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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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    Default What is the best country to live in?

    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:

    1 Ireland
    2 Switzerland
    3 Norway
    4 Luxembourg
    5 Sweden
    6 Australia
    7 Iceland
    8 Italy
    9 Denmark
    10 Spain
    13 USA
    25 France
    26 Germany
    29 Britain

    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".
    Personal Note
    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!

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    Is this a "Where should JAVO move to" poll and if so, are you prepared to learn the local language?

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    I like Suisse myself. Sadly, one cannot become a citizen there if one was not born there. There is no naturalization process.

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    Most of this doesn't surprise me, except for Ireland() and Australia, which every Australian seems to hate...
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    I understand that America is one of the countries where it is easiest to gain citizenship. I believe for the moment, America is still the best place to live. However, I think in time we will be dropping quite a few rungs on the ladder. Socialist Europe is looking more and more attractive each day, and certain members of my family say they would love to move to Russia because they have so little faith in the US. Personally, I've always wanted to spend a year in Japan because of my love of anime and their culture.

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    I'd pick one of the Scandinavian countries.

    I personaly have no problem with cold and snow.
    Those places have the lowest wealth divide in the world(which is a big plus for me) combined with a rather high GDP per capita.
    They are environmentally clean, and intellectual centers.
    The crime rates are low enough.

    I've always wanted to go to one of those places.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Economica View Post
    Is this a "Where should JAVO move to" poll
    Sort of. That's my purpose for posting it, but I don't really want people to respond with me in mind.


    Quote Originally Posted by Economica View Post
    and if so, are you prepared to learn the local language?
    That's part of the fun! I've always enjoyed and been good at learning new languages. Although I've only learned Spanish (4 years in high school).

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    I'd say Ireland is not a strange answer... Since the economic boom (that is still going on) it has become a real I-country. Northern Ireland i'd stay away from though... The endless conflict there makes me feeling so damn helpless.

    Neither is Australia... Let's just say I know a guy that SOOO wishes he was back in good ol' aussie land, but he's married and stuff and can't rip his kids away from their lives etc. Think about all the good stuff there is in Australia, like... THE SUN. We have real shorts summers up here in Scandinavia. It sucks. And then it doesn't really matter how high GDP per capita we have, it's all cold and dark most of the year. And well, let's just say social habits aren't as social up here, we don't really have much of the everyday gatherings at the local pub that you see in other countries for an example.

    The U.S. isn't a bad place either, IF you have a good enough income to afford getting sick when you end up that way, if you can't afford it, you're screwed for life. More or less.

    But me i'd probably stick with some european place still, like southwestern spain. It is real nice, and loads of girls from the U.K.

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    I choose Switzerland and USA, although Switzerland is a very expensive place to live comfortably unless you're financially set (from what I've heard).
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    Ireland would be good. And Iceland. Anywhere in the far north, really. It's too friggin hot here.

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