate schooling.

6. Iceland

Iceland bodes well in terms of life expectancy and healthcare accessibility. The average lifetime of citizens in Iceland is around 83 years of age. There are still some places around the world where people do not live beyond forty years old, so Iceland is impressive for having a life expectancy of nearly double that of other countries.

7. Sweden

Sweden has a strong social welfare system, providing strong healthcare and free education. Sweden’s social model focuses on growth, equality, freedom, and security. Sweden also has great conditions for workers, such as a minimum of five weeks vacation and a government organization that supports entrepreneurs looking to start a company. Lastly, like the other Nordic countries, Sweden has very low rates of violent crime (1.14 incidents per 100,000 people) and ranks well for overall health and wellbeing.

8. Hong Kong

Hong Kong is a major international financial center with a high quality of life. Hong Kong has very low taxes, the highest income tax at 17%, making it attractive for businessmen. Additionally, like many of the other countries on this list, Hong Kong has very low crime rates despite being a very densely populated urban area. Many believe that Hong Kong is the perfect blend of East and West cultures with colonial buildings, temples, and ancient traditions and festivals living side-by-side with modern public transportation and tall glass skyscrapers.

9. Singapore

Singapore earned the title of being the fifth best country to live in, alongside the European country of Denmark. Even though the two countries are on an even playing field, Singapore still holds the sixth line of the list of best countries to call home. Singapore received high levels of recognition from the UN especially because of the country’s life expectancy rates and the overall attention paid to the healthcare system.

10. The Netherlands

The Netherlands compares to Denmark in the sense that the Netherlands does not have as high of a wage gap as many countries around the world still do. In fact, the inequality rate among wages in the Netherlands is roughly 12.4% which sounds high, but if you return to the data about the wage gap percentage of the United States, you’ll find that the Netherlands still out does the USA in terms of fair pay across the board.

Other Countries which, however, did not make it to the top 10 best, but are still within the range of 11 to 20:

11. United Kingdom

85% of the English population say they have more positive experiences in an average day than negative ones. They also have a high life expectancy of 81 years, and 97% of the people say they are satisfied with the quality of their water.

12. United States

Well this entry is quite predictable to be here. It is said that whosoever has lived in America can’t live anywhere else in this world. The United States is one of the world’s most prosperous economies, with a gross domestic product that exceeds that of any other country in the world.

13. Canada

This beautiful country has much more to offer than just the lush green environs. Canada performs very well in many measures of well-being relative to most other countries in the Better Life Index. Canada ranks above the average in housing, subjective well-being, personal security, health status, income and wealth, social connections, environmental quality, jobs and earnings, education and skills, and civic engagement.

14. New Zealand

New Zealand is known for its quality of water and air which makes this country an absolute haven for the residents who stay here. New Zealand ranks at the top in health status. It ranks above the average in environmental quality, civic engagement, personal security, housing, subjective well-being, education and skills, and jobs and earnings, but below average in income and wealth.

15. Liechtenstein

Liechtenstein is a good place to live, people say. With very high salaries compared with other European countries and a low level of unemployment, the majority of the population is indeed able to afford a high material standard of living.

16. South Korea

Living in Korea offers expats an exciting live in a very advanced and modern country. South Korea is renowned as one of the world’s leading producers of technical goods such as mobile phones, televisions and computers. It is also a place of both natural beauty and modernity and the major cities in South Korea are progressive whilst also embracing their past; it is possible to observe modern glass skyscrapers side by side with some of the fortresses, temples and palaces that have now become UNESCO world heritage sites.

17. Luxembourg

Luxembourg is definitely one place where you can get a good standard of living. Although one of the world’s smallest countries Luxembourg is one of the wealthiest. What makes it distinctive is its well-developed first-rate transport, communications and healthcare networks, set against a stable political, social and economic background.

18. Japan

One of the best places to live in oriental half of the globe, Japan fares well in features such as personal security, average income and wealth, education and skills, jobs and earnings. Also, the life expectancy here is quite high.

19. Denmark

Denmark ranks highly in the environmental category which is reflected by figures that 94% of people say they are satisfied with water quality in the country, higher than the OECD average of 81%. Danes also get to enjoy five weeks of paid holidays a year – and rank 6th out of 36 on gender equality. Financially its inhabitants are in good stead too: Over 73% of people aged 15 to 64 in Denmark have a paid job, above the OECD employment average of 65%.

20. Israel

Not surprising as well. Israel is as well one of the best countries one can find himself. The health care facility there are high with great intellectual pursuits by its inhabitants.

About Ezie Amobi Lewis

Lewis is a student of psychology. A researcher, an avid reader and a computer enthusiast with a penchant for Graphics designs and programming. Mail me at [email protected]

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