Best Countries To Live In 2019

When it comes to choosing the best country to live in, the answer you come up with might differ from the answers of other people, especially because it all depends on what you are using to define a country as being the best. Whether it’s happiness levels, overall financial stability, type of climate, or something completely unrelated to any of these suggestions, the definition of the number one country to live in is entirely subjective.

That said, there have been many surveys conducted regarding the overall consensus as to which countries are superior in terms of livability. Various news outlets and data collectors have unveiled their findings as to which countries people view as being the best to call home.

You may have heard of the method of conducting surveys of this magnitude before, but just in case you are less familiar with it, let’s review the process of figuring out which countries are the best ones to reside in, according to a variety of factors.

So, there is something called the Human Development Report, which is a summary comprised by the United Nations to express global satisfaction with life, as well as depict an overview of what it's like to be alive on Earth in this day and age. It is arguably one of the top resources for determining which countries have the happiest, healthiest, and most stable populations compared to everywhere else in the world. Essentially, the Human Development Report summarizes how people feel about our planet as a whole, and then it goes on to discuss, in detail, which countries are best to live in, thus comparing the most satisfied populations with the most unhappy countries in the world.

The variables that this official UN report takes into account include equality among genders, literacy, average life expectancy, and financial stability. For the sake of this article, we will abide by the regulations put forward by the United Nations in drafting and publishing this report on the best countries to live in around the world. If you have other factors that you deem to be important to consider, then by all means come to a conclusion of your own. These are the claims of one report, but that does not mean other countries are not amazing as well.

Without further ado, here are the top places to live according to the United Nations' Human Development Report, in ascending order:

  1. Norway
  2. Switzerland
  3. Australia
  4. Ireland
  5. Germany
  6. Iceland
  7. Sweden
  8. Hong Kong
  9. Singapore
  10. The Netherlands

So, the report determines that the best country to live in is Norway! Let’s talk about all the reasons why each country made the list, as well as the primary factor that sets Norway apart from all other countries around the globe.

1. Norway

The United Nations listed Norway as the best country to live in primarily because all of the factors the researchers took into consideration were good marks on behalf of Norway. The European country excels in all the areas that the UN looked at, which you could say is purely based on luck. However, even so, Norway is a good fit for the credentials that the United Nations took into account, which is impressive altogether. People in Norway live to be upwards of eighty-two years old, on average.

The UN attributes this wonderful statistic to the healthcare system that is in place in Norway. Norwegians are covered by a healthcare system funded by the general public, so unlike places such as the United States, residents of Norway receive healthcare and medical attention no matter what. It is not a burden or a privilege for people in Norway to get the professional help and annual checkups that are so necessary for overall health, leading to a higher life expectancy overall.

2. Switzerland

The health of people who live in Switzerland is outrageously impressive. Like Norway, Switzerland’s life expectancy was a factor the United Nations applauds Switzerland for, particularly due to the lack of fatal diseases present in the residents of Switzerland. Surprisingly, even though Switzerland was beat by Norway for the title of the number one country to live in, Switzerland’s life expectancy is slighter higher than that of Norway. People in Switzerland live to be about eighty-three years old. Switzerland is a prime example of how taking care of yourself will result in wondrous things, but this is a privilege that not all countries award their citizens.

3. Australia

As the second best country to live in according to the Human Development Report, Australia is praised by the United Nations for its emphasis on education and the importance of going to school. There is a healthy level of pressure to not only attend school, but to perform exceptionally and take pride in academic marks.

The average number of years that Australians attend school for is roughly twenty years old, meaning most Australian children remain enrolled in the education system until they graduate from an undergraduate college. As with every situation, there are exceptions, but the education in Australia accounts for more than five percent of the country’s GDP, so that’s something for which Australia deserves to be recognized.

4. Ireland

Ireland is an amazing place to live because it is one of the safest countries around the world. The levels of criminal activity in Ireland are lower than ever, and the prevalence of homicidal behavior is at a bare minimum.

5. Germany

Something that stands out a lot about Germany is that the country places an emphasis on education. Much like Australia, Germany values the education of its citizens. Nearly the entire population of Germany has received higher education, with only four percent of people in Germany having not endured college classes or post-graduate schooling.

