30 Best Countries To Live In 2016

By on January 13, 2016

If you are considering a relocation to a new country, the following 30 countries are the best to live in 2016. These countries were determined based on statistics about their quality of life, crime rate, healthcare and recreational activities. Whether you are a long-term expat or a beginning explorer, these are the nations you should put on your list of possible countries to live in.


30. Portugal

The sun always shines in balmy Portugal. Unlike most of Europe, Portugal receives a total of 3,300 hours of sunshine every year. Along with a comfortable average temperature it offers easy flights to Africa, the Americas and Europe. Due to this, the nation contains numerous international airports and flight options.

For safety and a friendly population, come to Portugal. This nation is known for having welcoming friendly people. It is estimated that nine out of ten people speak a foreign language, and English is one of the most common foreign languages. In addition, Portugal has a well-defined border and very little political instability.

While most of Europe has a high cost of living, Portugal is relatively cheap. It boasts of easy access to transportation, and it only takes about two hours to travel from northern Portugal to the south. With clear taxation laws, working in this country is straightforward and roadways are easy for newcomers to figure out as well.


29. Chile

Not long ago, Chile had a series of populist movements that threatened the instability of the nation. Since it has been decades since the nation had any political instability, it is a safe place to call home in modern times. Beyond being a safe location, Chili is known as the American Switzerland. It boasts of 3,000 miles of coast lines, which means that surfing, swimming and sun bathing are easy recreational options. Beyond just the beaches, the nation boasts of exciting, modern cities, amazing shopping options and wonderful weather. The closeness to the ocean allows moderate temperatures throughout the year for coastal communities.

In the Lake District, visitors can check out the green lakes and volcanoes that dot the area. This area is popular among nature lovers and skiers for the sleek mountains and abundant wildlife. To get to the Lake District, it only takes a little bit of effort. The public transportation system is efficient and well planned out, so it is easy to use for tourists in the country. With a bus, you can easily experience the four climates of the nation from mountain villages to coastal communities. Due to its fair cost of living, Huffington Post ranked this is one of the top nations to retire.

Before you leave the nation, you have to spend at least a few moments enjoying an ice cream cone. Ice cream is incredibly popular in Chile, so you will have to wait in line at the most popular stands. The wait is worth it, however, because the ice cream is unlike any that you have ever tasted.


28. Taiwan

Taiwan is lower down on this list of best countries to live in 2016 than it really ought to be. Mostly, this is due to the fact that it is finally starting to complete the transition from a third world nation to the first world nation. Despite the transitional phase, Taiwan offers amazing healthcare. Through an employer, you often pay as little as $30 to $50 a month for care. When you go to the doctor, no appointments are needed. It takes as little as 15 minutes to get a diagnosis, and the co-pay is generally $3. A major surgery only costs about $10. Despite the low cost, the doctors, facilities and staff are decidedly first world.

Beyond the excellent healthcare, Taiwan is known for having a rich history and kind-hearted people. The Chinese tradition of “Ren Chi Wei” (hospitality) is still going strong. It is completely normal for someone to notice that you are a foreigner and invite you to lunch or on a shopping trip.

Once you get out, you will notice some of the most amazing sights in all of Asia. Taroko National Park offers white water rafting, amazing valleys, scenic cliffs and gorgeous waterfalls. The most famous section of this park is known as the Tunnel of Nine Turns. Beyond the park, you could check out the Penghu Islands or Kinmen to the north. Kinmen is known for making a harsh liquor, and old jokes say that even if the Chinese attacked, they would not leave Kinmen because of the tasty alcohol.

Boasting of exceptional economic freedom and economic equality, Taiwan is committed to freedom of the press and public education. It also happens to have the world’s best Chinese art museum. When Chiang Kai Shek fled the communists in the 1940s, he swept all of the Chinese art he found along the way with him. Due to this, you can see more than 650,000 examples of calligraphy, Chinese artifacts, jade and historical items in the museum. For nature lovers, Yang Ming Mountain, Sun Moon Lake, Da’an Park, the Luodong Sports Park, and Alishan National Scenic Area are sites to see. Shopping can be enjoyed at the multi-block Jade and Craft market in Taipei or Ximending. Add all of this to a low cost of living and you have one of the world’s best countries to live in in 2016.


