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Top Ten Places to Live in the World

Before we get to our list of our picks for the top ten places to live, let’s start by figuring out what makes a location a good choice in the first place.

What Makes for a Great Place to Call Home?

What would your ideal hometown look like? I’d bet it’s very different from my idea of the best place to live. And that’s okay. We all have different goals. We have different preferences and needs. And we’re in different places in our lives. So an area that one of us finds exciting, another might find threatening. A place one of us thinks of as tranquil and family-friendly might seem incredibly boring to another.

The key is finding the top places for you to live. It’s about figuring out what will make you happy and then finding locations that offer what you’re looking for.

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If you have children, your top places to live might include towns with plenty of safe playgrounds and entertainment. — Credit: Sam Howzit (via Flickr)

Here are some of the biggest things you might consider when trying to determine the top places to live.

  • Weather — Most of us probably have climates that we like better than others. For example, I like to see the changing of the seasons with hot summers and snowy winters. Others prefer milder temperatures year-round. Some like it sunny most of the time. Others don’t mind more frequent rain. You might even prefer it to be cold all year long so you can ski whenever you’d like. Weather that makes some people happy can make others miserable. So for each of us, the best places to live likely have a climate we’d find enjoyable. 
  • Schools — If you have children, school systems might play an important role in choosing the top places to live. You might want outstanding public schools. You might want a good selection of private schools. You might want schools specifically tied to your religion. Or you might want to be around schools that focus on specialized teaching methods. 
  • Employment Opportunities — For some people, one of the biggest considerations is whether or not there are enough jobs available in their industry. The best place to live for them might be somewhere with abundant opportunities so they’d always have the option to move to a better job when they’re ready. 
  • Nightlife / Entertainment — Whether you’re young and single and looking for a good time at nightclubs or your idea of entertainment is a good theater, the ideal place for you to live will probably include the things you like to do for fun. 
  • Culture / History — Another thing to consider is how much culture or history a location has. For example, it might be important to you to have museums and a symphony nearby. Or maybe your idea of a great place to live is where you can stay in touch with your family’s history and heritage. 
  • Other Considerations — The examples above are far from the only things you might consider when deciding on the best places to live. Other considerations might include crime rates, the community atmosphere, whether or not a place is pet friendly, having access to hobbies like surfing or mountain climbing, healthcare options, home prices, general cost of living, and how “green” or healthy a town seems to be (like bike lanes so you can ride to work easily).

Now let’s get to our original list of the top ten places to live. Do you know of other places people might find appealing? Leave a comment and tell us why your hometown (or your favorite place) is also potentially one of the best places to live.

There are many factors that make the place we live the place we love to call home. Environment, weather, history, politics, economy, infrastructure, social climate, and entertainment all play a part. When choosing a place to live, your decision should be based on what issues are important to you. Finding the right combination of features is the key to loving where you live.

Healthcare and Tolerance – Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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Meuse River, The Netherlands

In 2009 the Netherlands was named as having the best healthcare system in Europe by the Euro Health Consumer Index. Six criterion examined were patient rights and information, e-health, waiting times for treatment, outcomes, range and reach of services provided and pharmaceuticals. The Netherlands is additionally praised for its minimal bureaucracy and patient empowerment.

The Netherlands, particularly Amsterdam, has become infamous for its tolerance of the taboo. The Dutch believe that people should make moral decisions with little interference from government. Marijuana is legal. Tattoo parlors, sex shops, and the red light district draw tourists. Hostels are packed during the peak summer season.

As far as culture, there are famous museums where you can see work by Van Gogh, Vermeer, and Rembrandt. One can learn the story of Anne Frank, relax in beautiful parks and ride a bike almost anywhere. According to Claudio.Ar, “It is said that Amsterdam has more canals than Venice, more cafes than Vienna and more bridges than Paris. The tours let you discover them and other secrets of the city.”

Best Place for Singles – New York City, USA

Hudson River, New York
Hudson River, New York

In the mood for love? Although the cost of living is still high in New York, it has become slightly more affordable due to the recent economic downturn. In fact with many singles now unemployed, unmarried folks are taking advantage of their severance packages and enjoying all the city has to offer. With 35,000 restaurants, 3,800 bars, and 734 museums there is definitely plenty to do in New York City. The popular dating site, Match.com, has more active accounts in the NYC area than any other locale. Living in New York does, however require a high tolerance for crowds of people.

