Thursday, November 29, 2007

If You Were Going To Move, Where Would You Go?

Recently, I came across a blog with a post about a guy who was looking for another country to move to. It seems he was with G.W. Bush and the way it's going here in the USA. It got me to thinking, not that I want to move, but there might be better places to live. So I began doing some searches for the Top 10 countries to live in.

Here's what I found:

The United Nations released this list for 2006:
1. Norway
2. Iceland
3. Australia
4. Ireland
5. Sweden
6. Canada
7. Japan
8. United States
9. Switzerland
10. Netherlands
The UN rates the per-capita income, standard of living, educational levels, health care and life expectancy as a measure of a nation’s well-being.

In 2005, Economist's World released their top 10 picks:
1. Ireland
2. Switzerland
3. Norway
4. Luxembourg
5. Sweden
6. Australia
7. Iceland
8. Italy
9. Denmark
10. Spain
Researchers took into account not just income, but other factors considered important to people's satisfaction and well-being. They included health, freedom, unemployment, family life, climate, political stability and security, gender equality and family and community life.

The Economist said: "Ireland wins because it successfully combines the most desirable elements of the new, such as low unemployment and political liberties, with the preservation of certain cosy elements of the old, such as stable family and community life."

Quite a difference in these two lists. Where would you move to if given the chance?