27. Japan

Although the cost of living is high, Japan makes up for it with a wealth of amenities. It has the highest life expectancy in the world and an extremely high literacy rate. Boasting of top notch healthcare, Japan also has a history of providing religious freedom. Diseases and chronic illnesses are kept to a minimum through a healthy national diet and quality healthcare.

This nation also ranked in the top 10 for the world’s safest nations due to the strict punishments and law-abiding citizens. They prioritize cleanliness, and garbage men (called health engineers in Japan) must pass certificate courses before they can even apply for this $8,000 a month job. Although the work pressure is high in all fields, the kindness of friends and co-workers make up for it.

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26. South Korea

Although South Korea has freezing winters, the summers are wonderful here. The nation offers a high level of technology and South Koreans use their credit cards more than anyone else around the world. High-speed Internet and Wi-Fi hot spots are readily available throughout the country. An estimated 82.7 percent of South Koreans regularly use the Internet. Due to this, they have systems in place like GPS in taxis, a virtual supermarket and even bus stops have digital countdowns.

Other than plastic surgery tourists, South Korean regularly draws a steady tour of expats. American military forces are stationed here, while English teachers are drawn to the nation. English teaching is a common job for expats because airfare, housing and salary is normally provided.

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25. Italy

Italy is one of the most popular travel destinations on the planet. This rich culture is home to some of the world’s most delectable cuisines. Ranging from lasagna to gelato, Italy is a foodie’s dream. Classic monuments, ancient artwork, world-class museums and fine dining round out the reasons why this is one of the top places to live.

Beyond amazing amenities, Italy has a geography that makes it one of the word’s finest places to explore. There are a total of 27 marine parks and plenty of Mediterranean beaches for swimming, sub bathing and beach coming. With over 4,600 miles of coastline, Italy is the perfect spot for beach lovers and sailors alike.

The people of Italy are known for being extremely welcoming to foreigners and friends are easy to make. An estimated 6 percent of the population here is based on expats, so there is a thriving community of foreigners to enjoy. Home to some of the best artists in history, Italy is a place you have to see at least once in your life.

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24. The United States

The United States is a cultural melting pot where immigrants from a wide range of cultures come to interact. Although you normally see guns, drugs and violence on television about the United States, the actual people are quite friendly. The United States is known for being a land of innovation, and the great racial diversity of this country makes it a place where creativity and new ideas thrive.

Politically, the United States is based on a two-party system unintentionally. Although this limits their ability to choose between multiple options at elections, the system makes up for it by allowing free speech, freedom to (and from) religion and a free press. It is possible for anyone in the United States to speak against the government or political leaders.

Beyond politics, the United States has a rich variety of cultures intermingled within it. Each state is almost like a different culture. While the American south loves fried food, football, rodeos and southern courtesies, the Pacific Northwest is a relaxed environment filled with Asian cuisine, organic co-ops and hiking trails. United by a belief in the Constitution, freedom and love of football, Americans are remarkably friendly once you get to know them. While big cities like Los Angeles and New York City may be standoffish, rural areas and small towns are exceptionally welcoming.

Hot spots in the country include Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon and Hollywood. While you can enjoy gambling and illicit nightlife in Las Vegas, Hollywood offers a chance to rub elbows (if you are lucky) with the stars. Meanwhile, other top destinations like Pike Place Market in Seattle, Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico and Time Square in New York City mean that you are never at a loss for things to do.

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23. The United Arab Emirates 

Due to a large oil boom, the United Arab Emirates has an extremely high level of income. Whether residents are wealthy or poor (and few residents are poor in this rich nation), they are not taxed on their income. Officially, the United Arab Emirates has the fourth largest oil reserves in the world. Beyond the 7 percent of the GDP that is attributed to oil, the rest of the economy in the United Arab Emirates is driven by industrial organizations and new technology.

