Beyond the essential ideas of broad access to food and housing, quality education and health care, and employment that will sustain us, quality of life may also include intangibles such as job security, political stability, individual freedom, and environmental quality.
Social scientists agree that material wealth is not the most important factor in assessing a life lived well. The results of the Quality of Life sub-ranking survey reflect that sensibility.
Here Are Countries With the Best Quality of Life
Germany, the most populous nation in the European Union, possesses one of the world’s largest economies and has seen its role in the international community grow steadily since reunification.
The Central European country borders nine nations, and its landscape varies, from the northern plains that reach the North and Baltic seas to the Bavarian Alps in the south.
Geography defines the history and culture of Nordic Finland, one of the most northern-reaching countries in the world. Bordered by Scandinavia, Russia, the Baltic Sea and the Gulf of Bothnia, Finland and its vast stretches of heavily forested open land acts as a northern gate between West and East.
8. New Zealand
British and Polynesian influences course through picturesque New Zealand, an island nation in the Pacific Ocean southeast of Australia. Early Maori settlers ceded sovereignty to British invaders with the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, and European settlers flooded in.
Today, 70 percent of Kiwis, a common term for New Zealand people after a native flightless bird, is of European descent. A sense of pride has surged among the Maori, the country’s first settlers who now account for about 14 percent, as homeland grievances become more openly addressed.
Switzerland, officially called the Swiss Federation, is a small country in Central Europe made up of 16,000 square miles of glacier-carved Alps, lakes and valleys. It’s one of the world’s wealthiest countries and has been well-known for centuries for its neutrality.
Situated along the fringes of Western Europe, the Netherlands is a coastal lowland freckled with windmills characteristic of its development around the water. Three major European rivers – the Rhine, Meuse and Schelde – run through neighbours Germany and Belgium into the nation’s busy ports.
The Commonwealth of Australia occupies the Australian continent. The country also includes some islands, most notably Tasmania. Indigenous people occupied the land for at least 40,000 years before the first British settlements of the 18th century.
The Kingdom of Norway is the westernmost country in the Scandinavian peninsula, mostly mountainous terrain. Nearly all of its population lives in the south, surrounding the capital, Oslo.
Norway’s coastline is made up of thousands of miles of fjords, bays and island shores. The Norwegians developed a maritime culture and were active throughout the Viking era, establishing settlements in Iceland and Greenland.
The Kingdom of Sweden, flanked by Norway to the west and the Baltic Sea to the east, expands across much of the Scandinavian Peninsula and is one of the largest European Union countries by landmass.
Capital city Stockholm was claimed in the 16th century, and border disputes through the Middle Ages established the modern-day nation.
The Kingdom of Denmark emerged in the 10th century and included two North Atlantic island nations, the Faroe Islands and Greenland. Along with Sweden and Norway, it forms Scandinavia, a cultural region in Northern Europe.
Canada takes up about two-fifths of the North American continent, making it the second-largest country in the world after Russia.
The country is sparsely populated, with most of its 35.5 million residents living within 125 miles of the U.S. border. Canada’s expansive wilderness to the north plays a large role in Canadian identity, as does the country’s reputation for welcoming immigrants.
Source: | U.S. News & World Report