This will upset a few here!

Best country to live in. The USA comes in a number five (best quality of life) but look who comes in at number two:

1 Like

I don’t see the US, even in the top 18. Sweden, Norway, Canada, Denmark, and Finland are the top five.


D’s link was to ‘Quality of Life’ - a subcategory. The overall rankings referred to are at:



Just goes to show how far you can get

as a former jock (agility),
with a big stick (power),
the most profitable businesses (entrepreneurship),
and 3rd place in the influencer games (culture)

Who cares about the rest? :roll_eyes:

1 Like

The people who live the rest. :slightly_smiling_face:

My California cousins love it and asked me to stay but I declined.

The Captain

I thought this ranking was more interesting.

That questionnaire is pretty woke, because attributes supporting business include transparency, good infrastructure, and rule of law. What I see in almost every corporate PR screed and proxy I vote on is complaints about “intrusive big gummit”, complaints about taxes, and complaints about the law. Clearly, transparency, the infrastructure that is maintained with tax revenue, and laws, are seen as obstacles by businesses in Shiny-land.

According to the questionnaire, my best fits are 1: Switzerland, 2: Australia, 3: Canada. 4: Sweden, 5: New Zealand, 6: Shiny-land.


1 Like

For me it is: Switzerland, Japan, US, Australia, Canada, Germany, France, Sweden, UK, New Zealand.

The issue I have with this type of thing is that there are so many other factors that you (or I) would want accounted for. For example, cost of living. In your case, you would HATE living in Switzerland because the cost of living is VERY high, you may find a “cheap lunch” once or twice a week, but you won’t find it seven days a week. Nor will you find too many coupons of appreciable value. And you will rarely, very rarely, find working stuff in the street trash for the taking (and refurbishing). You will criticize the L&S there, and you will wonder why they hardly allow any immigration at all, even when certain segments have difficulty finding adequate labor. You will rail against the banksters that still wield inordinate power over nearly everything. Australia and New Zealand have similarly high COL, I was once shocked at the McDonalds prices described in Australia. Similarly housing is ridiculously expensive in Canada, even in relatively remote regions, and you can’t go too remote as you need to be in proximity to adequate medical care (despite universal care, quality varies from place to place). Sweden, you may like, but with your type of retirement, there wouldn’t be too much room in the budget for many “extras”.

The interesting thing is that the US is rapidly turning into such a place. My pet theory is that as govt comprises a larger and larger percentage of GDP, there is less and less available for the private sector (the “peons”) and prices of almost everything important (housing, medical care, education, etc) go up.


Italy, Spain, France - they got some right, these are the countries I love visiting. My dream is to end up retiring in one of these three. I didn’t look into it seriously enough, but it might come true. Talking about a charming small town, not Rome, Madrid or Paris.

1 Like

It is dead easy to retire to Spain. You basically just have to show income of €2,400/month, have health insurance, and promise not to work.