If you are wondering, where on our planet the happiest people reside and which could be the best place to live, work and retire, here is something for you, in the same context. In this post, you will find a very detailed list of best countries to live in 2015.

Every year, Lifestyle9 Team releases “The best country to live in” ratings. This year, we have taken it to the next level. After conducting numerous surveys and research from many countries, we have come up with the new “Lifestyle9 Score” based on ten different factors.


A country’s robust economy doesn’t mean that its people are living a joyful and a satisfied life. To determine life’s real prosperity, ten factors have been taken into account by us. These include:

1. Climate

It is well-known that climate and weather can have a major impact on human lives. Climate can be best defined as the average weather condition experienced by humans in a particular place for a long interval of time. Weather and climate specify different factors but they are related. Extreme hot weather will make you stay at home, whereas extreme cold weather compels for various layers of clothes to be worn over your body.

2. Safety Index

This aspect concerns the crime rate and safety index in a country. The experiences of tourists as well as international agencies’ data have been taken into account.

Personal security of an individual, feeling vulnerable in case of adverse circumstances in any country has been taken into consideration for this variable. The data covers all risks right from physical assault to every crime. The after-effects may be aplenty such as physical and emotional pain with stress, anxiety and loss of property as well as life.

3. Percentage of people aged 15 to 64 that are employed

Labor force is essential to a country’s economy and in this section, the number of population above 15 years of age suitable for work during a specified period has been included.

4. Environmental Performance Index

The rankings of EPI are based on the performance of countries on environmental issues in two broad areas – preservation of ecosystems and protection of health (human) from any environmental harm or destruction.

5. Life Expectancy

Usually, life expectancy in a country is calculated by the average number of years an individual might live, assuming that the mortality rates in each age should remain constant in the future.


The Corruption Index was first launched in 1995, and since that time, it has served as a forefront for determining/measuring the levels of corruption in the public sector companies of every country. The index values are, in fact, harsh realities of people living in those countries and are the combined view and data of business people, analysts around the world.

7. Education Index

The Education Index is determined from the “Mean years of schooling index” and the “Expected years of schooling index.”

8. Per Capita Income

It can be best defined as “evaluating the wealth of the population of a country/nation” in comparison with other nations/countries. It is most commonly used to determine a specific country’s living standard. It is expressed in international currency such as the United States or Eurodollar.

9. Human Development Index

As the name signifies, it is a combined data measurement of literacy, standards of living, life expectancy and quality of life in countries worldwide. Analysts, by using the data, can calculate – if a country is developed, developing or underdeveloped. It is used for evaluating the importance and benefit of various economic policies on the value or quality of life in a country.

10. Natural Safety Index

This parameter is given in the form of percentage values. The percentage usually denotes the country’s vulnerability to natural disasters around the world. The natural negative effects include floods, earthquakes, droughts, storms and sea level rises (tsunami). The range of values and their classification are as follows:

  • 0.10 to 3.61 – Very low
  • 3.63 to 5.68 – Low
  • 5.69 to 7.43 – Medium
  • 7.46 to 10.37 – High
  • 10.46 to 36.43 – Very High


“Happiness” is the key to deciding the best countries. Why? Read the quotes given by the author of the world happiness report:

People who are emotionally happier, who have more satisfying lives, and who live in happier communities, are more likely both now and later to be healthy, productive, and socially connected. These benefits in turn flow more broadly to their families, workplaces, and communities, to the advantage of all.

It clearly states that when people of a nation are happy, other factors will automatically fall in its support. On a scale that runs from 0 to 10, even the happiest nations that topped the list of best countries could not attain 10/10. However, they have managed to hit the list with an average of 7s. While measuring a country’s happiness, list of best ones keeps changing abruptly with ups and downs every month. You can see the changes by comparing our best countries list in 2013 and 2014. When I tried analyzing the reason behind this dramatic change, it was something beyond this article’s scope. Rather than diverting the topic, I would better move on to our best countries listing.

When the world happiness report was released for the first time in 2012, it drew international attention and now it’s time to go to the new one. If you are interested in reading the entire report submitted to United Nations General Assembly, you can download by clicking here.

Now, let’s start our journey in the reverse chronological order. We do value your suggestions. If you are a resident of a country that exists in our list, we invite you to share your comments with us and other readers as well. And I am sure none other than you will know your country better. Following countries are identified as the top 30 best countries to live in, with a high level of happiness.

30. China – Lifestyle9 score – 55.93

29. Japan – Lifestyle9 score – 60.059

28. South Korea – Lifestyle9 score – 61.146

27. Ireland – Lifestyle9 score – 61.837

26. Belgium- Lifestyle9 score – 63.563

25. France – Lifestyle9 score – 64.739

24. Netherlands – Lifestyle9 score – 65.419

23. Malta – Lifestyle9 score – 65. 60

22. Portugal – Lifestyle9 score – 65.81

21. Israel – Lifestyle9 score – 66.18