Making an international move for work or to improve quality life is something that many Americans aspire to achieve in their lives. When taking on a global move, there are many ideas of what quality of life includes. The essentials for most individuals and their families are easy access to food, housing, quality education and health care. Quality of life can also include intangible items such as job security, political stability, environmental quality and individual freedoms. Research from US NEWS looked at the best countries to relocate to that supply quality of life through all life phases. Crown took a closer look at the top 4 countries Canada, Denmark, Sweden and Australia and some of the many great reasons to relocate internationally.
Relocating to Canada
Canada is ranked number one country in the world for quality of life. The country takes up about two-fifths of the North American continent, making it the second largest country in the world after Russia. For such a huge nation, Canada only has 35 million citizens, and they are some of the best looked after in the world. Canada's healthcare is what makes it stand above the rest. Education and opportunity in the country are also impressively strong.
Canada prides themselves in encouraging all of their citizens to honor their own cultures, they have a remarkable reputation for welcoming immigrants and professionals seeking to relocate with their families. The attributes that lead to Canada's first place ranking include: an economically stable job market, safety, family-friendly and a well-developed public education and public health system. It's no wonder Canada is at the top of the list.
Relocating to Denmark
In Denmark, the ability to balance working life with family life has been found to have a direct link to health and well-being. According to the OECD Better Life Index, there is a strong sense of community and high levels of civic participation in Denmark, where 95% of people believe that they know someone they could rely on in time of need.
Denmark ranks above average in many dimensions attributing to their second place ranking: work-life balance, social connections, environmental quality, civic engagement, education and skills, jobs and earnings, work-life balance health status, subjective well-being and personal security. It is certainly no surprise that the country ranks number two in the world for quality of life.
Relocating to Sweden
Scandinavian countries have always been at the top of any list for best quality of life. In fact, Norway and Finland are also on the top 10 US News list of countries with best quality of life, behind Sweden. Swedish business savvy and high education coupled with a supportive government has made the country an ideal relocation mecca for tech startups and established tech brands. The country is also home to some of the most reputable, well-known brands in the world, including Volvo, Electrolux, Ericsson, IKEA and H&M.
Over the past few years Sweden's high tax rates have decreased, and an advanced infrastructure and transportation network assist with equal wealth distribution. Health care, as well as a college education, are free, and its people boast one of the longest life expectancies in the world. Almost all of Sweden's trash is recycled, ranking high for environmental and sustainability causes. Sweden is an ideal relocation whether temporarily or permanently, offering expats some of the highest wages in the world.
Relocating to Australia
On the other side of the world, Australia rounds out the top 4 best quality of life countries, Crown Relocations is taking a deeper dive into. Australia is considered a wealthy nation with a market-based economy that has a comparatively high gross domestic product and per capita income. Its economy is highly stable and driven by the service sector and the export of commodities.
Survey respondents ranked the continent high for safety, health consciousness and friendly people. With the draw of scenic landscapes and moderate winters it's highly desirable for retirees. There is a good reason so many people want to start a new life "down under." Australia has a fantastic education system, plenty of job opportunities and a strong sense of personal freedom.