6. Iceland

Iceland bodes well in terms of life expectancy and healthcare accessibility. The average lifetime of citizens in Iceland is around 83 years of age. There are still some places around the world where people do not live beyond forty years old, so Iceland is impressive for having a life expectancy of nearly double that of other countries.

7. Sweden

Sweden has a strong social welfare system, providing strong healthcare and free education. Sweden’s social model focuses on growth, equality, freedom, and security. Sweden also has great conditions for workers, such as a minimum of five weeks vacation and a government organization that supports entrepreneurs looking to start a company. Lastly, like the other Nordic countries, Sweden has very low rates of violent crime (1.14 incidents per 100,000 people) and ranks well for overall health and wellbeing.

8. Hong Kong

Hong Kong is a major international financial center with a high quality of life. Hong Kong has very low taxes, the highest income tax at 17%, making it attractive for businessmen. Additionally, like many of the other countries on this list, Hong Kong has very low crime rates despite being a very densely populated urban area. Many believe that Hong Kong is the perfect blend of East and West cultures with colonial buildings, temples, and ancient traditions and festivals living side-by-side with modern public transportation and tall glass skyscrapers.

9. Singapore

Singapore earned the title of being the fifth best country to live in, alongside the European country of Denmark. Even though the two countries are on an even playing field, Singapore still holds the sixth line of the list of best countries to call home. Singapore received high levels of recognition from the UN especially because of the country’s life expectancy rates and the overall attention paid to the healthcare system.

10. The Netherlands

The Netherlands compares to Denmark in the sense that the Netherlands does not have as high of a wage gap as many countries around the world still do. In fact, the inequality rate among wages in the Netherlands is roughly 12.4% which sounds high, but if you return to the data about the wage gap percentage of the United States, you’ll find that the Netherlands still out does the USA in terms of fair pay across the board.

