Denmark - one of the best places to live and work (photo credit: 2015-05-03 via photopin (license))
Forbes – the American business magazine – like lists. It publishes lists of the richest people and the world’s top companies for example, and I’ve been looking at their list of the best and worst countries for business in 2015.
It’s not hard to work out why the countries at the bottom have acquired the worst label. They are where economic, social and political strife occur; where there is hunger and uncertainty, high unemployment and low life expectations. But I wonder if the top rated countries have anything in common.
- New Zealand
- United Kingdom
The most obvious common factor is small populations – the first six countries have less than 10 million people – and a stable democratic political system.
Six of these countries also appear in the Top Ten of countries with the best quality of life (worked out by combining life expectancy at birth with gross national income per capita). Norway is actually number 1 on that list compiled by Maps of the World and the others are: Denmark, Netherlands, Ireland, Canada and New Zealand,
I wasn’t sure how to assess civil rights, but finally decided on the Rainbow Ranking of Europe. This is where countries are judged on a scale between 0% (gross violations of human rights, discrimination) and 100% (respect of human rights, full equality) with reference to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transexual and intersexual people. The United Kingdom, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway and the Netherlands all appear in the top ten.
The Economist magazine produced a “glass-ceiling index” on International Women’s Day 2016 to show where women have the best chances of equal treatment at work. It included data on higher education, labour-force participation, pay, child-care costs, maternity rights and representation in senior jobs. Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and New Zealand all appear in the Top Ten
Read the full Fobes report HERE
You can find Maps of the World HERE
And the Rainbow Ranking is HERE
Check out the Glass Ceiling Index HERE
So, Denmark and Norway appear in all these top ten lists where average tempertures range from 0.0˚C (32˚F) to 15.7˚C (60˚F).
Perhaps a defining characteristic of a good place to live is that cardigans are needed all year round.