“The City That Never Sleeps” comes by its title easily. From piano bars to jazz lounges (and a few dozen dives of course), New York’s nightlife keeps the city hopping until early morning hours. Nightclubs like the Marquee feature world famous DJs for the partiers who love to dance. Other locals favor the Gotham Comedy Club, which Frommer’s guide declares New York’s “trendiest and most sophisticated comedy club.”

Whatever your interest, you’re sure to find it in New York City – day or night.

Mild Climate & English Speaking – Malta

Island Sunset
Malta

The island nation just 60 miles from Sicily, Republic of Malta, is a repeated winner of Quality of Life Index awards for best climate.

With a daily average of over five hours of sunshine, mild winters, and hot summers – Malta is considered ideal by many.

Diving, sailing, and colorful festivals abound. Golf and horseback riding are popular pastimes.

There are few sandy beaches and yes – sometimes it does rain on the Maltese islands.

If it’s raining you can head indoors for opera, theater, music, and ballet at the Manoel Theatre in Valletta. The Manoel is the second-oldest theater in Europe.

The government is politically stable in Malta. Cost of living is low. Crime is minimal. Locals are hospitable. Travel is not difficult, despite island status.

If you lived in Malta you could check off each item on list, 101 Things to do while on Holiday in Malta.

Family-Friendly – Virginia, USA

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Virginia

 

The state of Virginia has beautiful shorelines and beaches. Virginia is very family and community oriented, with plenty of fairs, festivals, and community events. The people are diverse and friendly. Many of the schools are highly-ranked and offer plenty of extracurricular activities and elective courses to choose from.

Virginia takes the health and safety of its children very seriously. According to the official Virginia government website, $515,405 was awarded to 17 projects that support youth substance abuse and violence prevention programs for 2010.

Check out this list of 57 Cool Places for Kids.

Low Cost of Living & Retirement – Brazil

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Brazil is the largest country in South America and therefore offers a broad range of opportunities for travel and diversity. From the Amazon jungles, to famous beaches, you will find the inhabitants friendly and hospitable. Although the nightlife is well known in Brazil, few are aware that Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro are among the cheapest cities to live in (according to the Economist Intelligence Unit).

Want to pay off debt? Brazil is a good place to retire. Retirement visas are available with proof of income. It is common and legal for permanent residents to apply for Brazilian passports and keep their current citizenships and passports.

Brazilian health care is very good. You do not need to be a citizen to use the national health care system. Patients pay nothing out of pocket for most care. For the highest quality health care private market providers are also available – for a fee. Even so, the fees are much less than purchasing independent health insurance in the U.S. In general, you get more for your money in Brazil.

Due to the well-developed agricultural, mining, manufacturing, and service industries, the economy of Brazil outweighs other countries in South America, and is quickly expanding its presence in international markets.

Simply Beautiful – Belize

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Belize, considered one of the most beautiful countries in Central America, has it all. Belize touts great beaches, subtropical climate, diverse wildlife, and a low cost of living.

The scuba diving and snorkeling is fabulous. The gorgeous waterfalls underneath the Maya Mountains are rivaled only by the hundreds of colorful species of birds flying the skies.

Rent of a large house in Cayo district is only $300/month. Food at the local markets is very reasonably priced. The official language is English. The Retired Person’s Incentive Program starts at the ripe young age of 45 and allows tax free living.

Consider a snowbird lifestyle when it comes to living in Belize. The wet season is May to October. It rains all the time and there is a chance for hurricanes.

But I’d stay November through April in this beautiful land, which is just where I’d like to be rather than the cold snowy land I call home that time of year.

Stunning Scenery – Cape Town, South Africa

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Cape Town features some of the most beautiful beaches and fascinating attractions in all of Africa. Families enjoy swimming in the warm waters along the False Bay coast, where whale watching is also popular. Kids swarm to Boulders Beach to see the penguins, and for a small fee, even swim with them. The hallmark of Cape Town is Table Mountain, a gigantic slab of sandstone with breathtaking views, trails for hiking, and paragliding for the adventurous. (Cable cars are available for the not-so-adventurous.)