Country Human Development Index Population 2019
Niger0.35423,310,715
Central African Republic0.3674,745,185
South Sudan0.38811,062,113
Chad0.40415,946,876
Burundi0.41711,530,580
Sierra Leone0.4197,813,215
Burkina Faso0.42320,321,378
Mali0.42719,658,031
Liberia0.4354,937,374
Mozambique0.43730,366,036
Eritrea0.443,497,117
Yemen0.45229,161,922
Guinea Bissau0.4551,920,922
Dr Congo0.45786,790,567
Guinea0.45912,771,246
Gambia0.462,347,706
Ethiopia0.463112,078,730
Djibouti0.476973,560
Malawi0.47718,628,747
Ivory Coast0.49225,716,544
Haiti0.49811,263,077
Afghanistan0.49838,041,754
Sudan0.50242,813,238
Comoros0.503850,886
Togo0.5038,082,366
Senegal0.50516,296,364
Benin0.51511,801,151
Uganda0.51644,269,594
Madagascar0.51926,969,307
Lesotho0.522,125,268
Mauritania0.524,525,696
Rwanda0.52412,626,950
Nigeria0.532200,963,599
Zimbabwe0.53514,645,468
Tanzania0.53858,005,463
Papua New Guinea0.5448,776,109
Solomon Islands0.546669,823
Cameroon0.55625,876,380
Pakistan0.562216,565,318
Nepal0.57428,608,710
Myanmar0.57854,045,420
Angola0.58131,825,295
Cambodia0.58216,486,542
Zambia0.58817,861,030
Sao Tome And Principe0.589215,056
Kenya0.5952,573,973
Equatorial Guinea0.5911,355,986
Ghana0.59230,417,856
Laos0.6017,169,455
Vanuatu0.603299,882
Republic Of The Congo0.6065,380,508
Bangladesh0.608163,046,161
Kiribati0.612117,606
Bhutan0.612763,092
Honduras0.6179,746,117
Micronesia0.627113,815
India0.641,366,417,754
Namibia0.6472,494,530
Guatemala0.6517,581,472
Tajikistan0.659,321,018
Cape Verde0.654549,935
Guyana0.654782,766
Nicaragua0.6586,545,502
Morocco0.66736,471,769
Kyrgyzstan0.6726,415,850
El Salvador0.6746,453,553
Iraq0.68539,309,783
Palestine0.6864,981,420
Bolivia0.69311,513,100
Indonesia0.694270,625,568
Vietnam0.69496,462,106
Egypt0.696100,388,073
Philippines0.699108,116,615
South Africa0.69958,558,270
Moldova0.74,043,263
Gabon0.7022,172,579
Paraguay0.7027,044,636
Libya0.7066,777,452
Turkmenistan0.7065,942,089
Marshall Islands0.70858,791
Belize0.708390,353
Uzbekistan0.7132,981,716
Samoa0.713197,097
Dominica0.71571,808
Maldives0.717530,953
Botswana0.7172,303,697
Suriname0.72581,372
Saint Vincent And The Grenadines0.723110,589
Tonga0.726104,494
Jamaica0.7322,948,279
Jordan0.73510,101,694
Tunisia0.73511,694,719
Dominican Republic0.73610,738,958
Fiji0.741889,953
Mongolia0.7413,225,167
Colombia0.74750,339,443
Saint Lucia0.747182,790
Peru0.7532,510,453
Ukraine0.75143,993,638
China0.7521,433,783,686
Ecuador0.75217,373,662
Algeria0.75443,053,054
Armenia0.7552,957,731
Thailand0.75569,625,582
Azerbaijan0.75710,047,718
Lebanon0.7576,855,713
Brazil0.759211,049,527
Venezuela0.76128,515,829
Bosnia And Herzegovina0.7683,301,000
Sri Lanka0.7721,323,733
Grenada0.772112,003
Mexico0.774127,575,529
Cuba0.77711,333,483
Saint Kitts And Nevis0.77852,823
Georgia0.783,996,765
Antigua And Barbuda0.7897,118
Trinidad And Tobago0.7841,394,973
Albania0.7852,880,917
Serbia0.7878,772,235
Panama0.7894,246,439
Mauritius0.791,269,668
Turkey0.79183,429,615
Costa Rica0.7945,047,561
Seychelles0.79797,739
Iran0.79882,913,906
Palau0.79818,008
Kazakhstan0.818,551,427
Barbados0.8287,025
Malaysia0.80231,949,777
Kuwait0.8034,207,083
Uruguay0.8043,461,734
Bahamas0.807389,482
Belarus0.8089,452,411
Romania0.81119,364,557
Bulgaria0.8137,000,119
Montenegro0.814627,987
Russia0.816145,872,256
Oman0.8214,974,986
Argentina0.82544,780,677
Croatia0.8314,130,304
Hungary0.8389,684,679
Chile0.84318,952,038
Bahrain0.8461,641,172
Latvia0.8471,906,743
Portugal0.84710,226,187
Saudi Arabia0.85334,268,528
Brunei0.853433,285
Slovakia0.8555,457,013
Qatar0.8562,832,067
Andorra0.85877,142
Lithuania0.8582,759,627
United Arab Emirates0.8639,770,529
Poland0.86537,887,768
Cyprus0.8691,198,575
Greece0.8710,473,455
Estonia0.8711,325,648
Malta0.878440,372
Italy0.8860,550,075
Spain0.89146,736,776
Slovenia0.8962,078,654
France0.90165,129,728
Israel0.9038,519,377
South Korea0.90351,225,308
Luxembourg0.904615,729
Austria0.9088,955,102
Japan0.909126,860,301
Liechtenstein0.91638,019
Belgium0.91611,539,328
New Zealand0.9174,783,063
Finland0.925,532,156
United Kingdom0.92267,530,172
United States0.924329,064,917
Canada0.92637,411,047
Denmark0.9295,771,876
Netherlands0.93117,097,130
Singapore0.9325,804,337
Hong Kong0.9337,436,154
Sweden0.93310,036,379
Iceland0.935339,031
Germany0.93683,517,045
Ireland0.9384,882,495
Australia0.93925,203,198
Switzerland0.9448,591,365
Norway0.9535,378,857