The 16 Best Places In The World To Live

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How do you define quality of life?We considered happiness, longevity and ecological footprint, data which is gathered and indexed at The Happy Planet 2.0.

Then we threw in GDP per capita (weighted 1:2 against the aforementioned index), because however you spin it having money makes a difference in your life.

The best countries to live include several no brainers. Others might surprise you, like a certain Middle Eastern desert. But remember, the heat doesn’t matter when everyone can afford air conditioning.

#16 Austria

Life expectancy: 79.4

Life satisfaction: 7.8 out of 10

Ecological footprint: 5.0 out of 10

GDP per capita: $39,200

Our index combines the Happy Planet Index with per capita GDP. Rankings are averaged (weighted 2:1).

#15 Sweden

Life expectancy: 80.5

Life satisfaction: 7.9 out of 10

Ecological footprint: 5.1 out of 10

GDP per capita: $37,000

Our index combines the Happy Planet Index with per capita GDP. Rankings are averaged (weighted 2:1).

#14 Mexico

Life expectancy: 75.6

Life satisfaction: 7.7 out of 10

Ecological footprint: 3.4 out of 10

GDP per capita: $13,200

Our index combines the Happy Planet Index with per capita GDP. Rankings are averaged (weighted 2:1).

#13 Panama

Life expectancy: 75.1

Life satisfaction: 7.8 out of 10

Ecological footprint: 3.2 out of 10

GDP per capita: $12,100

Our index combines the Happy Planet Index with per capita GDP. Rankings are averaged (weighted 2:1).

#12 Brazil

Life expectancy: 71.7

Life satisfaction: 7.6 out of 10

Ecological footprint: 2.4 out of 10

GDP per capita: $10,100

Our index combines the Happy Planet Index with per capita GDP. Rankings are averaged (weighted 2:1).

#11 Cuba

Life expectancy: 77.7

Life satisfaction: 6.7 out of 10

Ecological footprint: 1.8 out of 10

GDP per capita: $9,700

Our index combines the Happy Planet Index with per capita GDP. Rankings are averaged (weighted 2:1).

#10 Colombia

Life expectancy: 72.3

Life satisfaction: 7.3 out of 10

Ecological footprint: 1.8/10

GDP per capita: $9,300

Our index combines the Happy Planet Index with per capita GDP. Rankings are averaged (weighted 2:1).

#9 Jamaica

Life expectancy: 72.2

Life satisfaction: 6.7 out of 10

Ecological footprint: 1.1 out of 10

GDP per capita: $8,400

Our index combines the Happy Planet Index with per capita GDP. Rankings are averaged (weighted 2:1).

#8 Dominican Republic

Life expectancy: 71.5

Life satisfaction: 7.6 out of 10

Ecological footprint: 1.5 out of 10

GDP per capita: $8,300

Our index combines the Happy Planet Index with per capita GDP. Rankings are averaged (weighted 2:1).

#7 Switzerland

Life expectancy: 81.3

Life satisfaction: 7.7 out of 10

Ecological footprint: 5 out of 10

GDP per capita: $41,200

Our index combines the Happy Planet Index with per capita GDP. Rankings are averaged (weighted 2:1).

#6 Trinidad and Tobago

Life expectancy: 69.2

Life satisfaction: 6.7 out of 10

Ecological footprint: 2.1 out of 10

GDP per capita: $21,300

Our index combines the Happy Planet Index with per capita GDP. Rankings are averaged (weighted 2:1).

#5 Argentina

Life expectancy: 74.8

Life satisfaction: 7.1 out of 10

Ecological footprint: 2.5 out of 10

GDP per capita: $13,900

Our index combines the Happy Planet Index with per capita GDP. Rankings are averaged (weighted 2:1).

#4 Netherlands

Life expectancy: 79.2

Life satisfaction: 7.7 out of 10

Ecological footprint: 4.4 out of 10

GDP per capita: $39,400

Our index combines the Happy Planet Index with per capita GDP. Rankings are averaged (weighted 2:1).

#3 Singapore

Life expectancy: 79.4

Life satisfaction: 7.1 out of 10

Ecological footprint: 4.2 out of 10

GDP per capita: $53,900

Our index combines the Happy Planet Index with per capita GDP. Rankings are averaged (weighted 2:1).

#2 Costa Rica

Life expectancy: 78.5

Life satisfaction: 8.5 out of 10

Ecological footprint: 2.3 out of 10

GDP per capita: $11,000

Our index combines the Happy Planet Index with per capita GDP. Rankings are averaged (weighted 2:1).

#1 Saudi Arabia

Life expectancy: 72.3

Life satisfaction: 7.7 out of 10

Ecological footprint: 2.6 out of 10

GDP per capita: $23,300

Our index combines the Happy Planet Index with per capita GDP. Rankings are averaged (weighted 2:1).

BONUS: #71 United States

Life expectancy: 77.9

Life satisfaction: 7.9 out of 10

Ecological footprint: 9.4 out of 10

GDP per capita: $46,000

Our index combines the Happy Planet Index with per capita GDP. Rankings are averaged (weighted 2:1).

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