What is the best country to live in based on overall quality of life for an average middle class person or family?
Edit: Feel free to vote for more than one.
Post a few words listing the advantages that country has over the others if you have time, such as ("low crime, nice weather").
Here is an article about Economist magazine's choices for 2005. (There's another ranking due out for 2008 for subscribers.)
Here are Economist magazine's 2005 rankings:
Personal Note1 Ireland
Researchers took into account not just income, but other factors considered important to people's satisfaction and well-being.
They included health, freedom, unemployment, family life, climate, political stability and security, gender equality and family and community life.
The Economist said: "Ireland wins because it successfully combines the most desirable elements of the new, such as low unemployment and political liberties, with the preservation of certain cosy elements of the old, such as stable family and community life."
The magazine admits that measuring quality of life is not a straightforward thing to do, and that its findings will have their critics - "except, of course, in Ireland".
A few years ago, it dawned on me that I live in the US simply because I was born here. To make things worse, I live in the same city I was born in! I began exploring my options of which country I would prefer to live in. Really I would estimate there is only a 20-30% chance that I would move to another country, but at least I'll have considered the options and made a rational choice. My international travels consist of two visits to Canada!