A lot of men dream about moving to different countries and venturing out to explore the world. This could be a temporary move to the other side of the country or a major transition to a new continent. There are many factors to consider when moving to a new country and here at Life of Men we feel that you should be taking your passions into consideration.
What is it that you have always dreamed of?
Do you want to swim in the coral reef, party in Prague or surf the waves in California?
Would you like to be able to climb a mountain and then huddle around a camp fire playing a guitar while stargazing?
There are places on this earth which have undeniable beauty and endless possibilities for city dwellers and adventure junkies alike. Personally I prefer sunshine and tropical beaches, but that’s just me. In retrospect, beauty can only have so much to do with your true happiness in the place that you live. We must consider work, family and fun to have a proper view on what life would be like in a new country.
Every year the Legatum Prosperity Index is released which measures “happiness” in countries around the world based on “a mixture of traditional economic indicators alongside measurements of well-being and life satisfaction.” The result is an interactive website which has a list of 142 countries, covering 96% of world population and 99% of global GDP, ranked from most to least prosperous they conclude the list of the happiest and saddest countries in the world based on these factors. The saddest are usually war ravaged countries which have been struggling for years such as the Congo and Afghanistan, while for the fifth straight year topping the scores in the Economy and Social Capital sub indexes is Norway.
The Top 10 Countries to Live in 2014
5) New Zealand
Each of these countries is measured on a multitude of factors including economic prosperity, opportunity and growth throughout the year. It is probably surprising to most that the United States is not on the top 10 list, but it is explained by the fact that the rate of unemployment has been high for a few years now. The United States actually comes in at number 11, though, so you can’t start going around telling people that you live in one of the worst places in the world. For the most part, first world countries are the happiest. They are the most economically stable and that means a lot to people.
Many older folks will look for warmer climates to retire in so that they can have long sunny days in there older years. On the east coast of the United States a lot of people retire to the southern states like Georgia and Florida
These Lists Will Vary!
There are many other ways to measure happiness, which result in a multitude of different lists. For example, another study by the Economist Intelligence Unit, happiness is judged by how ‘tolerable’ it is to live in a particular place given its crime levels, threat of conflict, quality of medical care, levels of censorship, temperature, schools and transport links.
Australia is top of this list with four cities featuring due to the high life expectancy and the overall friendliness of the people there. Of course, it’s also true that 2% of the population of Australia lives in the bush while the overwhelming majority of 98% lives on the coast.
Iceland also ranks high due to its cleanliness and wealth. The life expectancy is also one of the highest in the world, probably due to the fact that the air there is very clean and people live an active lifestyle. Finland boasts a literacy rate of 100% which almost no other country can compare to. Literacy means a lot more than just being able to read, it means that people actually read books and have the ability to pursue further knowledge.
Canada comes in on this list at number 6 instead of number 3 largely due to its high acceptance of diversity. There is also a low murder and crime rate in Canada, making it a safe and happy place to live.
Sweden, amazingly, offers 16 months of vacation time for each child that comes into a family. This time off is offered at 80% salary. This is a far cry from the 6-12 weeks of unpaid time that parents can take in the US. In Sweden, it’s also free to go to University, which is another amazing feat of society. So you have no monetary worries in pursuing any career your heart desires. These opportunities make for a happy and prosperous lifestyle.
These statistics and numbers are well and good for an insight into where is good to live. But the reality is that Norway tops the list for Norwegians, but as a tourist you can expect to pay €20 for a burger and chips and €10 for a pint of beer which makes it highly undesirable! Many people live in Thailand or Vietnam on the beach with a budget of $1000 per month and have beautiful and happy lives with low stress, a healthy lifestyle and diet. It all comes down to the man you want to be and where you want to be that man.