If you are wondering where on earth the happiest people reside and which could be the best place to live, work and retire, go through the list of best countries to live in 2014.It is prepared based on the recent “world happiness report” released by United Nations General Assembly.
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Having a strong economy doesn’t necessarily mean that all people are living a happy and a satisfied life. To determine life’s happiness, 6 variables are taken into account. These include
- GDP per capita
- Social support
- Freedom from corruption
- Life expectancy
- Freedom of making choices
Happiness is the key in deciding the best countries. Why? Read the quotes given by the author of the world happiness report
People who are emotionally happier, who have more satisfying lives, and who live in happier communities, are more likely both now and later to be healthy, productive, and socially connected. These benefits in turn flow more broadly to their families, workplaces, and communities, to the advantage of all.
It clearly states when people of the nation are happy, other factors will automatically fall in its support. On a scale that runs from 0 to 10, even the happiest nations that topped the list of best countries could not attain 10/10. However, they have managed to hit the list with an average of 7s. While measuring a country’s happiness, list of best ones have been changed abruptly with some ups and downs every month. You can see the obvious change by comparing our best countries list in 2013 and 2014. When i tried analyzing the reason behind this dramatic change — it was something beyond this article’s scope. Rather than diverting the topic, i would better move on with our best countries listing.
When the world happiness report was released for the first time in 2012, it drew an international attention and now it’s time to go through the new one. If you are interested in reading the entire report submitted to United Nations General Assembly, you can download it by Clicking here.
Now let’s start our journey in the reverse chronological order… We do value your suggestions. If you are a resident of a country which exists in our list, we invite you to share your comments with us and our other readers as well. And I am sure none other than you will know your country better. Following countries are identified as the top 10 best countries to live in with high level of happiness.
Topped the list in the past year at no 3
Happiness Score – 7.350
- Regardless of where they live, Australians are so good in lending their hands whenever needed. This special characteristic of Australians made this country to hit the list of best countries to live in the world.
- Per capita GDP, longer life expectancy and improved level of education are factors that lifts up Australia to this position.
- Even though Australia is a home town to many deadly animals like snakes and sharks, it is even a home to not-seen-anywhere and the most interesting animals like Australian dingo and Wombat. If not in Australia, where else can you see these rare animals? Experience the beauty of kangaroos hopping on the go.
- Australia is blessed with uncountable nature gifts like Great Barrier Reef, the pinnacles, Fraser Island and so on. There wouldn’t be a bigger thing in this world than experiencing those jaw dropping views once in your lifetime.
No 9 : Iceland
Happiness score – 7.355
- Literate percentage of Iceland is 99.9, wherein you can find people buying and reading most books.
- In the Forbes list of “top 10 cleanest countries”, Iceland hits the top position with the score 93.5
- It is entitled as the 8th wealthiest country in the world (with 6th highest GDP).
- Icelanders have no army – Instead they have extraordinary rescue teams and coast guards.
- In Iceland, states offer 9 months of fully paid maternity leave for moms. This leave can be shared among the couple as they please.
- Crime rate of Iceland is merely zero. It’s the reason why their banks hardly have any policemen. You can even see president’s home out in the open.
- World’s cleanest air can be breathed in Iceland. Life expectancy of men in Iceland is 76.4 and women is 81.3. These figures are one of the highest in the world. The safety and health measures made Iceland to be in the list of top 10 best countries to live in.
- Generally in Iceland, societies provide an overwhelming priority in bringing up happiness among the people. However, none of these is possible without their self confidence.
Topped the list in the past year at no 1
Happiness Score – 7.369
Let’s find out what exactly made Austria to stand at the top.
Vienna is one city that stands up proudly in making Austria as one of the best countries to reside. Even though it’s one of the most populous cities of Austria, it offers better life quality to its residents and this has been continually recorded since 2009.
Notable features of Vienna
- When economical crisis hit Europe, you won’t believe but it had only gone down by 0.1%. This factor alone is enough to declare “Vienna is immune to crisis”. So if you are in a business, investing in Vienna would be a profitable option.
- It’s a historic, economic, cultural and political center of Austria.
- It has secured the highest per capita GDP when compared to all other cities in the world.
