Official List 2014 – World’s Top 20 Best Countries To Live In

If you are wondering where on earth the happiest people reside and which could be the best place to live, work and retire, here is something for you to know. In this post, you will find a very detailed 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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A country’s strong economy doesn’t really mean that its people are living a happy and a satisfied life. To determine life’s happiness, 6 variables are taken into account. These include

  1. GDP per capita
  2. Social support
  3. Generosity
  4. Freedom from corruption
  5. Life expectancy
  6. 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 that when people of a 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 changed abruptly with ups and downs every month. You can see the changes 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 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 that exists in our list, we invite you to share your comments with us and 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.

No 10: Australia

Topped the list in the past year at no 3

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Happiness Score – 7.350

  • Regardless of where they live, Australians are so good in lending their hands whenever required. This special characteristic of Australians has made this country 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 lift up Australia to this position.
  • Even though Australia is a hometown to many deadly animals like snakes and sharks, it is even a home to some interesting and not-seen-anywhere 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.
  • According to the 2013 reports, Australia is claimed to be one of the biggest capitalist economies in the world. It has an overall GDP of $1-trillion.
  • When it comes to “Market Capitalization”, Australia ranks 9th in the global world. It is also home to world’s most reputed companies like Macquarie Bank, ANZ, AMP, Telstra, Woolworths etc.
  • Australia is blessed with uncountable natural 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 at least once in your lifetime.

Next -> No 9 : Iceland

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