Imagine if you were to choose the most peaceful country in the world to live in. The Global Peace Index has issued a report which lists all 162 countries in the world according to how peaceful they are.
They used a wide range of respected sources such as The World Bank and some of the UN agencies before they drew up their list. Peace, according to their definition based on 22 indicators, is the absence of war, violence, low military spending, levels of policing, organized crime, and the application of democratic government.
Apart from dramatic scenery, Iceland has a 100% literacy rate in the 300,000 population living among its educated population which is tolerant towards minorities is a great bonus. The best thing of all is that murders (1.8 per 100,000 populations a year) are practically nonexistent. Compare that with the US where you have a rate of 5.8 per 100,000.
The Danes are said to be the happiest people in the world! Figures for worker motivation are very high and there is a welfare system in place which is the envy of most of the world. Taxation is high but the money is well spent on making the Danish lifestyle is really relaxed and well organized.
Another Scandinavian country in the top ten! Sweden is fabulous for lots of snow and long winters so if you are into that, it is a great place to be. High standards of living plus generous parenting leave for mums and dads (15 months) plus a great welfare system justify its high place in the rankings.
If you love beer and chocolate and do not mind endless rainy days, then Belgium is another great location. There are wonderful old towns, castles and museums to visit. As regards transport, Paris and London are really near so you get the best of several worlds. You can be in Paris in 70 minutes taking the high speed train.
One of the most unpolluted countries in the world is New Zealand where spectacular scenery abounds. 90% of immigrants state that they would certainly recommend the land of the Kiwis to their families and friends. New Zealanders get generous leave benefits so they have plenty of time to enjoy the landscape and sports facilities.
Austrian teenagers get to vote when they are only sixteen years old but they can only drink alcoholic beverages when they are eighteen. Austria boasts a wonderfully clean environment where everything is spotless, great transport system and very low crime rates.
The secret to Switzerland’s happy and healthy population is that the authorities have invested heavily in their people in providing them with excellent education, health services and employment benefits. They may be famous for their banking, cuckoo clocks and skiing resorts but they have wisely invested in their greatest asset.
If you do not mind the long, dark cold winters, Finland has plenty to offer. There is practically no corruption and very little class distinction. It scores highly on gender equality as well. It has practically the best education system in the world. Children are given plenty of recesses too in the fresh (cold!) air and there is a very low rate of ADHD.
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