This country is known as the United Arab Emirates because it consists of seven emirates: Khaimah, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Dubai, Umm al-Quwain , Adjman and Fujairah. The nation is primarily Islamic and Arabic is the official language. Due to the Sharia law practiced by their religion, homosexuality is a capital offense that can be punished by stoning or amputation. Kissing in public is punished by 80 lashes of the whip and premarital sex receives 100.

While in this nation, you can check out the Burj Khalifa skyscraper, which is the tallest building in the world. Although the culture in interesting, the shopping is amazing and the food is unique, be wary of what you do while in the United Arab Emirates. Drinking, smoking and eating is forbidden in public during the month of Ramadan.

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22. Costa Rica

Costa Ricans and expats in the area enjoy an extremely high level of contentment and satisfaction. After all, how could you be sad when you are living in paradise? This green nation is known for a host of parks, tropical jungles and beaches. Surfers and beach combers alike can enjoy an outing to this balmy wonderland.

Beyond just having an amazing geography, Costa Rica has extremely friendly people and business opportunities are abundant. To ensure free public education and universal healthcare, the nation cut back on its standing army. Despite not having a standing army large enough to mention, the nation enjoys a high level of safety and low level of crime rates. Currently, the life expectancy for Costa Ricans is at about 79 years old. In addition, this nation is up-to-date with most current technology, so high speed Internet is readily available in urban and rural areas.


21. France

The city of love is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. In addition, the Louvre Museum in Paris is the most visited art museum in the world. Amazing cuisine, a rich culture and a thriving literary history are all a part of the reason why France is such an amazing place to live at. The fashion forward French are the world leaders in haute couture.

After winning the title of best place in the world five times from the International Living Magazine, France has earned a well-deserved reputation for being an amazing home for expats. While here, expats can enjoy excellent healthcare, a high quality of life, TGV trains, ski resorts and a warm climate. Although France is generally welcoming to immigrants, there has been some controversy over the six million Muslim immigrants who have chosen France as their home. In total, France has the highest proportion of the Muslim population in all of Europe.


20. Slovenia

As a country in southern central Europe, Slovenia is often overlooked by tourists and expats. Although it may be overlooked, this does not stop Slovenia from being one of the best spots for foreigners to live. With a population of just two million, this nation has an extremely low crime rate. The people are friendly and welcoming. This nation regularly ranks highly on lists of happiest nations, and it boasts of a stable government.

Slovenia offers a decent level of income, a good economy, great education options and a favorable work/life balance. When you have free time after work, the architecture of locations like Predjama Castle are must-see tourist spots. Spectacular scenery like the mountains and Lake Bled are other locations that you should take time to check out.


19. Belgium

Voted as one of the best places to live, Belgium has a long history and unique cultural. In total, this nation has three national languages. Due to its thriving American, French and Japanese expat community, it is easy to find cuisines and language speakers from around the world. In addition, Belgium offers information and resources to help newcomers live in the country.

Other than a welcoming population and multicultural atmosphere, Belgium is known for having one of the best healthcare systems in the world. To reach various cities, it only takes a few minutes because the network of waterways, roads and trains is one of the densest globally. If these factors are not enough for you, try some Belgium chocolate to discover why Belgium products are known for being some of the globe’s best.


18. Spain

One of the must-see events in Spain is La Tomatina. During this festival, visitors come from around the world on the last Wednesday of August. When the one-hour event starts, everyone starts to throw tomatoes in a free-for-all food fight. If food fights are not up your alley, check out El Camino de Santiago. This pilgrimage is famous due to the book by Paulo Coelho and the movie by Martin Sheen. It stretches across Europe, but most pilgrims start in Roncesvalles or Pamplona before walking the 800 kilometers to Santiago de Compostela.

Other than amazing sites like Flamenco dancing, world-class wineries and top soccer teams, Spain is also known for being the third most visited nation in 2014. It has an impressive number of world heritage sites and delicious coffee. Known for a nightlife that never sleeps, Spain is a hot spot for bars, clubs and wineries. Fortunately, the nation has a custom of taking a nationwide siesta (nap) every day, so the late nights do not cut into your sleep time. Top cities in this nation include Barcelona, Madrid and Leon. If cities and pilgrimages are not your favorite outings, check out Spain’s many beaches and islands.


