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Which are the best countries of 2019?

Best countries of 2019 (1 - 5)
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South Korea
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Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
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Switzerland
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Norway
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Liechtenstein
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Sweden
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Japan
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Iceland
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Austria
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Summary
Summary
  • Geography (24)
  • Demographics (63)
  • Economy (86)
  • Infrastructure (33)
  • Quality of living (68)
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  • Demographics (74)
  • Economy (81)
  • Infrastructure (34)
  • Quality of living (68)
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  • Economy (89)
  • Infrastructure (33)
  • Quality of living (61)
  • Geography (14)
  • Demographics (68)
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  • Infrastructure (35)
  • Quality of living (56)
  • Geography (23)
  • Demographics (63)
  • Economy (84)
  • Infrastructure (41)
  • Quality of living (29)
  • Geography (25)
  • Demographics (66)
  • Economy (79)
  • Infrastructure (36)
  • Quality of living (62)
  • Geography (29)
  • Demographics (59)
  • Economy (93)
  • Infrastructure (38)
  • Quality of living (69)
  • Geography (6)
  • Demographics (73)
  • Economy (84)
  • Infrastructure (51)
  • Quality of living (56)
  • Geography (24)
  • Demographics (60)
  • Economy (81)
  • Infrastructure (32)
  • Quality of living (67)
  • Geography (2)
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Pros
Pros
  • Longer life expectancy at birth
  • Longer life expectancy at birth for females
  • More forests
  • Lower youth unemployment rate
  • Less public debt
  • Lower obesity rate among adults
  • Higher GDP per capita
  • Less public debt
  • Lower youth unemployment rate
  • Higher percentage of internet users
  • Lower death rate
  • Lower median age of female population
  • Longer life expectancy at birth
  • Longer life expectancy at birth for females
  • Higher GDP per capita
  • Lower youth unemployment rate
  • Lower obesity rate among adults
  • Lower unemployment rate
  • Higher GDP per capita
  • Less public debt
  • Lower youth unemployment rate
  • Higher percentage of internet users
  • Lower population density
  • More physicians per 1,000 people
  • Higher GDP per capita
  • Lower unemployment rate
  • Higher percentage of internet users
  • Lower death rate
  • Higher GDP per capita
  • More forests
  • Lower obesity rate among adults
  • More physicians per 1,000 people
  • Lower median age of female population
  • Lower population density
  • Longer life expectancy at birth
  • Longer life expectancy at birth for females
  • More forests
  • Lower obesity rate among adults
  • Lower youth unemployment rate
  • Lower unemployment rate
  • Longer life expectancy at birth
  • Longer life expectancy at birth for females
  • Higher GDP per capita
  • Lower obesity rate among adults
  • Lower youth unemployment rate
  • Lower unemployment rate
  • More forests
  • Lower obesity rate among adults
  • Lower youth unemployment rate
  • Lower population density
  • More physicians per 1,000 people
  • Fewer people living below the poverty line
  • Higher GDP per capita
  • Lower youth unemployment rate
  • Lower death rate
  • Lower youth unemployment rate for females
  • Lower median age of female population
Cons
Cons
  • Population density
  • Total land area
  • Total surface
  • Inland waterways
  • Percentage of internet users
  • Physicians per 1,000 people
  • Physicians per 1,000 people
  • Inland waterways
  • Roadways
  • Railway network
  • Youth unemployment rate for females
  • Unemployment rate
  • Total land area
  • Total water area
  • Total surface
  • Inland waterways
  • Percentage of internet users
  • Roadways
  • Total land area
  • Total surface
  • Inland waterways
  • Adult obesity rate
  • Roadways
  • Youth unemployment rate for females
  • Total land area
  • Total water area
  • Total surface
  • Inland waterways
  • Roadways
  • Railway network
  • Percentage of internet users
  • Hospital beds per 1,000 inhabitants
  • Public debt
  • Youth unemployment rate for females
  • Unemployment rate
  • Overall life expectancy at birth
  • Population density
  • Inland waterways
  • Percentage of internet users
  • Physicians per 1,000 people
  • Public debt
  • Death rate
  • Total land area
  • Total surface
  • Roadways
  • Agricultural land
  • Forests
  • Total land area
  • Total surface
  • Inland waterways
  • Percentage of internet users
  • Roadways
  • Public debt
  • Total land area
  • Total water area
  • Total surface
  • Adult obesity rate
  • Physicians per 1,000 people
  • Hospital beds per 1,000 inhabitants
Geography
Total land areaThe country’s total land area (excluding inland and sea waters). To get a better idea of how large the country is, you can compare it with a soccer field, which has 0.007km².
