20. United States

Lifestyle9 score – 66.47

United States

  • It’s needless to say that United States is one of the countries which offers convenience to the core. This is the place where you can get anything, at any point of time.
  • One of the best things that makes United States to the “Top 30 best countries to live in” list is its freedom of speech. Yes, you can criticize even the President, the Government, politicians, Professionals or anyone. It means that Americans respect each others’ rights to voice their opinion.
  • Just like Australians, even Americans are very warm-hearted. When it comes to disaster-scale events, nothing can stand before the strength of Americans’ unity.
  • People who live in United States are remarkably creative. No other country in the world has an extraordinary technical expertise in almost all fields as these people have.
  • Racial diversity and the Great Culture mix are two other important factors that anyone can enjoy in United States.
  • When we talk about United States, how can we ever skip out the entertainment industry especially the movie industry? ‘Hollywood’ in California is the center for film production companies. Some of the famous directors are Woody Allen, Stanley Kubrick etc.
  • The Grand Canyon, as the name signifies, is a geological wonder situated in a desert of Arizona. The length comes to 277 miles while it has a depth of more than 6000 feet. The place finds a mention in the Natural Wonders of the World.
  • Las Vegas in Nevada is popular for its gambling casinos and nightlife entertainment.
  • The moment you hear the word “United States” you are reminded of the “Statue of Liberty”, the sculpture in New York City. The statue, a female figure in robes represents Libertas (Roman Goddess).

19. New Zealand

Lifestyle9 score – 66.60

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  • Surprisingly, only 5% of New Zealand population is human. The rest 95% are animals.
  • As per Corruptions Perception Index, New Zealand is taking the lead in the list of least corrupted countries.
  • World’s longest place name is “Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu” which is a hill located in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.
  • One of the major tourist attractions is the Sky Tower in Auckland. It is 1076 feet high. It offers wonderful views till a distance of eight kilometers in any direction. In SkyTower, you have the 360 degree revolving Orbit restaurant.
  • Factors like economical freedom, employment, prosperity, lack of corruption and enhanced life quality have raised New Zealand as one of the best countries to live in the world.
  • If you want to enjoy clean air and water, head onto New Zealand.
  • Home to many famous personalities such as Sir Edmund Hillary, who conquered Mount Everest for the first time, Peter Jackson, the director of movies – “Lord of the Rings”, and Ernest Rutherford – first human to split an atom.
  • Holds the honor of being among the few countries which have two national anthems – God Defend New Zealand and God Save the Queen.

18. Austria

Lifestyle9 score – 66.84

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  • When economic crisis hit Europe, you won’t believe, but it had only gone down by 0.1%, in Austria. This factor alone is enough to declare, “Vienna is immune to the crisis”. So if you are in a business, investing in Vienna would be a profitable option.
  • Vienna is a historic, economic, cultural and political center of Austria. It has secured the highest per capita GDP when compared to all other cities in the world.
  • Population is around 1.731 million (Vienna alone).
  • Average net income of people is €19,769 per year (in Vienna).
  • Average age of people comes around 43.4 years.
  • In 2010, Vienna received the urban planning award from United Nations. Reason: People of Vienna have managed to transform its old infrastructure into modern homes, in a short span of time.
  • Through multimillion-dollar program, Vienna has renovated nearly 5000 buildings with more than 250,000 apartments.
  • Vienna is often referred as “The City of Music” and “The City of Dreams”.
  • Nearly 5 million tourists from all over the world visit Austria every year.
  • It is the world’s most chosen place for conducting conferences.
  • In Austria, 90% of people claim that they are satisfied with their housing and basic facilities.
  • Schönbrunn Palace, located in Vienna, Austria is famous for its numerous rooms (1441) and is one of the major tourist attractions of the world. The history of the palace dates back to 300 years.
  • People of Austria manage to save $28852. This figure is higher than the OECD’s average of $23047.
  • They have the best schooling system in the country and it promises to offer high-class education to all its pupils.
  • When it comes to an employment rate, regardless of their education level, rate of men seems higher than women.
  • Austria is reported to be one of the richest countries in the world in terms of GDP. Not only is Austria rich but is also the home to biggest industry firms.
  • Apart from being a well-developed country, it is a great pick for international tourism too.
  • Some of the famous novelists and poets of Austria are Stefan Zweig, Robert Musil, Franz Grillparzer and Rainer Maria Rilke.
  • Tourism places of interests include Schönbrunn Palace (with 1440 rooms).
  • It is the only European continental country that has not joined the NATO.
  • Sigmund Freud (father of psycho-analysis) was an Austrian and so was the Hollywood star, Arnold Schwarzenegger, who grew up in this country before he proceeded to follow his dreams.
  • Till the year 2012, the country had the distinction of having 19 Nobel Prize laureates.

17. Spain

Lifestyle9 score – 66.93

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When you hear the word “Spain” the word that comes to your mind is Spanish Armada, which you might have read in school, in the history period. Officially called as the ‘Kingdom of Spain’ and located in South Western Europe, it has secured third place in the world for having the maximum number of World Heritage Sites (44). A Nobel Prize in Literature was won by the Spaniard, Camilo José Cela (1989) and the other famous writers in Spain are Juan Ramón Jiménez, José Echegaray and Vicente Aleixandre.

The Spanish were famous for afternoon naps called ‘Siestas’, but since 2012, only some companies and offices are following the trend.The world famous dance of Spain is Flamenco. UNESCO has declared the art as one of ‘Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.’

This country is the third principal producer of the best wine in the world. If you are a tourist, you can notice a Spanish friend who will sip beer in the afternoon and go for wine at dinner time. The culture can be related to bar-hopping and another vital drink is the Spanish coffee having a different taste. Football is a religion in Spain and the National team has won every International title and League tournaments.

“La Tomatina” festival attracts tourists from every nook and corner of the world. The special day falls on the last Wednesday of the month of August. On the streets of Bunyol, you will see a food-fight of one-hour duration where tomatoes are specifically grown for the sole purpose of participating in this festival. However, there are rules and every participant has to adhere to them.

Some of the famous painters from Spain are El Greco and Diego Velazquez, Salvatore Dali, Juan Gris, Joan Miro and Pablo Picasso.

16. United Kingdom

Lifestyle9 score – 67.09

United Kingdom

Similar to UAE, United Kingdom is a combination of four countries – England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. This country is famous for its famous old buildings, River Thames and Parliament comprising of House of Lords and House of Commons. Some of the other major tourist attractions are Big Ben (Great Bell in the Elizabeth clock tower), Jewel Tower, Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace and The Royal Observatory in Greenwich.