The second most populated city in South Africa; Cape Town is known for being socially tolerant and culturally diverse. This coastal city is mild and rainy during the winter months, but dry and very warm the rest of the year. The bistros and restaurants offer a variety of world class cuisine to satisfy every palate, and are famous for their delicious wines. Clubs, lounges, and other entertainment venues make Cape Town ideal for the musically inclined.

Thanks to the 2010 World Cup, business is booming in Cape Town. The real estate market is also on the upswing as more people relocate to this beautiful coastal city.

Economic Opportunities – Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt, Germany
Frankfurt, Germany

Those looking for a certain quality of life find their high standards met in Frankfurt, the economic capital of Germany. The Frankfurt Stock Exchange is the largest in Germany, and one of the world’s most important. According to the Mercer Quality of Living survey, Frankfurt has the highest concentration of jobs in Germany, with 922 jobs per 1,000 residents.

Frankfurt inhabitants enjoy their city for more than its economic security. The museums, historical sites, and shopping districts are popular with the locals as well as tourists. Frankfurt is easy to travel in and out of, with one of the busiest airports in the world. Frankfurt Central Station is one of the biggest train stations in Europe, and few can resist the allure of the Autobahn. The views along the Main River are lovely, and Frankfurt is home to a number of beautiful landmarks such as the Imperial Cathedral, and the 50-acre Palmengarten flower garden.

The cost of living is high, but is compensated with a low unemployment rate, easy transportation for business trips, and the fact that it is an industrial and financial powerhouse.  Germany’s businesses are booming.

Most Romantic – Paris, France

Eiffel Tower, Paris
Eiffel Tower, Paris

The air in Paris simply breathes romance. Not only is the enchanting ambience the perfect setting for romance, (who can see the Eiffel Tower without thinking of L’amour?) the cozy bistros and dimly lit restaurants are ideal for couples in love.

Paris is not just for lovers; its rich heritage and stunning architecture draw millions. The Louvre, Palace of Versailles, and Notre Dame are just a few of the beautiful buildings that grace the Paris skyline. An incredible array of paintings and art are sure to please museum goers.

As the fashion capital of the world, Paris is home to some of the most popular designers. Those looking for a career in fashion couldn’t find a more fitting place to study or work. The drawback for Parisians is a high cost of living. The good news is- Paris features some of Europe’s largest corporations, and researchers expect an increase in employment opportunities in the future. So for those who can swing it, the comfort and quality of the French life is a truly unforgettable experience. Not to mention, absolutely delicious.

Sizzling and Sexy – Miami, Florida USA

Miami, Florida
Miami, Florida

Miami is known as the “Magic City” for good reason. With the sensual Latin flavor combined with its tropical location, Miami is home to an eclectic group of fun-loving people. Singles flock to Miami for the beaches and exciting nightlife, and then discover attractions and career opportunities that offer more than they were expecting.

As the “Gateway to Latin America”, Miami is a city of diverse ethnicities. This sunny city is bursting with new developments, has surprisingly low rent and taxes, and an exceptional education system at the University of Miami.

Miami ranks highly with the Globalization and World Cities Study Group and Network, which rates each city’s importance to the international economy. Professionals work in a number of fields including tourism, trade, and international banking. Sports and recreation enthusiasts adore Miami for the wide variety of watersports and boating activities. Everything from snorkeling to sailing, kayaking to kitesurfing; Miami’s beaches offer it all. For landlubbers, Miami features rock climbing walls, golf courses, and tennis courts. Wherever you travel, wherever you call home, remember to make the best of where you are. The people you meet, friends you make, experiences you acquire – those are the things that make life worth living.

By: Terra L. Fletcher, owner Fletcher Freelance

Note: This list was originally compiled and published on July 16, 2010. New content was added in 2013.

226 thoughts on “Top Ten Places to Live in the World

  1. I live in Queensland Australia, and apart from the beautiful weather, amazing scenery, and the diversity of cultures, we have amazing opportunities for growth both as a people and a nation. I agree that the places you have listed are amazing as I have been to many of them, but no matter where you are living, enjoy everything it has to offer.

    1. Thank you Brenda. I hope to see Australia someday, too. And I agree, you have make the best of where you are. Not many people can live abroad.

      1. OZ is wonderful indeed, as is the beautiful USA……..Venice, Italy and many other places that I have been lucky enough to visit. I am a Brit living in the UK, but I just wanted to say, that everybody lives ‘abroad’ to someone in another country!!

