Is there a heaven on Earth? Probably not but here is the list of countries that are almost as good as that. There are many factors that you will have to consider before deciding to move to a country like the weather, cost of living, the people, if it’s good for kids to be raised in and a million more things like that. And it can get tedious to research all that stuff and make a decision. So we have done all the work for you and here is a concise list.
Currency: Turkish Lira (TRY)
Average income per person: $22,021
Average life expectancy: 74.57 years
The Turks are very laid back. If you want a no hurry lifestyle, the Turks won’t disappoint you. And if you are worried about language as a barrier, don’t. English is widely spoken. The weather in Turkey is perfect to match with all your moods. This makes outdoor living very popular in Turkey. The Turks are also known for eating healthy food. Their seafood is freshly caught and so their restaurants serve food that is free from preservatives and the like. And also, since fast food and microwaved meals are very expensive, they tend to cook their food with fresh produce.
Population: 263.51 million
Currency: Indonesian Rupiah
Average income per person: $11,699
Average life expectancy: 72.45 years
Indonesians have their own customs and practices that you may be required to follow. Disrespect to this may be taken as an offense. Which obviously means that the people are conservative. Their dress code is a little modest and so if you are from the west, this might take some getting used to. Despite all this, they have a very vibrant nightlife but you should know where to look for it. People from the west, especially women may need some time to get used to the gender inequality. All stereotypes centered around women can be found here. But you will find that living here will be easy on the pocket. Food is good yet cheap (alcohol excluded). Taxis are ridiculously cheap. Mobile phone and broadband tariffs are very affordable too. Pretty cool right?
Average income per person: $44,881
Average life expectancy: 80.88 years
Chocolates. Belgium produces the best chocolates in the world. Belgium has a rich and diverse culture. Owing to this, there are a lot of languages being spoken in Belgium. In a city like Brussels, people will hear colleagues of a company speak in two or three different languages. But this rich culture and tradition is also accompanied by the cultural sensitivity of the locals. One huge advantage is that in a not so big country like Belgium, you can choose to live in the country but don’t have to go through the ordeal of a very long commute to get to work in the city. And you can also save on accommodation by choosing to live in the suburbs. Also the country has excellent public transport infrastructure. Belgium boasts excellent cuisine and dining. Also, they are famous for offering the finest beers in the world. So you will definitely gain a pound or two within a couple weeks of moving here.
Average income per person: $15,095
Average life expectancy: 75.41 years
The most populated country in the world has held onto that status for a really long time now. Let’s see why. It is a wonderful place to start your career. Talent and hard work is appreciated and recognized. Language may be a barrier but there will be plenty of opportunities for you to learn mandarin everyday and it would do you good to not let go of those opportunities. You also get excellent Chinese, Japanese and Korean food 24*7. The cost of living is not too much and you will benefit if you learn to handle money and finances like the Chinese because a majority of them don’t spend extravagantly. And the general attitude and behavior of the people will take some getting used to, especially if you are from the west. And also you will have to incorporate specific habits to deal with the pollution.
Average income per person: $36,143
Average life expectancy: 81.57 years
The Spanish will instantly love you if you even take the slightest effort to speak their language. And it is not that hard to learn. The Spanish have a zest for life and live everyday like it’s their last. Spain also has amazing beaches and scenic beauty. The weather in Spain is romantic throughout the year. The local delicacies are extremely tasty. Their education and health care systems are also good. It is known to be one of the best countries to settle down in after retirement.
Average income per person: $47,856
Average life expectancy: 81.39 years
Austria is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. It is the land of Mozart. And if you have watched ‘Sound of Music’ you would know what I’m talking about. And this is extremely well maintained. Children in Austria are encouraged to choose their own careers usually in the field of arts and pursue them. Most Austrians speak English. Locals enjoy operas and the Salzburg Festival is most looked forward to. All citizens receive publicly funded health care, which is really good, but they can also purchase a supplementary private health insurance. Austria empowers their women with equality and freedom. Their public transportation system is timely and safe. Austrian wine is also known all over the world. It is also known for its black coffee.
Average income per person: 36,191
Average life expectancy: 82.12 years
Firstly, if you don’t know Italian, learn it. A majority of the Italians are not fluent in English and they are too proud of their language to make an effort to learn it. Their culture and heritage is extremely rich and they have preserved it very well. How would it be to cross the Colosseum on your way to work? The apartments and houses are well maintained and neat. So it should not be that hard to find one that suits your liking. Their education system s very good and public education is free. Their public transportation system is cheap, safe and reliable. They have the most amazing health care system. The country has the best public hospitals and it is all free or ridiculously cheap for EU citizens. And they are the partying kind and have a buzzing nightlife. Italy also has amazing supermarkets. Even the smallest supermarket in the remotest town will have very fresh produce. And if you have watched Julia Roberts’ ‘Eat Pray Love’, I don’t have to tell you about Italian cuisine. But for others – Pizza and Pasta.
Average income per person: $42,654
Average life expectancy: 80.77 years
The first thing you should probably know is that language is not a barrier. Everyone speaks English. They offer very good quality and affordable education. The standard of living is very high. But you can easily make ends meet if you find yourself a job. And finding one of those is not hard even if you are a foreigner. The Finnish welcome everyone and don’t hesitate to give appreciation where it is due. They are not a very noisy crowd though. They usually will not initiate conversations with strangers but once the ice is broken, you will be surprised to see how nice and friendly they are. They have a very good health care system as well. The Finnish government has many environment friendly policies in place to maintain and preserve its nature. It might also interest you to know that according to Reader’s Digest, Helsinki is one of the most honest cities in the world.
Currency: Yen (JPY)
Average income per person: $40,090
Average life expectancy: 84.74 years
Japan is full of convenience stores where you can find anything and everything that you may need. They are always customer friendly. Japanese food is great. It is healthy and it tastes great. It is so easy to find a teachers’ job in Japan. They are always willing to learn English and there is always a shortage of English professors. But you should know that the Japanese are workaholics and perfectionists. If you are European, this may need some getting used to. Japanese public transport is one of the best in the world. It makes it so much easier to travel around the country. The health care system in Japan is fantastic. This and their food is probably why many of them live to see a hundred. The crime rate is also very low. It is also a beautiful country to live in. Also, visit Mount Fuji while you are there.
Average income per person: $50,503
Average life expectancy: 80.68 years
Irish folklore is known all over the world for their fairies, leprechauns and castles. If not a castle, finding a beautiful home in Ireland will not be difficult as they have something to suit every budget. It’s excellent location makes visiting other countries very easy. Barcelona is two hours away, Rome is three hours away and the UK is just a mere 45 minutes away. The weather can be pretty unpredictable but it rarely ever snows in Ireland. Also, by law, employees are required to avail their 20 days of compulsory leave every year. If you are lucky enough, your employer may even award extra vacation days to you. The Irish have excellent work-life balance. Also, Ireland is very safe. Guns are illegal. But if you own a farm, you can have a farm kind of gun. The homicide rate is 1.1 per 1000 people. The public healthcare system is very good is funded with general taxes. The government also offers excellent public transport. And rental cars are pretty cheap. But fuel is a little expensive. Ireland is known for their music. And also, if you don’t already know, Ireland is full of pubs. So if you are the partying kind, go pack your bags already.