Top 10 Best Countries to Live in the World

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6. Switzerland

Switzerland

Chocolates! Cheese! Watches! Swiss Alps! Swiss Army pocket knife! These seem to be synonymous with Switzerland. Governed by a Directorial Federal Parliamentary Republic with elements of Direct Democracy, Switzerland has a population of 8,014,000. The GDP in 2012 was $363.421 billion and its currency is the Swiss Franc (CHF).

Switzerland’s cities Zurich and Geneva are ranked 2nd and 8th respectively in the list of cities that offer the highest quality of life in the world. The 2012 GDP of the country was $363.421 billion. The country takes preservation of the environment very seriously; it tirelessly works towards recycling and anti-littering regulations, also making it the one of the major recyclers of the world.

The climatic conditions of the country are quite pleasant, however at the northern tip; glacial conditions prevail, while the southern tip enjoys a Mediterranean climate. Due to these climatic conditions, sports like mountaineering, skiing and snowboarding seem to be tailor-made exclusively for Switzerland. The languages that are spoken here are German, French, Italian and Romansh. So if you’re really wishing to live in this country, then knowing one of the above languages is a must.

 

7. The United States of America

United States of America

Undoubtedly one of the most multicultural nations, US has a bubbling population of around 315 million people and has the fourth largest in total area. Similar to its culture, the forests, plains, hills are very diverse and provide shelter to a distinct wildlife.

USA stands to be the most powerful nation in the world. In 2011 the country spent a whopping $700 billion which was amounting to 41% of global military spending. US has a capitalist mixed form of an economy combined with abundance of resources, state of art infrastructure(transport and energy included) and excellent production rate, no wonder the GDP was $15.685 trillion. The currency here is known to one and all i.e. the famous USD. Americans are a learned lot with their basic literacy rate being 99% approximately.

 

8. The United Kingdom

United Kingdom

Also known as Britain or the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is famous for a serpentine list of things like its long history; the needs-no-introduction royal family; magnificent castles and historic houses; fertile lands, lush country sides and green hills; educational instis like Oxford, Cambridge and London University; the prehistoric structure of Stonehenge; glitzy nightlife; Wimbledon; London City and oh yes, David Beckham!

The United Kingdom is a developed country and boasts of being the first industrialized nation. The British were known for holding many colonies in the world in the past, thanks to it, the traces of their culture and rule is still seen in the governing policies and legal systems of many countries which were previously British colonies. Their language, English is the most spoken language in the world.

Today, UK has a Constitutional Monarchy with a Parliamentary system form of Government. Other than English, Scots, Irish, Cornish and Scottish Gaelic are spoken in UK. Needless to say the population here is pretty diverse, consisting of whites, South Asians, blacks, Chinese, mixed among others.

 

9. New Zealand

New Zealand

A Unitary Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy Government governs over the island country. Its capital is Wellington. Located on the southwestern side of the Pacific Ocean, New Zealand is known for its diverse topography and pointed mountain peak, all thanks to the tectonic shift of land and volcanic eruptions. Maori, an ethnic group of and in New Zealand have been the residents of the Pacific Ocean from the past 1000 years!

Embodiments that represent New Zealand on the world platform are the Silver Fern, Kiwi (the flightless bird), the Maori tribe and of course their language. The island country’s trade scene is buzzing with activity; New Zealand holds a strong hold on the international trade in fish, wool, sheep & lamb, beef, and dairy products. Apparently, the sheep is too human ratio is 9:1, the human population of the island country is approximately 4 million (now do the math!). The tourism here is thriving rapidly, making the residents to use nature’s resources to the fullest potential by engaging in sailing and rowing, and other outdoors sports and activities to earn their livelihood.

In the Northern part of NZ the temperature varies from 14 degree Celsius to 25 degree Celsius, while the Southern part has a temperature ranging from 11 degree Celsius to 23 degree Celsius throughout the year. A nature lover’s paradise, the citizens of New Zealand are envied because they live on such a picturesque land.

 

10. The United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates

Home to some of the most splendid sky scrapers, The United Arab Emirates commonly known as UAE or Emirates is world renowned for its enormous oil reserves. UAE consists of seven Emirates- Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm al-Quwain. Every emirate has an ‘Emir’ ruling over them and a President to look into the affairs of all the seven emirates. The center of trade and cultural activities is in Abu Dhabi which also happens to stand as the capital of UAE.

Basic necessities like education, healthcare and national infrastructure have been marvelously developed by investing in it wisely with the help of funds that arise from its oil exports. Not surprising, because the UAE ranks 7th in worlds largest oil reserves. It has also contributed immensely in putting the country in the 7th spot for earning the highest per capita income in the world. There is no doubt that the Emirates are an educated lot, the evidence to this is the 91% literacy rate of the country. Known across the world for its stringent laws, the country has a very low crime rate.

The largest city in UAE is Dubai. Dubai mall is the world’s largest mall and the world’s tallest building Burj Khalifa stands in Dubai. A nation known for its glitzy malls, extravagant lifestyle, excellent infrastructure and great healthcare, UAE is undoubtedly a part of this list.

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