Visionary minds seldom allow themselves to be limited by national borders. If you consider not only income but also quality of life, which country is the best to live in? Some surprising results.
Especially in autumn, when the days start to get shorter and bleak autumn storms rage over our flat landscape, attract more pleasant places. No wonder, then, that a large number of Northern Europeans winter in the sunny south. But what would it be like to spend your whole life in another country?
Some good indicators are the average income (in a rich country it is generally easier to find work and a good life), but even more important are health care and life expectancy.
There is now a website that allows you to compare countries on various such statistics: ifitweremyhome.com.
To answer an urgent question that we presumably all run around with: In general, the Netherlands scores slightly better than our southern neighbors. Income is higher in the Netherlands and energy consumption lower. And best of all: we don't have to work as hard for it here. In short: quite handy, that gas bubble. On the other hand, Belgian health care is a lot cheaper, but that at a price: life expectancy in Belgium is two months shorter. Yet there is less dichotomy in Belgium than here and fewer children die.
The comparison between the largest capitalist country in the world, the United States, and communist arch-rival Cuba also provides a interesting result. Although Cuba is many times poorer than the US, the quality of life is in many ways better. That with much less money and energy consumption. Only that life expectancy. That is seven months shorter in Cuba than in the US. Probably the cause is the Cuban smoking epidemic, almost twice as many Cubans as Americans smoke.
And what is the best country to live in? Try Sweden. Unless you find better countries ...