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View Poll Results: What is the best country to live in?

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  • Australia

    7 12.28%
  • Austria

    1 1.75%
  • Britain

    6 10.53%
  • Canada

    8 14.04%
  • Denmark

    7 12.28%
  • France

    2 3.51%
  • Germany

    2 3.51%
  • Iceland

    8 14.04%
  • Ireland

    4 7.02%
  • Italy

    3 5.26%
  • Japan

    2 3.51%
  • Luxembourg

    3 5.26%
  • New Zealand

    6 10.53%
  • Norway

    10 17.54%
  • Spain

    1 1.75%
  • Sweden

    10 17.54%
  • Switzerland

    5 8.77%
  • USA

    23 40.35%
  • Other

    8 14.04%
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  1. #61
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    Quote Originally Posted by mippus View Post
    Where is "here"?
    Ops, sorry, I thought I had specified the location below my nickname. Anyway, north-eastern Italy, near Venice.
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    So now I know who the other person is that voted Italy

    I saw the discussion on corruptness. It is a criterion I would never really consider when thinking of the ideal country to live in. I'd think of climate, culture, savoir-vivre, food and available education and health-care. What other criteria do you take into account?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pure_mercury View Post
    The Economist had a governmental corruption index some years back. If I can find it, I would post it. The UK, I believe, was the least corrupt (and The Economist isn't really known for being biased toward its own government). The U.S. and Canada scored very well. Italy was easily the worst of the biggest economic powers. India also had a particularly corrupt (and gigantic) bureaucracy. Of course, governmental corruption is not the only kind there is in the world, but it's not a bad place to start. The amount of time and money it takes to get a business started (between regulations, red tape, and outright bribery) is another measurement.
    Yep, that fits with my experience. I'm an international tax advisor, so I regularly, on a daily basis, interact with people world wide on financial matters. The UK is the area that so far evidences the least expectation of corruption. Every country has its faults, but its pretty rare here to expect to offer bribes, strip stuff for personal use etc. The UK's fault is more likely that people might choose to avoid the system all together (rather than work it for personal purposes).

    The US is pretty similar in this regard, although just a little more often I come across something financial that smells. I wouldn't call either of them corrupt though, not by worldwide standards.

    The Middle East and bits of the Med can often be.. quite shocking to a sheltered Brit like me.

    If this seems like pro British bias.. it isn't.. there are plenty of faults (like pretty awful government services).

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    Quote Originally Posted by mippus View Post
    So now I know who the other person is that voted Italy

    I saw the discussion on corruptness. It is a criterion I would never really consider when thinking of the ideal country to live in. I'd think of climate, culture, savoir-vivre, food and available education and health-care. What other criteria do you take into account?
    Yeah, I agree with you that those criteria are among the best. Other criteria I take into account is availability of sporting structures and good scenery in terms of landscape (I'm a cyclist so I like to be in a place with some hills and mountains nearby)
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    Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Denmark... DAMN! WHERE IS FINLAND?

    I'd like to say Scandinavia in general. It's safe and clean here. The nature and the environment are quite awesome.

    Well, people tend to be quiet and reclusive. At least here in Finland.

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    colorful heart mode::: home, sweet home, your homeland is the best country.

    dark brain: australia!!! ireland too!

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    iceland... it's like cold hawaii!

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