Top Ten Countries to Live in 2013

Deciding on which country is the best in the world is usually quite hard. What makes it so challenging is that no one factor can be used to judge a country. There are various qualities which a common person dreams of having in their ideal country including cheap expenses, financial stability, safety, crime free & pollution free environment, stable economy, modern health facilities & infrastructures & so on. Lots of factions calculate a country’s status based on GDP or PCI, which is quite common. In this list, we have attempted to make decisions on one’s satisfaction & comfort rather than relying on statistics. So let’s take a look at the world’s best countries.


1. Iceland:

This country has it all; from beautiful, stunning & breath taking sceneries & views to a crime free environment, Iceland is definitely one of the best countries to live in. Iceland has a free-market economy with relatively low corporate taxes & provides health care and tertiary education to its citizens. It was ranked at 13th position among the most developed country in the world by the United Nations’ Human Development Index. It has high economic and political stability, not to mention that gender equality is highly valued here, with minimal gender gap. If you love a peaceful, scenic, caring society, than Iceland is for you.


2. Japan:

This island nation, despite its small size is home to 126 million people. The best part about Japan is its diverse & immersive culture which is totally different from the rest of the world. The Japanese live in their own world with their own beautiful culture. Some of the most famous aspect of Japanese cultures includes animes, mangas, dolls, swords, tea parties, martial arts, Geisha & games. Japan has the world’s third-largest economy (by nominal GDP) & after Singapore, Japan has the lowest homicide rate in the world. According to Wikipedia, Japanese women have the second highest life expectancy of any country in the world.


3. Austria:

Austria has an extremely stable economy, even in the time of crisis. Plus more than 90% of people living there declared that they are happy with the basic necessities they have. They have the best education system, highest per capita GDP, high income & a high rate of employment. Crime & pollution are almost non-existent. Austria truly seems like paradise on earth. Nothing could be better than living a satisfied & happy life that people could feel & cherish themselves.


4. Tuvalu:

The fourth smallest country in the world is a Polynesian island nation located in the Pacific Ocean somewhere between Hawaii and Australia. It not only is one of the smallest countries in terms of size but also in terms of population which is just 11,200 (third-least populous sovereign state). Tuvalu has no regular military forces & doesn’t spend money on military. Tuvalu is a beautiful island nation, with rich heritage & cuisine, free & compulsory education, unique sports, ecological diversity and temperamental climate. In Tuvalu you are no longer a part of the world or its worries, you are living on a different & friendly planet.


5. Norway:

It is the second least densely populated country in Europe, & it has a welfare model with universal health care, subsidized higher education, and a comprehensive social security system. From 2009 to 2012, Norway had the highest Human Development Index ranking in the world. Public education is Norway is almost free, regardless of nationality. The average citizen rates their happiness at 7.6 out of 10 which is a good figure. With a strong development & stabilized economy coupled with pollution free environment & lovely, scenic areas, one wouldn’t pass a chance of settling down in Norway easily.


6. Switzerland:

This country has a history of armed neutrality, yet it is frequently involved in peace-building processes around the world. It is also the place where the Red Cross originated. According to Wikipedia, Switzerland is one of the richest countries in the world by per capita gross domestic product, and has the highest wealth per adult, with two of its cities being ranked as having the highest quality of life. Switzerland’s climate is ideal, with no excessive heat, cold or humidity & has one of the lowest crime rates of all industrialized countries. But there are large differences between men and women in the labor market which is disheartening considering the position of the country. If this doesn’t affect you much (or you are willing to fight against it), then Switzerland would be just a slice of heaven with its natural beauty & economic stability.


7. Canada:

Canadians have first class health care, community and environment and the best part that sets Canada apart is its safety. 87% of people in Canada feel safe walking alone at night whereas the world average is only 67%. Aside from this, Canada has the ninth highest per capita income globally, and the 11th highest Human Development Index ranking. It ranks among the highest in international measurements of education, government transparency, civil liberties, quality of life, and economic freedom. Canada is the country which offers high life satisfaction to its citizens thereby having a minimal number of suicide rates.


8. Luxembourg:

This is just a tiny nation which happens to be one of the richest in the world with the second highest per capita GDP in the world. One of its booming industries, like Switzerland, is its tourist attraction. Luxembourg has lots of historical places along with natural beauty which sums up a nice attraction for tourists. Luxembourg is a stable and high-income market economy featuring moderate growth, low inflation, and a high level of innovation. Unemployment is almost non-existent, although it had risen to 6.1% by May 2012, because of the 2008 global financial crisis. With a small population (the least among European countries) & steady economy, Luxembourg provides for a tranquil & relaxing life.


9. Ireland:

With vivid lunar landscapes, beaches, labyrinthine caves and crystal clear waters, Ireland’s diverse landscapes are bound to take your breath away. Ireland’s are a literary lot with a real passion for music & dance. It has a 99% literacy rate & a life expectancy of 80 years. Ireland has lots of entertainment hubs and the people are known for warmth & an eagerness to have fun.


10. South Korea:

South Korea is an Asian country with a very high standard of living. It is Asia’s fourth largest economy and the world’s 15th largest economy. The economy is maximum export-driven, with production mainly focused on electronics, automobiles, ships, machinery, petrochemicals and robotics. South Korea has some of the world class companies, including Samsung, Hyundai, LG. Around two-thirds of the land in South Korea is under forest. The climate of South Korea is temperate with cold winters and hot & wet summers. The OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) has declared South Korea as the country with the highest estimated national IQ & it is the only country that is completely broadband connected, at 100Mb. But foreigners might face problem residing in South Korea because only 0.1% population of South Korea are immigrants, rest are Koreans.

South Korea

There could have been a lot more countries like France, USA, Germany, Sweden, New Zealand & Belgium on the list, but there’s space enough for only 10 countries, & the ones mentioned happened to be the best ones. If you do want to go abroad, then go ahead & aim for one of these countries to get the maximum out of life & to live happily & peacefully. Those who already inhabit these countries consider yourself envied by zillions around the world & enjoy your life. Coming up soon would be ten worst countries you wouldn’t want to stay in, so stay tuned.

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  1. Alok Rana September 12, 2013

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