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What country in the World would you most rather live in, and why?

Asked by eden2eve (3693 points ) April 18th, 2010

There could be many factors that make a country desirable as a home in your estimation. It might be due to it’s standard of living, amenities, political status, health care, climate and environment, scientific achievements or culture and arts. If you could choose one country to live in without sacrificing your own citizenship in your present homeland, if your homeland is not your first choice, which one would it be, and why?

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Vunessuh's avatar

I currently live in the United States and I would always want a home here, but eventually I would love another home in Sydney, Australia.

Seek's avatar

I’d sacrifice my citizenship in a heartbeat.

I’m thinking somewhere in Northern Europe. Sweden or Denmark sound good. Someplace nice and secular, that actually takes care of its citizens, as opposed to making every effort to profit off of them.

Leanne1986's avatar

Italy. It is my favourite place in the world and it fills me with a sense of belonging.

syzygy2600's avatar

I’m Canadian and would never give that up.

There are a few places I’ve read about that I would like to live in for a few years to experience something different. Japan, Iceland, or Romania.

cazzie's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr You sound like you’d fit it quite well up, over here.

I have the opportunity to get a Norwegian passport now, but I want to make sure it won’t mess up my ability to have permanent New Zealand residency, because I can’t see myself living my old(er) age up here in this climate.

dpworkin's avatar

I would like to live in nearly any developed Western country, either European or in North America that is not the United States. I probably have a hierarchy, but I wouldn’t turn any of them down.

ezywho's avatar

Australia. Best weather, best healthcare, best economy, best education, best social life, safest environment, longest life spans, very friendly. Rated top 3 best places to live in the world for many years now. Plus I went for a month, so personal experience as well.

marinelife's avatar

France. Because I love its beauty, its health care system, and its people.

Rage's avatar

USA, louisiana to be specific, i have no idea why… i’ve just always wanted to live there.

janbb's avatar

France or New Zealand. France is lovely and I like their social services, but it is a very homogenous culture which could make it hard to adapt to. N.Z. is terrific both in terms of natural beauty, friendliness and societal outlook but it would be too far away from everyone I love. I used to love England and feel very comfortable there but it has changed much in the years since I left it.

AstroChuck's avatar

I gotta stick with the US. I’d rather stay and fight to make it the country it should be than to abandon it. After all, it is my home.

TexasDude's avatar

I’m happy with the US.

If I had to pick another country, it would probably be either New Zealand or Sweden.

Seek's avatar

@cazzie

What does it take to become a citizen of (insert Scandinavian country here)? just a general idea?

Sarcasm's avatar

There are plenty of countries in which I’d like to live. Mostly I just want to be out of the U.S. England, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, Canada, Australia, New Zealand.

Europe especially, because I’m fascinated by languages, and the fact that there are so many countries right near eachother, each with its own language, is just so appealing to me.

I’d like to be out of the U.S. for so many reasons. I don’t like how massive of a nation we are, as far as population goes. Even with state governments, it’s just too hard to meet the needs of 300m people. Our size also seems to make us feel like we should be a “big brother”, and be up in everyone’s business. And we have such a vocal minority of complete morons that it paints a bad picture for the other 300m of us.
I don’t like how fervently religious the right-wing is (in general. Yes, there are exceptions, don’t need to point them out to me). I don’t like how conservative we are, socially. I don’t like how much the populace feeds into emotionally charged messages, rather than the facts (though I expect this exists in the nations I listed. Hopefully to a lesser extent).

Oh and I don’t like the weather where I live. So if I’m going to move, I may as well make it a big move.

CaptainHarley's avatar

I want to continue living where I live now: The Republic of Texas! [ grin ]

VohuManah's avatar

Is the National Socialist Protectorate of Vohu not an option? If it isn’t, then my choices would be Taiwan, Slovenia (I would love to live in a city called Ljubljana), or the Netherlands. I would love to live in Singapore, but I want those pesky values of “freedom” and “rights.”

janbb's avatar

@VohuManah I was talking to someone aon a plane who said that Ljubljana was a gorgeous city.

john65pennington's avatar

If you have ever been to Italy, you will understand exactly what i am about say.

The grass is greener, the air is fresher, the people are friendlier and smashing grapes with your toes is a hoot.

Wife and i would go in a heartbeat. i am just afraid i might oversample each vineyards wine and become a wineo.

faye's avatar

I’m also Canadian. We have a lot of goodness here except the winters. I’d be happy to winter in Italy.

cazzie's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr I don’t know about Sweden, but easiest thing is to fall in love and marry one of it’s native born. You have to make it work for a minimum of 5 years, so being really in love helps.. ;o) I think Norway has stricter laws when it comes to immigration because they have a very generous welfare system here.

here is a link.. IN ENGLISH! for you. http://www.udi.no/templates/Tema.aspx?id=4479

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