17. Singapore

Singapore is one of the top five financial centers of the world. Within this country, you will discover the noteworthy Singapore Zoo and Night Safari. Boasting of rare items and top zoological attractions, it is a must-see tourist destination for any family. It has one of the highest costs of living in the world, and it has one of the highest percentage of millionaire households in the world.

Founded in modern history by Sang Nila Utama, this nation has an island that resembles a lion. The lion-shape of the Temasek Island is the reason for the name “Singapura” (Lion City). Due to its hot climate, residents can comfortably spend the day at the beach in just a swimsuit or shorts. In addition, this nation has one of the world’s best international airports, which is called Changi Airport.

Outside of a high population density, this nation has top universities and business. It was ranked by the World Bank as the easiest place to run or start a business in 2012. With a predominantly Buddhist population, this nation has a commitment to a clean environment and ranks in the top five nations on the Environmental Performance index. Boasting of an exceptional schooling system, the Nanyang Technological University and the National University of Singapore are found here. You can also expect to find plenty of casinos and gambling spots. In addition, it is one of the best places to dock and repair ships, run logistics and do oil refining.

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16. The United Kingdom

Shakespeare would approve of the United Kingdom’s inclusion on this list! If you are just traveling, the United Kingdom is one of the best spots to go in Europe. Although it has a high cost of living, it makes up with it by offering affordable tourist sites. Many of the museums like the Tate Modern are free for visitors (unlike France where a museum ticket can cost $30). In addition, London offers the phenomenal history and architecture of Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London and Big Ben.

In reality, the United Kingdom is a conglomerate of four nations: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. While most outsiders think of England as the United Kingdom, there are three other countries to explore within this country. Check out the rolling green hills of Ireland, the purple moors of Scotland or visit Stonehenge. Other hot spots include the Jewel Tower, the Royal Observatory in Greenwich and Windsor Castle.

Living in the United Kingdom is great if you can get a work or residency visa. Most Commonwealth nations can easily have a working holiday in the United Kingdom where jobs at restaurants, bars and tourist spots are fairly easy to find. Once you are in the United Kingdom, you can enjoy having a decent standard of living, inexpensive healthcare and good schools.


15. Germany

Germany has developed a reputation over the centuries for precision and efficient production. A disproportion the Nobel prize winners for physics, medicine, chemistry and physiology are from Germany. Today, the nation offers world famous brands like Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Nivea, Siemens, Adidas, Audi, Bayer, Volkswagon and Bosch. Globally, German companies and employees are known for being innovation, exceptionally skilled and minimally corrupt.

Out of the European Union, Germany has the largest population and is known for being the economic powerhouse of the European Union. It consists of 16 different states that are called “Lander”, while the capital is located in Berlin. Out of all of the nations in the world, Germany is only beaten by the United States when it comes to getting expatriates.

For recreational options, check out football and beer. Football (American soccer) is a national pastime, and Germany has won the FIFA World Cup in 1954, 1974, 1990 and 2014. It has also had the honor of playing host to the FIFA World Cup in both 1974 and 2006. If football (soccer) is not your favorite pastime, you can always check out Oktoberfest. During this festival, people gather from across the world to enjoy Germany’s renown beer and cuisine.


14. Austria

When Europe was in the middle of an economic crisis, Australia only had an economic drop of 0.1 percent. This stalwart nation is an excellent place to do business. The capital, Vienna, has actually had a long history of being the historic, economic and political nexus of Austria. Boasting of a population of 1.731 million people, Vienna has an average annual income of €19,769 per capita. This fact makes Vienna the capital with the highest per capita GDP of any nation in the world.

