Best 68 countries to live in

Best 68 countries to live in

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Usually, the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), which is the value of goods and services produced by a country each year, is used by analysts to measure the success of the respective country. But a country’s economic success does not guarantee its citizens’ happiness and well-being, shows an article written by Michael Green for the TED website. So he came up with another idea.

The Social Progress Index has been launched in 2014 by Green and his team at the Social Progress Imperative, and it aims to determine what it means to be a good society. The index is based on three main dimensions: Basic Human Needs (food, water, shelter, safety), Foundations of Wellbeing (basic education, information, health and a sustainable environment), and Opportunity (do people have rights, freedom of choice, freedom from discrimination, and access to higher education?)

These 12 features make up the framework of Social Progress and helped Green’s team come up with a ranking of what are the world’s most socially progressive countries. Here is the list from the 2015 ranking:

  1. Norway
  2. Sweden
  3. Switzerland
  4. Iceland
  5. New Zeeland
  6. Canada
  7. Finland
  8. Denmark
  9. Netherlands
  10. Australia
  11. United Kingdom
  12. Ireland
  13. Austria
  14. Germany
  15. Japan
  16. United Statea
  17. Belgium
  18. Portugal
  19. Slovenia
  20. Spain
  21. France
  22. Czech Republic
  23. Estonia
  24. Uruguay
  25. Slovakia
  26. Chile
  27. Poland
  28. Costa Rica
  29. Korea, Republic of
  30. Cyprus
  31. Italy
  32. Hungary
  33. Latvia
  34. Greece
  35. Lithuania
  36. Mauritius
  37. Croatia
  38. Argentina
  39. United Arab Emirates
  40. Israel
  41. Panama
  42. Brazil
  43. Bulgaria
  44. Jamaica
  45. Serbia
  46. Malaysia
  47. Kuwait
  48. Montenegro
  49. Colombia
  50. Romania
  51. Ecuador
  52. Albania
  53. Macedonia
  54. Mexico
  55. Peru
  56. Paraguay
  57. Thailand
  58. Turkey
  59. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  60. Georgia
  61. Armenia
  62. Ukraine
  63. South Africa
  64. Philippines
  65. Botswana
  66. Belarus
  67. Tunisia
  68. El Salvador
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Caroline Parker has a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies from the University of Bucharest. She is currently pursuing a master's degree in the same field. She specializes in gender issues, ethnic minorities, and has a passion for literature, but she loves to find out more about any subject she comes across. When she is not busy with her studies, she is attending conferences, seeing plays which deal with contemporary issues in society, traveling, taking photos for her Instagram account, and watching beauty related vlogs. She aims to become a published writer and to pursue a Ph.D. is the field of gender studies.