- Population is around 1.731 million. (Vienna alone).
- Average net income of people is €19,769 per year (in Vienna).
- Average age of people comes around 43.4 years.
- In 2010, Vienna received the urban planning award from United Nations. Reason is, people of Vienna have managed to transform its old infrastructure into modern homes in a short time span.
- Through multimillion dollar program Vienna has renovated nearly 5000 buildings with more than 250,000 apartments.
- Vienna is regarded as “The city of music”and “The City of Dreams”.
- Nearly 5 million tourists from all over the world visit Austria every year.
- It is the world’s number 1 place for conducting conferences.
- In Austria 90% of people claim that they are satisfied with their housing and basic facilities
- People of Austria manage to save $28852. This figure is higher than the OECD’s average of $23047.
- They have the best schooling system in the country and it promises to offer high class education to all its citizens.
- When it comes to employment, regardless of their education level, employment rate of men seems higher than women.
No 7 : Finland
Happiness Score – 7.389
- Forbes magazine rates Finland as one of the top 10 best countries to conduct trades.
- Finland offers great education system wherein students hardly fail in their academic. In fact, just your fingers are enough to count their academic failures.The Finns have done really well in the recent year’s OECD’s PISA surveys.
- The Finns are fond of enjoying their holidays in nature. Over 80% of families have at least one lake and a summer cottage. At present, total number of lakes in Finland count for over 187,888. So when even the whole world runs out of drinking water, they will stay safe and will never face water issues.
- When compared to other nations in the world, Finnish people own the most email addresses and mobile phones per capita GDP.
- Finland offers up to 90 days of maternity leave for mothers. It is a nation with lower baby death rates.
- Finland has an excellent public transportation system.You will be shocked to read that all their transports are punctual. It is delayed by only few seconds. Well, they do value time!
- Literacy rate of Finland is 100%. According to OECD’s PISA report “Finnish children are the best readers in the world”.
- People of Finland enjoy a great life quality. High life expectancies, healthy work and life balance, excellent literacy rates, low corruption levels and wide access to health care system are few of the many attributes that has made Finland to hit my list of top 10 best countries to live in 2014.
Topped the list in the past year at no 10
Happiness Score – 7.477
- Canada is regarded as one of the best countries to live in the world because of some of its exceptional factors like high life satisfaction, lower murder rates and wide diversity acceptance.
- Canada has managed to raise itself to the list of top 10 best countries by winning the categories like best place to visit, best place to work, invest and study.
- According to RepTrak report taken by world’ reputation validation firm, Canada is the no 1 country (to hold good reputation) for the third time in a row.
- There exists a strong correlation between this country’s reputation and its intent to visit. As Canada tops this reputation, its tourism industry has generated more than $81.9 billion over last year.
- Canada has ranked really high in its unique old age pension programs and health care system. In fact, this country is regarded as the 5th best country to see yourself grow old. If you are a Canadian, you are lucky indeed.
- At present,14.9% of the total Canadian population are aged over 65. This rate is anticipated to get double in the next 25 years.
- With highly equipped health care system, the new born Canadian kids can enjoy a life up to or more than 81 years on an average.
- People who are living here are often mocked for apologizing. They never hesitate to ask “sorry” when they commit mistakes. This characteristic multiplies the happiness and even strengthens their relationship.
- In employment and education, Canada is ranked in the 9th position.
- Roughly 64% of Canadians donate their money on charities.
- Canadians have a lower unemployment rate.
- As far as the bank sector is concerned, they have outstanding banking services. You will be fascinated to read that 4 of the world’s top banks belong to Canada.
- Canadian sons/ daughters earn twice as high as their parents. It provides a good income ladder to its citizens. For example children who born poor to their parents quickly raise their positions and they rarely die as poor.
- Canada is the country that offers high life satisfaction to its citizens. This is the reason why it poses minimal number of suicidal rates.
- Canadian Government is the 8th country out of 185 countries which poses lower corporate taxes on its citizens.
- Statistics say that Canadians make more than 10 million overseas trips every year. Now this clearly states their luxury and economical freedom.
- Canada has ranked as the 8th most peaceful country in the world.
- Canadians make a lead in quantum computing , medical discoveries, space science and technology.