Up to 2012, Austria has had the distinction of being the birthplace of 19 Nobel Laureates. It has a rich infrastructure that has been remade from old structures and roads in the nation. Each year, Austria draws five million tourists to its many recreational, cultural and historic sites. It is a well-developed nation that saves an average of $28,852 per person every year. To see the history of this nation firsthand, checl out the Schobrunn Palace. Built in 1551, it is one of the largest tourist sites in the world.


13. Canada

Canada is known for being one of the best countries in the world for immigrants. It is one of the largest nations in the world, but has an extremely small population for its land mass due to the frigid temperatures of northern Canada. Due to the chilliness of the north, more than half of Canada’s population is location along the United States border. People in Canada are friendly and courteous, which makes this a great place to retire to. It has a unique universal healthcare and pension program that makes it easier to live for retired folks. This is a good thing since 14.0 percent of the population is over the age of 65, and this percentage is expected to double over the next 25 years.

Each year, Canada’s tourist industry brings in about $81.9 billion. Although tourists bring in a lot of money, Canadians make an estimated 10 million overseas trips annually. When combined with the high immigration rate, this factor creates an atmosphere that is culturally eclectic and welcoming to immigrants. Children typically earn double the amount their families do, which allows poor families to rise quickly through the economic ranks. In addition, the nation has a low unemployment rate and the 14th biggest economy. Although they earn a lot, the nation still focuses on providing a high standard of living and personal satisfaction for citizens. The nation has one of the lowest suicide rates, and 64 percent of Canadians give money to charities.

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12. Ireland

Although it may be small, Ireland has an outsized reputation abroad. Get rid of your notions about potatoes, pots of gold and leprechauns because the real Ireland is much more intriguing. Despite not having a standing army, Ireland is a relatively safe place to call home. Low tax laws and limited startup requirements make this one of the top places in the world to own, run or register a business.

Outside of the economy and government, the real experience of Ireland is unlike any other. The scenery is some of the most amazing in the world, and the food tastes just as good as it looks in the fields. In addition, the Irish are an extremely friendly. If you are a golf player, you can enjoy playing at some of the world’s top courses since Ireland has some of the best golf players in the globe. If golf is not your passion, you can always check out some of the many castles that dot Ireland’s emerald coastlines.


11. Finland

As one of the Nordic countries, Finland has reached an impressive level of industrialization. It has a history of providing citizens with the best level of education and quality healthcare of any similar nation. More importantly, the people of Finland place a strong focus on the political, social and economic equality of its citizens. Due to these cultural values, the nation has a 100 percent literacy rate. The OECD even reported that Finnish children are the best readers in the globe.

Although it does not get a lot of press about its economy, Finland is extremely industrialize. It has a strong manufacturing industry that is focused on chemicals, electronics, machinery, metals and equipment. Through the economic success of these and other industries, the people are able to enjoy a high quality of life. Low corruption rates, a high life expectancy and a good work/life balance make this one of the best places to live.

With such a focus on the environment and the outdoors, Finns often enjoy spending their vacations outdoors. An estimated 80 percent of households possess one or more summer or lake cottage. This is actually easier to do than you would think because Finland has 187,888 lakes. Known for having some of the world’s best metal bands, this nation is also recognized for its thriving coffee culture and 90 days of maternity leave.

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10. The Netherlands

When you live within the Netherlands, you can enjoy a high quality of living and a environmentally friendly country. On your first visit to the country, one of the first things that you will notice are the hundreds of bikes that are parked along the streets. The Dutch care about the environment, and biking is a health activity, so you can expect to find many bicycles everywhere you go. This is great, however, because it means that you can easily take a sunny bike ride along the canals, the Amsterdam city center or a country village.

Beyond being a wonderful place to live, the people of the Netherlands are extremely friendly. The nation provides inexpensive or free schooling for every student. Due to this, most students end up getting a master’s or doctoral degree after their bachelor’s. While in the nation, make sure to check out Amsterdam and the many top schools in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is a good starting place because you can check out the some of the marijuana and espresso cafes firsthand, look at historic churches, wander the canals and see the Anne Frank Museum. And if this type of thing is of interest to you, the Netherlands also has a legalized red light district. You will want to figure out where it is in advance (even if you do not want to go) so that you do not end up horribly surprised when you turn the corner to a new street.

