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Old 01-08-2013, 08:54 AM
 
Location: Perth, Western Australia
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So surprised that Singapore made it to top 10. Although financially wise it looks good on paper, life quality wise it is a different story altogether.
Yes, I notice Hong Kong is there as well they obviously neglected to include a work-life balance or oppressive urban jungle index
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Old 01-08-2013, 10:29 AM
 
Location: a swanky suburb in my fancy pants
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I wonder if the U.S. ranking is based on the false impression that there is too much crime, violence or poverty, since these things get headlines but don't have much influence on the average American. So many rich and influential people from around the world who could live anywhere seem to choose the U.S. at least part time.
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Old 01-08-2013, 01:15 PM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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I wonder if the U.S. ranking is based on the false impression that there is too much crime, violence or poverty, since these things get headlines but don't have much influence on the average American. So many rich and influential people from around the world who could live anywhere seem to choose the U.S. at least part time.
It would be cool if they put up individual states and see how they compare to different countries.
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Old 01-08-2013, 01:50 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Venezuela (44) over all those European countries?
What's wrong with Venezuela? Have you ever been there? Venezuela is listed only 8th in Latin America, and probably should be higher, except for the high risk that the USA will nuke it.

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So many rich and influential people from around the world who could live anywhere seem to choose the U.S. at least part time.
That's exactly the point. It's a wonderful country if you're rich, or if you're escaping from, poverty. I don't see a lot of immigrants coming to America from the countries higher up the list.
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Old 01-08-2013, 02:14 PM
 
Location: IL
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Surprised that England and France have fallen so low.

Can't believe Australia is ranked that high.

Don't get how Israel is rated so high.
Norway and Sweden? I gripe about the length of midwestern US winters...that would be truly depressing.
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Old 01-08-2013, 05:35 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Norway and Sweden? I gripe about the length of midwestern US winters...that would be truly depressing.
Minneapolis winters are far more severe than Oslo or Stockholm, actually. Typically, at least.
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Old 01-08-2013, 09:36 PM
 
Location: In the heights
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No matter where you're born, the best country to be born in is one where your family is wealthy.

All things being equal, probably Canada. If you were born in a low-income bracket, then you have governmental assistance to be put back on your feet no matter what your ethnicity. Also, your passport is accepted by most anyone without having it be grudgingly so. Being born in a high-income bracket means you pay a lot more, but you're not going to be left derelict in Canada.
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Old 01-09-2013, 12:43 AM
 
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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What's wrong with Venezuela? Have you ever been there? Venezuela is listed only 8th in Latin America, and probably should be higher, except for the high risk that the USA will nuke it.
Venezuela now has a murder rate of 73 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, compared to 67 in 2011. The rate is well above neighbouring Colombia, and Mexico which has been engaged in a bloody drug war, and is closing in on Honduras, the country with the highest murder rate.
There are more murders in Venezuela than in the United States and the 27 countries of the European Union combined. In Caracas the murder rate is more than 200 per 100,000 inhabitants.
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Old 01-09-2013, 02:04 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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No matter where you're born, the best country to be born in is one where your family is wealthy.

All things being equal, probably Canada. If you were born in a low-income bracket, then you have governmental assistance to be put back on your feet no matter what your ethnicity. Also, your passport is accepted by most anyone without having it be grudgingly so. Being born in a high-income bracket means you pay a lot more, but you're not going to be left derelict in Canada.
The severe winters are the only thing that really turns me off about Canada and tips the balance in favour of Australia.
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Old 01-09-2013, 09:36 AM
 
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No matter where you're born, the best country to be born in is one where your family is wealthy.

All things being equal, probably Canada. If you were born in a low-income bracket, then you have governmental assistance to be put back on your feet no matter what your ethnicity. Also, your passport is accepted by most anyone without having it be grudgingly so. Being born in a high-income bracket means you pay a lot more, but you're not going to be left derelict in Canada.
Apparently, according to this thread, Australia wins the debate.
Australia vs Canada
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