    2. I lived in melbourne for 5 years and although I miss it a lot, my heart belongs to Playa del Carmen.

      Its really affordable and right now has a lot of investment opportunities to consider. Riviera Mayas airport is under construction, so now is the best time to invest in Real Estate!

    3. Virginia? Really? Sure, I guess, as long as you’re white, born in the USA, and know all the wrong words to “Amazing Grace,” then I’ll bet you’ll fit in just fine.

  2. How does any list of “Top Places” not take into account the little matter of crime?

    Brazil? South Africa? Crime runs rampant in these countries, especially in/near big cities. Come on, at least do a little research before posting.

    1. @Seriously – This is a very good point. However, Brazil and South Africa also offer features not found elsewhere. This is why I stated that one must consider the facets that are important to them.

    2. I live in South Africa, and crime is not bad. maybe yours in USA , Britian. the only diffrence is, our media is controled by no one so every body sees whats going on. Other countries media is controled so that the country won’t look bad. so get a life

      1. Tell him dan!! I love this place and it’s unique diversity. You want to focus on the bad (that exists in every city), you go right ahead.. Your loss!

    3. I have lived in South Africa my entire life, and I assure you it isn’t half as bad as people make out. The numbers you see are all from the rural township areas, and I’m sure no European immigrant would be living there. The urban areas are mostly white-populated, and I have never been a victim of crime. It’s a stunning country, and I certainly don’t plan on leaving any time soon 🙂
      PS. I live in Somerset West

      1. That’s because you are near Capetown, which many of us know is the best city on earth 🙂 I’m a Scotsman in New Zealand, a fantastic but boring country with no ozone layer. I lived in Johannesburg for 4 years (as we as all over Europe, Australia and USA over the last 13 years) and I know from area to area and person to person the perception of crime is sharply contrasted. I’d love to return to SA but always get worried I won’t get work since I am white (and my partner is black Zimbabwean)

        1. I thought Cape Town was listed and not Johannesburg, Reminder this is the top places to live in, not the top countries of the world. Finally this is about location, and it’s unique futures and not about job security; which happens to be an issue in every country.

      2. The hell is this supposed to mean? The urban area in South Africa are mostly white populated and therefore safe? Take your biased and ignorant babbling somewhere else.

      3. I fi d your assertion that urban areas are safe because they are populated by whites! Come on now! Do you actually believe what you saying. I am A Pakistani who has visited to South Africa and cape Town many times…. What a wonderful place. Crime is every where in the world…. In Uk where I live I have been attacked 2 times, once because I have a fancy car! Plea when you talk about South Arica dont forget who is responsible for the biggest crime against humanity! It is certainly not Africans.

      4. yes megan im sure your right south africa is a nice place to live if you moved there from iraq lets just say but back home in sunny old england you never hear about are white farmers being beat to death by crazy ka-fus and im sure south africa has one of the highest rates of kidnapping in the world behind Mexico well take care and you stay safe now

    4. I agree,where’s your research.The public health system is terrible in Brazil and as a place for retirement!Think carefully before doing this.Brazil is a beautiful country but personal safety has to be considered in the urban areas.

      1. i have had a bf from brazil and he said that it a nice place to live everywhere you go is the same and one day i will be living in brazil

    5. and crime doesn’t happen in the rest of the world? what about the UK? I lived in Paris for 13 years and my house was broken into….this has never happened to me in Cape Town…so be careful with your comments….have you visited any of these places?

  3. Crime can be in any place in the world not sure that Brazil or South Africa are the only countries for the crime.

    Brazil seems really nice country to me . The nature is great and I know the people there are good too!!

  4. As voted by the U.N. 7 years in a row as the best country to live in by low crime rates, economic opportunity, cultural diversity and many other reasons, I’m wondering why Canada was left off this list. Isn’t Miami one of the most dangerous cities in the U.S. to live?

    1. If only the list were the top 20 places to live in the world. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Scott. As far as those that choose Miami – perhaps they are more interested in partying than in healthcare.

  5. It’s obvious from the list you were born and raised in the USA. Miama is far from the top in the world for Sizzling and Sexy. For one, Montreal, Quebec, Canada trumps it easily. If anyone disagrees then they obviously haven’t been there. Why sacrifice the healthcare perk for partying when it’s both offered in Montreal? Montreal has been called Disneyland for Adults, and for good reason. With multi-cultural diversity, the majority of the population bilingual, a smaller percent less than 60 (11% for Montreal compared to 21% in Miami, because nobody find grandma and grandpa sexy in a swimsuit) and almost 5 times the population, how is Miami better?