Total land areaThe country’s total land area (excluding inland and sea waters). To get a better idea of how large the country is, you can compare it with a soccer field, which has 0.007km².96 920 km²2 586 km²39 997 km²304 282 km²160 km²410 335 km²364 485 km²100 250 km²82 445 km²11 586 km²
Agricultural landThe percentage of land dedicated to agricultural use, including arable land, permanent crops, and permanent pasture.
Agricultural landThe percentage of land dedicated to agricultural use, including arable land, permanent crops, and permanent pasture.18.1%50.7%38.7%2.7%37.6%7.5%12.5%18.7%38.4%5.6%
ForestsThe percentage of land covered by forests. Forests have a key role in removing pollutants and cleansing the air.
ForestsThe percentage of land covered by forests. Forests have a key role in removing pollutants and cleansing the air.63.9%33.5%31.5%27.8%43.1%68.7%68.5%0.3%47.2%0%
Total surfaceIt can be nice to live in big cities or countries, as a larger space may offer more options for residents and visitors.
Total surfaceIt can be nice to live in big cities or countries, as a larger space may offer more options for residents and visitors.99 720 km²2 586 km²41 277 km²323 802 km²160 km²450 295 km²377 915 km²103 000 km²83 871 km²11 586 km²
Total water areaThe country’s total water area, summing up all inland waters: lakes, rivers, reservoirs, wetlands, etc.
Total water areaThe country’s total water area, summing up all inland waters: lakes, rivers, reservoirs, wetlands, etc.2 800 km²N.A.1 280 km²19 520 km²0 km²39 960 km²13 430 km²2 750 km²1 426 km²0 km²
Total score for "Geography"
Total score for "Geography"
Demographics
Death rateThe death rate, also called crude death rate, represents the number of annual deaths per 1,000 people at midyear.
Death rateThe death rate, also called crude death rate, represents the number of annual deaths per 1,000 people at midyear.6.3/10007.3/10008.4/10008/10007.6/10009.4/10009.9/10006.5/10009.7/10001.6/1000
Life expectancy at birth for femalesThe average life expectancy at birth for the country’s female population.
Life expectancy at birth for femalesThe average life expectancy at birth for the country’s female population.85.8 years85 years85.2 years84.1 years84.8 years84.3 years89 years85.5 years84.5 years81.2 years
Overall life expectancy at birthThe average life expectancy at birth is the number of years that the population of a country is expected to live. This metric reflects the overall quality of life.
Overall life expectancy at birthThe average life expectancy at birth is the number of years that the population of a country is expected to live. This metric reflects the overall quality of life.82.5 years82.4 years82.7 years82 years82 years82.2 years85.5 years83.1 years81.7 years79 years
Median age of female populationGenerally, a lower median age is considered better because a younger population is healthier. However, countries with an extremely low median age are often facing socio-economic problems, especially poverty.
Median age of female populationGenerally, a lower median age is considered better because a younger population is healthier. However, countries with an extremely low median age are often facing socio-economic problems, especially poverty.44 years39.9 years43.5 years40 years44.8 years42.2 years49.2 years37.3 years45.4 years28.2 years
Population densityPopulation density shows how cramped or spread out inhabitants are. Cities or countries with high population densities can be considered overpopulated, but this becomes an issue if the infrastructure is underdeveloped. Source: Wikipedia, 2019.
Population densityPopulation density shows how cramped or spread out inhabitants are. Cities or countries with high population densities can be considered overpopulated, but this becomes an issue if the infrastructure is underdeveloped. Source: Wikipedia, 2019.517 people/km²233.7 people/km²207 people/km²16 people/km²240 people/km²23 people/km²334 people/km²3.4 people/km²106 people/km²240 people/km²
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Total score for "Demographics"
Economy
GDP per capitaThe GDP per capita is calculated by dividing the total GDP by the number of people living in the country. A higher GDP per capita indicates a superior standard of living.
GDP per capitaThe GDP per capita is calculated by dividing the total GDP by the number of people living in the country. A higher GDP per capita indicates a superior standard of living.43 212$114 825$64 649$74 065$139 100$54 474$45 565$54 753$51 936$128 702$
Public debtAlso known as government debt or national debt, public debt refers to the sum of all government borrowings owed to lenders within the country.