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9. New Zealand

Out of all of the population of New Zealand, only 5 percent is comprised of humans. The rest is made up entirely of animals. Due to this, New Zealand is a wonderful place to go for visitors who enjoy the great outdoors. If you are not interested in outdoor living, you can enjoy the 1,076 foot tall Sky Tower in Auckland. While there, you can dine in the revolving 360 degree restaurant called the Orbit.

Other than a thriving wildlife and welcoming people, this country is also known for having one of the lowest levels of corruption in the world. A high standard of living, economic prosperity and easy employment options make this a favorite for expats. The current working holiday scheme means that many expats can enjoy a trip to New Zealand where jobs are abundant. For a breath of fresh air, make sure to visit verdant New Zealand.


8. Qatar

As one of the few Middle Eastern nations on this list, Qatar is an exception in more ways than one. It was originally at the best nation spot in 2010 after it gained the rights to hold the 2022 FIFA World Cup. This honor made it the first Middle Eastern country to host the World Cup, and its status as the second richest nation in the world might be why.

Beyond Qatar’s riches, it is known for having an exceptionally low unemployment rate and low tax rate. Unemployment was at just 0.1 percent in 2013, and Qatar simultaneously enjoyed the highest literacy rate in the Arabic-speaking world. Currently, about 14 percent of the population consists of millionaires, although 94 percent of the population consists of migrants from other nations.

Ruled by the Al Thani family, this nation has some strict rules about what you can and cannot do. Expats and tourists need to be careful about what they wear or they will get in trouble Sleeveless shirts, dresses and tight clothes should not be worn in public. Women should also avoid wearing miniskirts or leggings, while both genders should avoid shorts. Remember: Qatar is a follower of Sharia law, so stoning and whipping are legal punishments.

For tourist outings, visitors should check out the Dhal Al Misfir cave, the Al Zubara Fort, the Khor Al Adaid inland sea or the Desert Roses. Educational options in the area are abundant, and there are many international schools. Qatar has actually designed an education city, and there are expected to be branches of colleges like Wieill Cornell Medical College, the Northwestern Medill School of Journalism and the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.


7. Switzerland

Switzerland has a history of 500 years of peace that it has continued to the current era. This makes Switzerland one of the safest nations in the world. In addition, it boasts of a high quality of life, excellent healthcare, a strong economy and amazing destinations. Famous for its banking system, the nation is also well-respected for being the headquarters of the Red Cross and the maker of Swiss chocolates and cheeses.

With a small population of just 7.2 million, Switzerland has an impressive number of national languages. Over the years, it has focused on encouraging labor specialization, which has made it a heavyweight in the global economy considering its size. Zurich is the capital and the showcase of Swiss life, although you should definitely explore outside of the main city. The Swiss Alps have been a popular tourist destination for centuries and are an excellent place to go if you want to escape from the summertime heat. This country is not cheap though, so either get a job in the country or prepare to have a fat pocketbook before you book your flight.


6. Luxembourg

It is impressive that such a small nation would rank so highly on this list. Although it is one of the world’s smallest countries, it also happens to be one of the wealthiest nations in the world. Currently, it boasts of the highest GDP per capita on earth. With its high quality of life, Luxembourg offers easy access to high speed Internet. Due to this, Skype is actually headquartered within the nation.

Spanning just 2,58.3 kilometers squared, this nation is a nexus of ancient history, architecture and cultures. Before you leave, you have to make sure to check out the gorgeous Vianden Castle. Nature lovers and skateboarding afficionados will also enjoy a tour of the Red Rock Skate Park or the Butterfly Garden.

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5. Iceland

Grab your winter coat and prepare for a trip to beautiful Iceland! Home to volcanoes, glaciers and stunning mountains, Iceland has a literacy rate of 99.9 percent. It was ranked by Forbes as the cleanest nation in the world and had a GDP of $12.3 billion in 2011. Since it uses geothermal and hydroelectric energy, accessing power has never been an issue, and Iceland is actually the world’s top energy producer.

