Through all phases of life, Canada and Scandinavian countries treat their citizens well, according to US News.
Best Countries for Quality of Life
- New Zealand
- United Kingdom
- South Korea
- Czech Republic
More info at US News
U.S. News & World Report has released their annual “Best Countries” index.
They evaluated 80 countries and surveyed 21,000 people from four regions (the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East and Africa). Countries were graded 65 different ways, from how well they rank in “citizenship,” “cultural influence,” “education,” “heritage,” “power,” to “quality of life,” to name a few.
Interestingly, both the UK and the USA are down one position in this year’s rankings.
- Germany (up 1 from 2017)
- United Kingdom (down 1 from 2017)
- Australia (up 1 from 2017)
- United States (down 1 from 2017)
- Netherlands (up 1 from 2017)
More at US News & World Report
According to Mercer’s Annual Cost of Living Survey:
- Hong Kong
The Best of the Best, according to U.S. News & World Report:
- United Kingdom
- United States
- New Zealand
Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler:
There’s a “best of” list for nearly everything—the best countries for expats, the best places to go in 2018, the best pizza in Italy (you’re welcome). Now, U.S. News & World Report has released a veritable best-of-the-best list, with its annual “Best Countries” index. This study is no joke: They evaluated 80 countries and surveyed 21,000 people from four regions (the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East and Africa); places were graded 65 different ways, for how well they rank in “citizenship,” “cultural influence,” “education,” “heritage,” “power,” “quality of life,” to name a few. Here, the ten best countries in the world, and what they’re, well, best for. Counting down… This gallery was originally published in 2016. It has been updated with new results.
Lindsey Galloway writing for BBC Travel:
In these countries, people live substantially longer than the worldwide average of 71 years – and each place has its own reason of vitality.
- Japan – The Japanese live to 83 on average.
Much credit for this has been given to the local diet, which includes plentiful tofu and sweet potato, and a small amount of fish. Active social circles among older residents and a strong community also contribute to lower levels of stress and a strong sense of belonging.
The Mediterranean diet, rich in heart-healthy olive oil, vegetables and wine, has long contributed to Spain’s long-lived population (averaging 82.8). But Spain has another longevity secret up its sleeve: the siesta.
With broad access to the country’s state-of-the-art medical facilities and what’s been called a ‘miracle’ healthcare system, Singaporeans are living longer than ever at an average of 83.1 years old. The country has one of the lowest maternal and infant mortality rates in the world, and makes preventative care a focus of its healthcare.
Men fare better in Switzerland than anywhere else in the world, living to be 81 on average. As one of Europe’s wealthiest countries, access to high-quality healthcare, strong personal safety and sense of wellbeing contributes to the high rank – with some studies even pointing to the country’s high intake of cheese and dairy as a leading factor.
South Korea is set to be the first country to hit a life expectancy of 90 years according to recent research, which credits a strong and growing economy, broad access to healthcare and lower blood pressure than Western countries for its upward trajectory.
Respect for the tasty lobster emoji.
Associated Press via Bloomberg:
The Portland Press Herald reports soon after the Unicode Consortium released proposed images of 157 new emojis to be made available this year, Maine residents took umbrage at the lobster emoji’s eight legs instead of the correct 10.
Meanwhile, Switzerland passes law that makes it illegal to boil live lobsters while they are conscious
Heading out on a solo adventure can be one of the most rewarding travel experiences. It also comes with unique challenges. Anna McNuff, Trisha Andres, Emma Thomson, Lois Pryce, and Richard Madden, writing for The Telegraph have put together a list of holidays the intrepid traveller can do alone. Some of the more adventurous include:
- A multi- day hike through Bolivia, starting from the sprawling city of La Paz
- Head off in search of the Northern Lights and explore the wilderness of Finland
- Pedal through the Swiss and Italian Alps
- Horseback riding in Argentina at Estancia La Rosita in northern Argentina
- Meet the tribes of Papua New Guinea
- Dog-sledding across frozen lakes in northern Finland
- Survival skills in the African bush
- Learn to dive in Zanzibar