    1. @Jeffery- yes I was born and raised in the US. I am also well traveled. My parents own an island in Canada and I have a grandmother (and lots of relatives) in Florida. I’ve been to Canada and Florida many, many times. Personally, I’d live in Florida. That’s the great thing about opinion articles – I get to share MY opinion. No one is stopping you from writing yours.

      1. Terra,

        I have to say that I think that your article is wonderful and I appreciate you writing it. My husband and I are US citizens who currently reside in Japan and are looking for our retirement country. We are pretty well traveled ourselves but still have SO MANY places that we would like to visit. It may be that we will never find just one that suits our purposes, but I really enjoy hearing about places that other US citizens (As we have a similar basis for comparison) recommend.

        I would like to mention that I think that it is sad that every time anybody decides to put themselves and their opinions out there on the internet for the assistance and use of others that there are so many nasty nay-sayers out there who can’t wait to pounce on any little perceived slight and spew forth negativity. Shame on them all! Great Job Terra!!

        1. Yes, Nikki

          I do agree with you. That`s why I normaly check in the internet and see the sites and comments to learn but never say anything, because nowdays is scary. You find ssuch nasty and stupid people that mostly do not understand that internet and sites like this is FOR PEOPLE CIVILIZED TO SHARE OPINIONS AND LEARN WITH EACH OTHER.
          I must say that lately, with so much technology as twitter and facebook, people DO NOT KNOW HOW TO COMMUNICATE, TRANSMIT AND SHARE CLEAR IDEAS AND FREEDOM OF SPEECH, and as a consequence of that I leave this sites, threads and comments pages more confused and frightened than ever.

          I lately sometimes look for pages and comments like this one as I am looking and reseaching for the safest, peaceful and possible a little more drug free country in the world, to raise a kid to since I am a single mother when I stubble in pages and comments like these, and I can tell you all I get more confused and scared than ever before.

          I started first with Hawaii, since me as a budhist and holistc/ life coach it seemed and read about it, the perfect paradise and the calm that I need. I was totaly suprised and confused to learn with pages and comments pages like this saying that has the most crimes and loads of drugs everywhere, everybody is doing them, even schools high rate of crime and drugs, violent crime very high as for drugs. I was so stunned with information of the site and comments that I stopped my search for awhie, throwned me completely off the horse and off course. If true, not a good place to raise a kid.
          So now, as I live in UK, New Zealand is very popular around here and they are being very generous to people to immigrate. So I started to search about it and New zealand things.

          I clicked in one site about drugs problems and to my dismay New Zealand is full of All kinds of drugs, so then again I am totally suprised and more confused than ever.

          Even tried Seychelles, as my friend went holidays there and recommended the best paradise, everything good, I checked as bacause of being an island has a big and dangerous case of piracy bringing drugs and prostitution. Kind of like Bahamas and Carabbean. So out of the question. Bermuda is a good country I lived there but after the independence become a very gang violent, druggy country.

          I know you all are going to tell me that there are drugs everywhere in world, it is a problem worlwide worst than famine. But I think it is my moral duty to look for the best or at least thje least, safest country of it so I can live a little less worried, scaried kind of life a little bit more peaceful with the plus of the calm and beauty of the world.

          I kept searching, when I saw your page.

          I know a lot of people are going to say that I am crazy, but since I am an immigrant in here too, I can/want to give the best to my child, a good place for education, a peaceful place for us and for my retirement, that is soon, english speaking country as is important now and a beautiful place where we can appreciate and enjoy nature. Of course having a child is a very big responsability therefore I want to see if I can combine everything.

          All of us as Citizens of the World have that right, as old have a beautiful and peaceful days of our lives and as responsible parents to live and give a high standard, peaceful and safe place and experience to our kids.

          But when I come here or other sites it is disgusting and distutbing to see some comments and ill faiths/comments in here and sites like this.

          When people are going to Grow Up, have some civilized common sense, analyse stuff First then answer and NOT Take things and stuff Personally, MAINLY UNDERSTAND THAT INTERNET IS A PLACE TO COMMUNICATE/ SHARE IDEAS CIVILIZED, ADULTLY AND RESPONSIBLY, NOTR TO ENGAGE IN ATTACKS.