Public debtAlso known as government debt or national debt, public debt refers to the sum of all government borrowings owed to lenders within the country.39.5% of GDP23% of GDP41.8% of GDP36.5% of GDPN.A.40.8% of GDP237.6% of GDP40% of GDP78.6% of GDP53.8% of GDP
Unemployment rateLow unemployment rate indicates better career opportunities and economic growth. Source: Wikipedia, 2019; city's official stats, 2019.
Unemployment rateLow unemployment rate indicates better career opportunities and economic growth. Source: Wikipedia, 2019; city's official stats, 2019.3.7%5.8%3.2%4.2%2.4%6.7%2.9%2.8%5.5%8.9%
Youth unemployment rate for femalesThe percent of the total labor force comprised of young females (ages 15-24) who are unemployed during a specific year.
Youth unemployment rate for femalesThe percent of the total labor force comprised of young females (ages 15-24) who are unemployed during a specific year.9.7%13.2%8%9%N.A.17%3.1%7.1%8.7%2%
Youth unemployment rateThe number of young people with ages between 15-24 who are unemployed during a specific year. The youth unemployment rate is calculated as a percent of the total youth labor force.
Youth unemployment rateThe number of young people with ages between 15-24 who are unemployed during a specific year. The youth unemployment rate is calculated as a percent of the total youth labor force.10.4%15.4%8.1%10.4%N.A.17.9%3.6%7.9%9.8%0.5%
Total score for "Economy"
Total score for "Economy"
Infrastructure
Electrification rateThe share of the population with access to electricity, in both rural and urban environments.
Electrification rateThe share of the population with access to electricity, in both rural and urban environments.100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Percentage of internet usersThe percentage of the country’s population using the internet.
Percentage of internet usersThe percentage of the country’s population using the internet.89.9%97.5%89.4%97.3%98.1%91.5%92%98.2%84.3%94.3%
Railway networkThe total length of the country’s railway network.
Railway networkThe total length of the country’s railway network.3 979km275km5 196km4 200km9km14 127km27 311kmN.A.5 800kmN.A.
RoadwaysThe total length of the country’s paved and unpaved roads.
RoadwaysThe total length of the country’s paved and unpaved roads.100 428 km2 875 km71 557 km94 902 km630 km573 134 km1 218 772 km12 898 km137 039 km7 039 km
Inland waterwaysThe total length of the navigable inland bodies of water.
Inland waterwaysThe total length of the navigable inland bodies of water.1 600 km37 km1 292 km1 577 km28 km2 052 km1 770 kmN.A.358 kmN.A.
Total score for "Infrastructure"
Total score for "Infrastructure"
Quality of living
Adult obesity rateThe percentage of adults considered obese. An obese adult has a Body Mass Index (BMI) equal to or greater than 30. Obesity is a public health problem and increases the risk of chronic diseases.
Adult obesity rateThe percentage of adults considered obese. An obese adult has a Body Mass Index (BMI) equal to or greater than 30. Obesity is a public health problem and increases the risk of chronic diseases.4.7%22.6%19.5%23.1%N.A.20.6%4.3%21.9%20.1%35.1%
Population with access to improved water sourcesThe percentage of the country’s population with access to improved drinking water sources, such as piped water or protected wells.
Population with access to improved water sourcesThe percentage of the country’s population with access to improved drinking water sources, such as piped water or protected wells.97.8%100%100%100%N.A.100%100%100%100%100%
Hospital beds per 1,000 inhabitantsCountries or cities with a higher number of hospital beds per 1,000 inhabitants usually have well-developed health care systems. Source: , 2019
Hospital beds per 1,000 inhabitantsCountries or cities with a higher number of hospital beds per 1,000 inhabitants usually have well-developed health care systems. Source: , 201911.54.94.73.8N.A.2.413.43.47.61.2
Physicians per 1,000 peopleThe number of physicians (generalist and specialist medical doctors) per 1,000 people. According to the World Health Organization, there should be more than 2.3 health workers per 1,000 people in order to cover the primary healthcare needs.
Physicians per 1,000 peopleThe number of physicians (generalist and specialist medical doctors) per 1,000 people. According to the World Health Organization, there should be more than 2.3 health workers per 1,000 people in order to cover the primary healthcare needs.2.37/10003.03/10004.24/10004.63/1000N.A.5.4/10002.41/10003.97/10005.14/10002.78/1000
Population below poverty lineThe percentage of the country’s population living below the poverty line, as reported by official statistics.
Population below poverty lineThe percentage of the country’s population living below the poverty line, as reported by official statistics.14.4%N.A.6.6%N.A.N.A.15%16.1%N.A.3%N.A.
Total score for "Quality of living"
Total score for "Quality of living"
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