The Most Desirable Countries to Live in 2017

If emigration is something you’ve considered but you’re not sure which new country you would like to call home, one large-scale report has simplified the comparison process, producing a definitive list of the best countries to live in the world by order of rank.

The United States’ 2017 Best Countries report has revealed the top-twenty most desirable countries to live in, out of a total of 80 countries evaluated. The report awarded each country a score based on several different criteria including economic standing, social equality, power and quality of life, then compiled these figures to assign each nation a rank from one to 20. Over 20,000 socio-cultural and economic experts, business leaders and ordinary citizens from each country in the running were interviewed to assist in the scoring process.

Switzerland took the top position as best country in the world overall, it also headed the sub-criteria leader board for “best place to retire”. Canada took the gold for best quality of life and best education system, holding on the 2nd position overall, where was placed as a result of the 2016 report. Despite the recent controversy of the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union it remains the 3rd best country in the world to live, unmoving from last year’s score board.

Several countries such as France and Germany fell a few positions compared to the 2016 Best Countries report, with Germany moving down three places from 1st to 4th place. This drop was caused by a reduction in scores for three key categories: open for business, quality of life and citizenship. Japan took fifth position, showing itself to be an attractive prospect for career-driven immigrants. The country scored exceptionally well in categories such as growing economies, cultural influence and entrepreneurship.

If you’re looking to start a family, the Nordic nations Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark scored highly across relevant categories and were all placed in the top 15 best countries overall.  Sweden in particular did well, being named the best country for women’s rights, raising children and green living.

The United States gave a poorer performance compared to previous reports, ranking in 7th place overall due to a reduction in scores across multiple categories including best for business, adventure tourism, education system, citizenship and transparency. However the US did hold on to the top spot for power, ranking 1st place with Russia coming in second.

Here are the full results of the 2017 Best Countries report:

  1. Switzerland
  2. Canada
  3. United Kingdom
  4. Germany
  5. Japan
  6. Sweden
  7. United States
  8. Australia
  9. France
  10. Norway
  11. Netherlands
  12. Denmark
  13. Finland
  14. New Zealand
  15. Singapore
  16. Italy
  17. Luxembourg
  18. Austria
  19. Spain
  20. China