Sweden – the third best country to live in Posted by jennie on Aug 17, 2010 in Culture
Alright, if you would have asked me, I might have given us a gold medal, but according to the US magazine Newsweek’s investigation published today, Sweden is the third best country to live in in the whole wide world. Not bad, right?
Newsweek have evaluated 100 countries based on five categories: health, economic dynamism, education, political environment and quality of life. And because it’s easier to improve quality of life if you’re a tiny and rich country, the list also accounts for income and size with rankings by subcategories. In other words, the title “Best country in the world” has many holders.
But Sweden scores top marks when it comes to our political environment, it is regarded the best in the world:
In a competition for most neutral country Sweden could give Switzerland a run for its money: Swedes haven’t fought a war in nearly two centuries, and even though they joined the EU in 1995, they have not adopted the euro. Transparency International ranks Sweden among the top three least corrupt countries in the world. The cartoonist Lars Vilks–who was attacked for drawing the prophet Muhammad as a dog–embodies Sweden’s commitment to freedom of speech as well as freedom of religion. All religious places of worship in Sweden receive some funding from the government, for example. Perhaps it’s the open environment that inspires about 80 percent of Swedes to vote.
We get our worst score in the education category where we only make it to number 19, beaten by Australia, Netherlands and Estonia amongst other countries with more average years of schooling. An average Swede goes to school for 15.4 years, according to Newsweek. In health, we are rated third and 5th overall in economic dynamism.
I strongly recommend a click here for the an excellent and interactive tool where you can compare all the countries against each other and get some valuable facts and figures.
So, what’s the best country to live in then, all in all? The winner is, not surprisingly, our neighbour Finland, followed by Switzerland.
The 10 best countries to live in – according to Newsweek:
“Hurra! Vi är tredje bäst i världen!”
Photo: Marta Debeba/Sweden.se
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