          For people like me, looking for serious resolution is confusing, disturbing and make things complicated and worse.

          When internet is supposed to help us and make things simpler.

          But anyway I am just soo sick and tired of this internet personal and disgusting abuses that I felt like saying this.

          There is a famous wise saying that says, Home is here the Heart is, I could not agree more but I need to think that I would love to find a good, healthy lifestyle, peaceful and beautiful country to live and enjoy the rest of my days, give the best start and beauty in life that i can to my son and install the calm, education and tolerance in him, something that the world is lacking, Calm, peaceful peace of mind, where your mind meets your body.

          Now wonder the world is going crazy, more violent and more social drug problems, people are not true to themselves, don`t listen to themselves and others, don`t know to enjoy and be grateful for the beauty of the world, around us, the planet because they are being selfish, greedy and unbalanced.

          At least I want to die not striving for stupid money, metal, having my beautiful moderrn cabin in the nature, lovely clean conscious and leaving a beautiful, conscious, liberal, responsible, modern, friend to fellowship and balance legacy, my son, a better generation, future.

          Anyway, enough, if anyone wants to help me to find a not with so many drugs and crime problem country and beautifully peaceful, please by all means.

          No judgements. Thats is the New World, generation should be like NON-JUDGEMENTAL. Loving.

          1. It all depends on your opinion, on what is the best place. For example, I was born and raised in Brazil, one of the countries listed, but, although, don’t love my country, and I can give you reasons:
            1. Many of our polititians steal our money

            2. Crime in some cities like Rio runs loose.

            3. Here life is expensive, because of taxes that are really high, not regular, like, sometimes, not always, we have 100% of taxes.

            4. Fun for your son is not easy to find, all we have here are really dangerous parks.

            5. (This is my opinion) The climate here is too hot, and as I don’t like hot places, it doesn’t work for me.

            These are some of the many reasons why I don’t really love my country.

    2. Maybe you should be asking your friends and family who have fled to our beaches this winter why Miami is better than Quebec, Jeffery. All I see is car after car after car full of people with a Quebec license plate on the back this Christmas season.

      You can’t tell me you truly enjoy a country where the weather is unbearable half the year. Been there, done that. Moved to Miami, enough said.

      By the way.. the nightlife in Montreal isn’t that great. Not nearly comparable to Miami and Miami Beach over the past few years.

    3. Miami has a tropical weather all year round for starters. Beautiful white sand beaches, 24 hour clubs and restaurant in South Beach. Canada is cold very cold i should add. Miami has beauty, is a very dynamic city and you are right, it is not for old people. Miami is for the young and vibrant. Although there are plenty of places in Miami, for middle aged people. I have lived in Miami for 25 years and had a blast in my younger years and enjoy it very much now as well. As far as crime there is crime every where. In all my 25 yrs living in Miami I (thank GOD) never had any problems.

  6. Wot about Sydney? The most beautiful harbour in the world, relatively safe (few guns), magnificent climate (mid winter today yet I’m out and about in a T shirt) AND the transvestite centre of the universe!

    1. @Kelly- interesting combination of benefits. I’ve never been there, but the shots I’ve seen of the harbor are spectacular. I’m also partial to that kind of climate. Thanks for sharing your opinion.

    1. I can’t tell you haven’t been around that much… When people think of Brazil they always think of Sao Paulo or Rio which have a high crime rate just like any other big city in the world. Brazil is a big and diverse country, maybe you should explore it more before writing a review, and I can say this because I’ve lived there.

  7. I lived in Birmingham, Alabama and it was great. But try living in Romania, except the landscape it SUCKS (from high taxes to crimes and corrupt people in high positions)…i dare anybody to come and live here with the misery of wages we get

    1. Yeah but you have those smokin hot Romanian honeys there bru. Where else are you going to find them??? (and yes I have been there!)

