Ten best countries to live in

Where is the best place to live? Since Trump won the elections, Canada has become popular. But how is that worldwide? Is that Australia where residents spend more time in school than anywhere else? Or is Singapore where life expectancy is among the highest? For everyone with plans for emigration, or never ever wanting to leave the country, hereby a summary.

World – The United Nations Development Programme release yearly the new Human Development Index. The index is a long long list of indicators determining the development of a country. We used the list before to determine the most misogynistic countries in the world. But is also a great list of showing what the ten best countries to live in are.

The Trump factor

In recent years, the ten best countries did not change. Only the order in which they appear in the the top 10 has varied. With one exception: Norway has been for 14 years in a row, on seat number 1. The Netherlands hover around the fifth place and Singapore and New Zealand jostle each year to stay within the top 10.

It will be interesting to see whether the presidency of Trump will play a role on the index coming years. It appears that the number of people who have looked for opportunities to settle in Canada has increased since November 2016 but that does not say anything (yet) on the development of a country.

Standard of living in Norway

We looked more closely at the data, based on three dimensions of human progress: having a long and healthy life, being knowledgeable, and having a good standard of living. For example, life expectancy  is 82 years in countries like Switzerland, Australia, and Singapore. In Sierra Leone however, only 45,6.

A good standard of living is determined, amongst others, by income. The top-rated country for this factor is Norway. Niger is found on the other side of the spectrum. Norway, has a gross national income per capita of $63,909. The Democratic Republic of the Congo, was the second least developed country worldwide. at just $444 last year.

Education is the third factor in determining development. In all the top ten countries, but one residents spend an average of 12 years or more in school. With Australia being an absolute winner with more than 20 years. In the least developed countries that is less than four years.

The ten best countries to live in:

10. Denmark

  • Gross nat’l income per capita: $42,880
  • Life expectancy at birth: 79.4 years
  • Expected years of schooling: 16.9 years

9. Singapore

  • Gross nat’l income per capita: $72,371
  • Life expectancy at birth: 82.3 years
  • Expected years of schooling: 15.4 years

8. Canada

  • Gross nat’l income per capita: $41,887
  • Life expectancy at birth: 81.5 years
  • Expected years of schooling: 15.9 years

7. New Zealand

  • Gross nat’l income per capita: $32,569
  • Life expectancy at birth: 81.1 years
  • Expected years of schooling: 19.4 years

6. Germany

  • Gross nat’l income per capita: $43,049
  • Life expectancy at birth: 80.7 years
  • Expected years of schooling: 16.3 years

5. United States

  • Gross nat’l income per capita: $52,308
  • Life expectancy at birth: 78.9 years
  • Expected years of schooling: 16.5 years

4. Netherlands

  • Gross nat’l income per capita: $42,397
  • Life expectancy at birth: 81.0 years
  • Expected years of schooling: 17.9 years

3. Switserland

  • Gross nat’l income per capita: $53,762
  • Life expectancy at birth: 82.6 years
  • Expected years of schooling: 15.7 years

2. Australia

  • Gross national income per capita: $41,524
  • Life expectancy at birth: 82.5 years
  • Expected years of schooling: 19.9 years

1. Norway

  • Gross nat’l income per capita: $63,909
  • Life expectancy at birth: 81.5 years
  • Expected years of schooling: 17.6 years


So in short, according to the index the number one of the ten best countries to live is Norway. So if you want to emigrate at once, we willingly supply you with some stories on Norway to get ready.

Text: Anneke de Bundel – Images: Nicole Franken

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