Rather than waste money on an army, Iceland uses coast guards and rescue teams for their immediate needs. It was named the most peaceful nation in the world for seven years running by the Institute of Economics and Peace. Beyond exceptional safety, health, clean air and clean water measures, the nation is also recognized for having some of the world’s best hot springs and geysers. Don’t be too worried about the volcano—it is generally too far away from most towns to be a problem, although it is active.

Culturally, Icelandic writers have made waves in literature. Halldor Laxness won the Nobel Prize in 1955 for literature. The Icelanders are actually extremely protective of their language and have maintained roughly the same dialect for nearly 1,000 years without any major changes. If you want to experience the culture, check out their national game: handball. You can also check out the parliament building since their parliament has been in operation for over 1,000 years. The only downside to this nation is the lack of public transportation. Railways are essentially non-existent, so expect to take a car to most destinations.

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4. Australia

Go down under and experience firsthand why Australia is one of the best countries to live in 2016. This nation has a high per capita income, a relatively high minimum wage and some of the world’s most famous companies. A long life expectancy, top schools and an internationally-focused attitude make this an excellent nation for expats. In addition, the nation as a 2015 GDP of $1 trillion.

While you are exploring this nation, make sure to check out the wombat and the dingo, which are not native to any other part of the world. Fraser Island and the Great Barrier Reef are two top destinations, although the Pinnacles, Flinders Range and Nambung National Park are worth checking out.

For residents, an aged pension, spousal pension and partner allowance makes retirement comparably comfortable compared to most nations. Boasting of a literacy rate of 99 percent, this nation also has some of the top schools in the world, which makes it an excellent stopping place for long-term expatriates.


3. Norway

Like most northern European nations, Norway boasts of a high GDP and per capita income. Shipping is one of its main exports, but hydroelectric power, petroleum exploration and fisheries bring in a significant portion of GDP. Since oil manufacturing is based on a socialist system, it actually serves to benefit every person in the nation.

To check out some of the interesting sites in the area, start by traveling down the Laerdal tunnel. This tunnel is 24.5 kilometers long, which makes it officially the longest tunnel in the world. The Naeroyfjord and Geirangerfjord are on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Meanwhile, you can take advantage of around-the-clock sunlight in the northern parts of Norway where you can also see reindeer herders.

With one of the world’s best education systems, Norway has managed to produce more than its fair share of Nobel Prize winners and the Norwegian Nobel Committee is actually responsible for some selections. In 2014, the Norwegians Edvard Moser and May-Britt Moser jointly won the Nobel Prize for literature.


2. Sweden

Parents in Sweden are granted 15 months of parental leave at 80 percent of their salary whenever they have children. Once the parents are ready to go back to work, you can basically have free day care services. Most day cares charge $120 a month, but the government reimburses some or all of that amount through child benefit plans.

Most of the Swedish economy is based on timber, hydroelectric power, pharmaceuticals, timber, industrial machines, home appliances, chemical goods, vehicles and forestry. It has a GDP growth of 3.1 percent for 2015 and a gender equal environment for residents. From sledding in the freezing winters to hopping a train to remote villages, Sweden is one of thes best places to live in the world.


1. Denmark

Denmark tops the list as the best place to live in the world for 2016. It has a crime rate and homicide rate that is nearly at zero, and the government is essentially corruption free. Due to this stable environment, the nation has had impressively stable economic growth. On the world happiness report, Denmark was given the title of the happiest country in the world.

Like Sweden, the Danes have a long parental leave. Parents can take up to 52 weeks of parental leave. While women receive payment for 18 of these weeks, men are paid for 2 weeks of their parental leave. Due to the many laws on gender equality and parental leave, a high percentage of women in Denmark are able to return to their workplace at the same positive and pay as when they left. Part of this could also be due to the free or low cost childcare available in the country. Healthcare is also considered a basic right, and the Danish remain remarkably healthy due to their healthcare and tendency to bike everywhere. With a long history and amazing ambiance, Denmark is both the happiest country and the best place to live in 2016.

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