Best Countries To Live in 2022

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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.

Arguably the most comprehensive and practical analysis of which countries are best to live in comes from the Human Development Report. Composed by the United Nations, this annual report expresses global satisfaction with life, offering an overview of what it's like to be alive on Earth in this day and age. It is easily 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 descending order:

1 - Norway
2 - Ireland (tie)
2 - Switzerland (tie)
4 - Iceland (tie)
4 - Hong Kong, China (SAR)(tie)
6 - Germany
7 - Sweden
8 - Australia (tie)
8 - Netherlands (tie)
10 - Denmark

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 (tie). 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.

2 (tie). 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.

4 (tie). Hong Kong, China

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.

4 (tie). 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.

6. 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.

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 (tie). Australia

As the eighth 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.

8 (tie). 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.

10. Denmark

Denmark rounds out the top ten countries to live in, and it's easy to see why. For starters, "social trust", which measures people's trust in one another, their government, and public institutions such as police and hospitals, is very high in Denmark. Moreover, health care and education (even college) are completely free to all citzens. While Denmark is a global leader in industries including shipping, design, and architecture, it is also a green-forward country. Even in the capital city of Copenhagen, bikes often outnumber automobiles, and the country is constantly developing new methods of living cleaner and greener. Finally, the Danes have given the world the concept of "hygge" (pronounced "hooga"), a warm, very human term for time spent away from the hustle and bustle, peacefully relaxing and appreciating life's smaller joys, often with family and/or friends.

Here are the 10 countries with the highest human development indexes:

  1. Norway (0.957)
  2. Switzerland (0.955)
  3. Ireland (0.955)
  4. Hong Kong (0.949)
  5. Iceland (0.949)
  6. Germany (0.947)
  7. Sweden (0.945)
  8. Australia (0.944)
  9. Netherlands (0.944)
  10. Denmark (0.94)

Best Countries To Live in 2022

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Best Countries To Live in 2022

