Top 5 Best Countries To Live In - Does Your Country Rank?
Considered one of the top countries for a healthy work-life balance, New Zealanders (or Kiwis, as they often refer to themselves) enjoy an extremely high quality of life due to their high GDP, relatively low inflation, free hospital system and their fantastic social welfare system. The crime rate in New Zealand is very low and in 2013 the country was recognized as the world's safest country. It also scores high in terms of political stability and effectiveness of foreign policy. And, that's not all; the country offers 4 weeks of paid vacation every year. Couple all this with some of the most beautiful nature and landscapes in the world, a peaceful countryside with low pollution, and a relatively small population, and it's easy to see why we consider it one of the best countries in the world to live in.
Home to some of the most fabulous Pacific beaches on earth, Costa Rica emerges as a leader when it comes to sustainable ecological development. Popular as a vacation spot, this country is definitely one of the best places to live in with its tropical forests, surf breaks and, although it might seem weird, the carbon neutral pledge. Caressed by pleasant climate and awe-inspiring scenery, the country boasts a high quality of life for its residents at affordable costs, more so because of a robust public health care system. The country prides itself on a stable democracy, and even went so far as to abolish its army in 1949, since it wasn't needed. So whether you want to spend some sun-drenched days or are looking to retire permanently, Costa Rica is the place to be.