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As some of you may know, Newsweek Magazine recently came out with their ranking of the best countries to live in during this day and age based on the following.

If you were born today, which country would provide you the very best opportunity to live a healthy, safe, reasonably prosperous, and upwardly mobile life?
For this special survey, then, NEWSWEEK chose five categories of national well-being—education, health, quality of life, economic competitiveness, and political environment—and compiled metrics within these categories across 100 nations.

The top 15 countries according to Newsweek are:
1. Finland
2. Switzerland
3. Sweden
4. Australia
5. Luxembourg
6. Norway
7. Canada
8. Netherlands
9. Japan
10. Denmark
11. United States
12. Germany
13. New Zealand
14. United Kingdom
15. South Korea
Full list here.

Thoughts on this? Of course, none of these lists can ever be perfect. This one seems pretty decent to me, though, except that Luxembourg being above Canada kind of surprised me.
Saw this in newsweek.

**** america.

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Isn't Iceland normally near the top in these things?

EDIT: They're not on the list at all. This list sucks.
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The US is higher than the UK? Fuck yeah!

I'm only joking.
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America is not the winner for every single slot?

Keep you doped with religion and sex and TV
And you think you're so clever and class less and free
But you're still fucking peasants as far as I can see

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Nice, USA beat UK. Maybe this'll help shut their arrogant little mouths.
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I knew Finland would be #1.

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Well, I love Newsweek, and I always love some statistics, and, as always, I'm always game to bash America, but I tend to take these with a grain of salt, and I have no idea why; that was just my first rection.
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Australia at #4?

NZ > UK This is all I care about (Contrary to previous Australia comment)

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Nice, USA beat UK. Maybe this'll help shut their arrogant little mouths.

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NZ is so low because theres no money here.

I'm doing my degree and then moving to Canada.
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We are objectively better than the UK and US. Fuck yeah.
*whining about US*

And its much easier to sustain a happy and healthy lifestyle in a small country. Each state in the US is basically a small European country.
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Life is good in Switzerland, I can attest =) but I do agree this list makes less sense for the geographically bigger countries. You live in a specific location, not like the whole country at once and the factors they chose for their list can vary quite a bit accordingly.
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It's just opinion.

This whole thing is based on statistics. The only opiniated part is the 100 they chose to be on the list as the best countries, everything else (the income rates, ect.) are all facts.
Most of these countries I wouldn't mind living in (some of them only certain parts) but I don't understand how countries like Honduras even make the list. When I went there it seemed about 2% of everybody was wealthy with a samll middle class but everyone else was ****ing poor.
...I'm already fascinated with the Finnish language and such, so, Finland here I come man.
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