From cost of living to health care to climate, here are the nations with the best quality of life:
France (No. 1): “Tiresome bureaucracy and high taxes” can’t trump the “world’s best health care,” the “joy of lingering for hours over dinner and a bottle of red wine in a Parisian brasserie,” or “antique streets paved with poetry.”
Australia (2): Good health care and infrastructure, and dividends from the booms in Asia and China. Plus, “sandy, sunny, and safe beaches.”
Switzerland (3): A “super-efficient, high-tech society.”
Germany (4): Great average salary—$61,433—monster health benefits, “and their legendary autobahns are still mostly without speed limits.” Good thing for that health insurance.
New Zealand (5) : “A wonderful place to relocate and raise a family,” but be forewarned. It’s tough to emigrate.
US (7): The “land of convenience” has something for everyone. The editors say it’s safe, comfortable, and “can even be affordable.”
For the full list, see International Living