Best Countries To Live In 2021

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 third 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.

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

  1. Norway (0.953)
  2. Switzerland (0.944)
  3. Australia (0.939)
  4. Ireland (0.938)
  5. Germany (0.936)
  6. Iceland (0.935)
  7. Sweden (0.933)
  8. Hong Kong (0.933)
  9. Singapore (0.932)
  10. Netherlands (0.931)

Best Countries To Live In 2021

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Best Countries To Live In 2021

Country Human Development Index 2021 Population
Norway0.9535,465,630
Switzerland0.9448,715,494
Australia0.93925,788,215
Ireland0.9384,982,907
Germany0.93683,900,473
Iceland0.935343,353
Hong Kong0.9337,552,810
Sweden0.93310,160,169
Singapore0.9325,896,686
Netherlands0.93117,173,099
Denmark0.9295,813,298
Canada0.92638,067,903
United States0.924332,915,073
United Kingdom0.92268,207,116
Finland0.925,548,360
New Zealand0.9174,860,643
Liechtenstein0.91638,250
Belgium0.91611,632,326
Japan0.909126,050,804
Austria0.9089,043,070
Luxembourg0.904634,814
Israel0.9038,789,774
South Korea0.90351,305,186
France0.90165,426,179
Slovenia0.8962,078,724
Spain0.89146,745,216
Czech Republic0.88810,724,555
Italy0.8860,367,477
Malta0.878442,784
Estonia0.8711,325,185
Greece0.8710,370,744
Cyprus0.8691,215,584
Poland0.86537,797,005
United Arab Emirates0.8639,991,089
Andorra0.85877,355
Lithuania0.8582,689,862
Qatar0.8562,930,528
Slovakia0.8555,460,721
Brunei0.853441,532
Saudi Arabia0.85335,340,683
Latvia0.8471,866,942
Portugal0.84710,167,925
Bahrain0.8461,748,296
Chile0.84319,212,361
Hungary0.8389,634,164
Croatia0.8314,081,651
Argentina0.82545,605,826
Oman0.8215,223,375
Russia0.816145,912,025
Montenegro0.814628,053
Bulgaria0.8136,896,663
Romania0.81119,127,774
Belarus0.8089,442,862
Bahamas0.807396,913
Uruguay0.8043,485,151
Kuwait0.8034,328,550
Malaysia0.80232,776,194
Barbados0.8287,711
Kazakhstan0.818,994,962
Palau0.79818,169
Iran0.79885,028,759
Seychelles0.79798,908
Costa Rica0.7945,139,052
Turkey0.79185,042,738
Mauritius0.791,273,433
Panama0.7894,381,579
Serbia0.7878,697,550
Albania0.7852,872,933
Trinidad And Tobago0.7841,403,375
Antigua And Barbuda0.7898,731
Georgia0.783,979,765
Saint Kitts And Nevis0.77853,544
Cuba0.77711,317,505
Mexico0.774130,262,216
Grenada0.772113,021
Sri Lanka0.7721,497,310
Bosnia And Herzegovina0.7683,263,466
Venezuela0.76128,704,954
Brazil0.759213,993,437
Lebanon0.7576,769,146
Azerbaijan0.75710,223,342
Armenia0.7552,968,127
Thailand0.75569,950,850
Algeria0.75444,616,624
Ecuador0.75217,888,475
China0.7521,444,216,107
Ukraine0.75143,466,819
Peru0.7533,359,418
Saint Lucia0.747184,400
Colombia0.74751,265,844
Fiji0.741902,906
Mongolia0.7413,329,289
Dominican Republic0.73610,953,703
Jordan0.73510,269,021
Tunisia0.73511,935,766
Jamaica0.7322,973,463
Tonga0.726106,760
Saint Vincent And The Grenadines0.723111,263
Suriname0.72591,800
Maldives0.717543,617
Botswana0.7172,397,241
Dominica0.71572,167
Samoa0.713200,149
Uzbekistan0.7133,935,763
Marshall Islands0.70859,610
Belize0.708404,914
Turkmenistan0.7066,117,924
Libya0.7066,958,532
Gabon0.7022,278,825
Paraguay0.7027,219,638
Moldova0.74,024,019
South Africa0.69960,041,994
Philippines0.699111,046,913
Egypt0.696104,258,327
Vietnam0.69498,168,833
Indonesia0.694276,361,783
Bolivia0.69311,832,940
Palestine0.6865,222,748
Iraq0.68541,179,350
El Salvador0.6746,518,499
Kyrgyzstan0.6726,628,356
Morocco0.66737,344,795
Nicaragua0.6586,702,385
Cape Verde0.654561,898
Guyana0.654790,326
Tajikistan0.659,749,627
Guatemala0.6518,249,860
Namibia0.6472,587,344
India0.641,393,409,038
Micronesia0.627116,254
Timor Leste0.6251,343,873
Honduras0.61710,062,991
Kiribati0.612121,392
Bhutan0.612779,898
Bangladesh0.608166,303,498
Republic Of The Congo0.6065,657,013
Vanuatu0.603314,464
Laos0.6017,379,358
Ghana0.59231,732,129
Equatorial Guinea0.5911,449,896
Kenya0.5954,985,698
Sao Tome And Principe0.589223,368
Eswatini0.5881,172,362
Zambia0.58818,920,651
Cambodia0.58216,946,438
Angola0.58133,933,610
Myanmar0.57854,806,012
Nepal0.57429,674,920
Pakistan0.562225,199,937
Cameroon0.55627,224,265
Solomon Islands0.546703,996
Papua New Guinea0.5449,119,010
Tanzania0.53861,498,437
Syria0.53618,275,702
Zimbabwe0.53515,092,171
Nigeria0.532211,400,708
Rwanda0.52413,276,513
Lesotho0.522,159,079
Mauritania0.524,775,119
Madagascar0.51928,427,328
Uganda0.51647,123,531
Benin0.51512,451,040
Senegal0.50517,196,301
Comoros0.503888,451
Togo0.5038,478,250
Sudan0.50244,909,353
Haiti0.49811,541,685
Afghanistan0.49839,835,428
Ivory Coast0.49227,053,629
Malawi0.47719,647,684
Djibouti0.4761,002,187
Ethiopia0.463117,876,227
Gambia0.462,486,945
Guinea0.45913,497,244
Dr Congo0.45792,377,993
Guinea Bissau0.4552,015,494
Yemen0.45230,490,640
Eritrea0.443,601,467
Mozambique0.43732,163,047
Liberia0.4355,180,203
Mali0.42720,855,735
Burkina Faso0.42321,497,096
Sierra Leone0.4198,141,343
Burundi0.41712,255,433
Chad0.40416,914,985
South Sudan0.38811,381,378
Central African Republic0.3674,919,981
Niger0.35425,130,817

Best Countries To Live In 2021