Ranking Country Human Development Index 2022 Population
1Norway0.9575,511,370
2Ireland0.9555,020,199
2Switzerland0.9558,773,637
4Iceland0.949345,393
4Hong Kong0.9497,604,299
6Germany0.94783,883,596
7Sweden0.94510,218,971
8Netherlands0.94417,211,447
8Australia0.94426,068,792
10Denmark0.945,834,950
11Finland0.9385,554,960
11Singapore0.9385,943,546
13United Kingdom0.93268,497,907
14New Zealand0.9314,898,203
14Belgium0.93111,668,278
16Canada0.92938,388,419
17United States0.926334,805,269
18Austria0.9229,066,710
19Liechtenstein0.91938,387
19Israel0.9198,922,892
19Japan0.919125,584,838
22Slovenia0.9172,078,034
23Luxembourg0.916642,371
23South Korea0.91651,329,899
25Spain0.90446,719,142
26France0.90165,584,518
28Malta0.895444,033
29Estonia0.8921,321,910
29Italy0.89260,262,770
31United Arab Emirates0.8910,081,785
32Greece0.88810,316,637
33Cyprus0.8871,223,387
34Lithuania0.8822,661,708
35Poland0.8837,739,785
36Andorra0.86877,463
37Latvia0.8661,848,837
38Portugal0.86410,140,570
39Slovakia0.865,460,193
40Hungary0.8549,606,259
40Saudi Arabia0.85435,844,909
42Bahrain0.8521,783,983
43Croatia0.8514,059,286
43Chile0.85119,250,195
45Qatar0.8482,979,915
46Argentina0.84546,010,234
47Brunei0.838445,431
48Montenegro0.829627,950
49Romania0.82819,031,335
50Palau0.82618,233
51Kazakhstan0.82519,205,043
52Russia0.824145,805,947
53Belarus0.8239,432,800
54Turkey0.8285,561,976
55Uruguay0.8173,496,016
56Bulgaria0.8166,844,597
57Panama0.8154,446,964
58Barbados0.814288,023
58Bahamas0.814400,516
60Oman0.8135,323,993
61Georgia0.8123,968,738
62Costa Rica0.815,182,354
62Malaysia0.8133,181,072
64Kuwait0.8064,380,326
64Serbia0.8068,653,016
66Mauritius0.8041,274,727
67Seychelles0.79699,426
67Trinidad And Tobago0.7961,406,585
69Albania0.7952,866,374
70Cuba0.78311,305,652
70Iran0.78386,022,837
72Sri Lanka0.78221,575,842
73Bosnia And Herzegovina0.783,249,317
74Saint Kitts And Nevis0.77953,871
74Grenada0.779113,475
74Ukraine0.77943,192,122
74Mexico0.779131,562,772
78Antigua And Barbuda0.77899,509
79Peru0.77733,684,208
79Thailand0.77770,078,203
81Armenia0.7762,971,966
82North Macedonia0.7742,081,304
83Colombia0.76751,512,762
84Brazil0.765215,353,593
85China0.7611,448,471,400
86Saint Lucia0.759185,113
86Ecuador0.75918,113,361
88Azerbaijan0.75610,300,205
88Dominican Republic0.75611,056,370
90Moldova0.754,013,171
91Algeria0.74845,350,148
92Lebanon0.7446,684,849
93Fiji0.743909,466
94Dominica0.74272,344
95Maldives0.74540,985
95Tunisia0.7412,046,656
97Saint Vincent And the Grenadines0.738111,551
97Suriname0.738596,831
99Mongolia0.7373,378,078
100Botswana0.7352,441,162
101Jamaica0.7342,985,094
102Jordan0.72910,300,869
103Paraguay0.7287,305,843
104Tonga0.725107,749
105Libya0.7247,040,745
106Uzbekistan0.7234,382,084
107Bolivia0.71811,992,656
107Philippines0.718112,508,994
107Indonesia0.718279,134,505
110Belize0.716412,190
111Samoa0.715202,239
111Turkmenistan0.7156,201,943
113Venezuela0.71129,266,991
114South Africa0.70960,756,135
115Palestine0.7085,345,541
116Egypt0.707106,156,692
117Marshall Islands0.70460,057
117Vietnam0.70498,953,541
119Gabon0.7032,331,533
120Kyrgyzstan0.6976,728,271
121Morocco0.68637,772,756
122Guyana0.682794,045
123Iraq0.67442,164,965
124El Salvador0.6736,550,389
125Tajikistan0.6689,957,464
127Guatemala0.66318,584,039
128Nicaragua0.666,779,100
129Bhutan0.654787,941
130Namibia0.6462,633,874
131India0.6451,406,631,776
132Honduras0.63410,221,247
133Bangladesh0.632167,885,689
134Kiribati0.63123,419
135Sao Tome And Principe0.625227,679
136Micronesia0.62117,489
137Laos0.6137,481,023
138Eswatini0.6111,184,817
138Ghana0.61132,395,450
140Vanuatu0.609321,832
141Timor Leste0.6061,369,429
142Nepal0.60230,225,582
143Kenya0.60156,215,221
144Cambodia0.59417,168,639
145Equatorial Guinea0.5921,496,662
146Zambia0.58419,470,234
147Myanmar0.58355,227,143
148Angola0.58135,027,343
150Zimbabwe0.57115,331,428
151Solomon Islands0.567721,159
151Syria0.56719,364,809
153Cameroon0.56327,911,548
154Pakistan0.557229,488,994
155Papua New Guinea0.5559,292,169
156Comoros0.554907,419
157Mauritania0.5464,901,981
158Benin0.54512,784,726
159Uganda0.54448,432,863
160Rwanda0.54313,600,464
161Nigeria0.539216,746,934
162Ivory Coast0.53827,742,298
163Tanzania0.52963,298,550
164Madagascar0.52829,178,077
165Lesotho0.5272,175,699
166Djibouti0.5241,016,097
167Togo0.5158,680,837
168Senegal0.51217,653,671
169Afghanistan0.51140,754,388
170Haiti0.5111,680,283
170Sudan0.5145,992,020
172Gambia0.4962,558,482
173Ethiopia0.485120,812,698
174Malawi0.48320,180,839
175Guinea Bissau0.482,063,367
175Liberia0.485,305,117
175DR Congo0.4895,240,792
178Guinea0.47713,865,691
179Yemen0.4731,154,867
180Eritrea0.4593,662,244
181Mozambique0.45633,089,461
182Sierra Leone0.4528,306,436
182Burkina Faso0.45222,102,838
184Mali0.43421,473,764
185South Sudan0.43311,618,511
185Burundi0.43312,624,840
187Chad0.39817,413,580
188Central African Republic0.3975,016,678
189Niger0.39426,083,660

Best Countries To Live in 2022

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