Visit these 10 countries to experience the best quality of life

They are ideal destinations that can be included in the bucket list of those who prefer to travel safely and stress-free. In the picture, a woman can be seen enjoying the Christmas market in Copenhagen, Denmark. Photo: Sven Hansche

The new generation increasingly prefers to migrate to foreign lands. While a host of factors can lead them to this decision, the pursuit of a high ‘quality of life’ is indeed one. We always look to get the best value for our money. So why just choose the nations with a high quality of life when you go globetrotting the next time for a unique and incredible travel experience? While India stands at 56 out of 84 countries in the list of countries with the world’s best quality of life, most nations placed in the top ten are European countries.

They are ideal destinations that can be included in the bucket list of those who prefer to travel safely and stress-free. Serbia-based Numbeo, a crowd-sourced global database, prepared the list by determining the quality of life in these countries by analyzing the cost of living, purchasing power, affordable housing, water and air pollution level, crime rate, healthcare quality, and transportation facilities. A trip to these top-ranked countries in the list will, no doubt, be a memorable experience.

Luxembourg is a small, landlocked country in Western Europe that shares its border with Germany, France, and Belgium. Though small, it tops the global quality of life indices. Travelling to the country can be a pleasant experience. One of the wealthiest countries, it topped the chart in terms of people’s purchasing power, besides safety and climate indices. Its score in terms of cost of living, pollution, and traffic congestion is among the lowest.

The Netherlands is renowned for colourful tulip fields, traditional windmills, and picturesque canals. Amsterdam, a preferred destination for travelers, is the capital of the Netherlands. It’s bounded by the North Sea to the north and west, Germany to the east, and Belgium to the south. The Netherlands, which excelled in people’s purchasing power and the health sector, is second on the list of 84 countries with a high quality of life. The country, which has a low pollution rate and an excellent climate, offers a well-rounded and enjoyable travel experience to travellers, thanks to its beautiful natural landscapes, historic cities, and vibrant cultural scene.

Iceland, often associated with stunning natural landscapes and unique geographical features, is ranked three in the list. The Scandinavian nation attracts scores of tourists seeking the mesmerizing beauty of the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis). The other factors that make this country a popular destination are the low levels of pollution, excellent climate, and congestion-free transportation facilities. The country also extends quality health services to its citizens.

Denmark’s appeal as a tourist’s paradise lies in its diverse and amazing landscapes. The country is home to influential designers and architects, and visitors can explore design museums and contemporary structures. Copenhagen is the capital of the northern European country. Denmark has a pleasant climate, more so than the other Scandinavian countries. Quick travel facilities, low levels of pollution, excellent health systems, and affordable housing are the other factors that make it one of the best countries in the world.

Finland is renowned for having a high standard of living. The European country shares its borders with Sweden, Norway and Russia. Earlier this year, Finland was ranked the happiest country in the world for the sixth year in a row. The country is noted for making rapid development strides and modernization without harming the ecological balance.

One of the central European countries, Switzerland, is also home to many lakes. The Alps mountains, cosmopolitan cities, and towering forts are the major factors that attract tourists to Switzerland. Switzerland is ranked sixth on the list of countries with the best quality of life. Switzerland has an excellent health system. In addition, Switzerland pays attention to even the most basic things of its citizens. The excellent weather and excellent purchasing power make Switzerland one of the top-quality countries.

Oman can be described as the only Asian country that features in the top 10. Its capital, Muscat, is the largest city in Oman. The citizens here possess a good quality of life. Low pollution, low poverty, less travel time, a better health sector, and the high purchasing power of people push Oman to the seventh position in the list of top quality-of-life countries.

Austria, a central European country, shares its borders with Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, and Italy. It’s famous for forts, palaces, and other structures. The country, which is a part of the Eastern Alps, is a favourite destination for tourists. Those who have been to Austria at least once can enjoy the high standard of living there. It is also a country that protects the wonders of nature in the best possible way. Low pollution levels and low crime rates characterize the country. High purchasing power, coupled with a low cost of living, keeps Austria in the top 10 countries on the list of quality-of-life nations.

The Scandinavian country of Norway is rich in mountains and beaches. Norway has been ranked in the top 10 countries due to its better weather conditions, low pollution, and low cost of living. Also, Norway is one of the safest countries in the world.

Spain is a royal nation in the world of football. Moreover, Spain maintains an excellent standard of living. Its culinary excellence and architecture are well known. Spain will be one of the countries always on the bucket list of travel enthusiasts. Spain is ranked 10th by Numbeo in the list of the world's top-quality countries. One of the most important features of Spain is its excellent weather. Low pollution and low crime rates make people's lives abundantly happy. Also, the low travel cost and low travel time make Spain a preferred choice.

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