  8. AMSTERDAM? one of the top ten places to live??? i don’t think so…for those people who loves night life, marijuana, and those who are addicted to sex, this is the place for you since it is legal there…prostitution???naaahhhhh! not a good idea…i don’t think you will have better life here…the red light city????i once went there to AMSTERDAM…yeah the place itself looks nice…but i don’t think i will ever come back and visit there again….can you believe a restaurant there where waitresses served you naked??? how immoral that is???but for people who wanted to have a better life, i would recommend australia or canada…no offense…this is just based on my experience…

    1. it’s not immoral, it’s a different way of living. half the indigenous groups in africa&asia don’t wear clothes– are they immoral? and actually legalizing prostitution was one of the best ideas Amsterdam has had, now they can regulate it &make sure that the people participating are in there on their own accords, are of age, don’t have STDs, etc. The amount of underage sex trafficking has gone down tremendously since they legalized prostitution.

      1. Yes, Caitlin,
        it’s immoral.
        That means
        IMMORAL –
        adjective
        1.
        violating moral principles; not conforming to the patterns of conduct usually accepted
        Besides, it’s not the clothes thing;
        it’s the sex like dogs in the street thing.

        1. CTJ Bush- Moral principles, based on who’s principles? Yours? Everything one has their own standard of morality and just because it defers from yours doesn’t mean its ‘wrong’. So calm down because your little definition there only applies to the “patterns of conduct usually accepted” of the majority of Western countries, but if you were a little more cultured and well travelled, you would understand that not all cultures have the same social standard as you, so stop acting like you know everything.

          1. Alicia, my morals are based on God’s book, the Bible.
            Can you find a better source of morals?
            BTW, learn to spell and get a grammar checker.
            It’s whose, not who’s.
            Your wrote: “Everything one has their own standard of morality … WHAT.
            So if a person is a pedophile then molesting children is OK?
            It’s differs, not defers.
            There are other mistakes, but let’s move on.
            I am as “cultured” as the next person.
            I have traveled extensively, speak three languages and have several degrees in subjects you couldn’t understand if you tried.
            I don’t know everything, but my opinion is just as important as yours.

    2. If you don’t mind Anne, i would like to comment on your post. Amsterdam, the city where i live is is indeed quite liberal. There is a big red light district, yes you can pay and have sex. But isn’t that the same as any big city in the world? We only gave it a place, to make sure it can be watched and regulated, taking it of the streets. Same goes for marihuana. There is scientific proof that its a less harmful drug than alcohol, and its more controlled by providing it in specialized shops. I would like to make a note that i don’t do drugs, period. And that restaurant where girls serve you naked, not entirely true. they serve you in bikini’s, including top. Its a big tourist attraction. The liberal mindset makes it possible to be yourself, gay, straigt, cross-dresser, black or white. That makes it a very nice place to live for me!

    3. There is no place like that in Amsterdam, I lived there and the only restaurant somewhat like Hooters in the usa, is one where the waitresses wear bikinis. Not immoral at all. Get your head out of the gutter.

    4. I suggest you become a nun Anne, or maybe you’re envious of some naked waitresses? Maybe you missed that restaurant with naked waiters. Then you would have felt ok huh?

    5. What a pity Anne you saw all the places in Amsterdam I did not see. H Lovely place, greet food, lovely people. You saw what you wanted to see. We have all that here in the back streets.

  9. South Africa? highest rape rates inthe world, totally unsafe for women at night,Brazil ,gee the highest murder rates in the world by a long way, something like 130,000 per year , you have got to be kidding , Love Paris but sooo expensive ,Australia no guns not bad, Canada really nice, Don’t know who made this list but great Places to visit but to live there I don’t think so, And whats wrong with naked chiclks in amsterdam? immoral ?? They don’t have the hang ups and are proud of how they look.

    1. hi..i understand your point however we are talking about “best place to live in the world”…do you think you can bring your kids on those kinds of restaurant and see naked ladies at amsterdam???do you think you can have your kids see people taking marijuana legally???think about that…how would you teach good values to children if that is the kind of environment they grow up with???i defenitely agree with what steve said about amsterdam..as what i’ve said the place itself looks nice as a tourist spot but not a place to LIVE IN…thanks! (“,)

      1. @angelica-
        raise your children right and it won’t matter… c’mon now there are kids being raised in much more terrible situations then “Amsterdam” and they’ve made it thru.. if you don’t want your children seeing naked women, then don’t take them to that restaurant? I personally believe it’s extremely important to raise kids around people that are tolerant, have different morals, ideas, blah blah blah. and who cares if your kids see people smoking weed legally? i’d rather my kid smoke weed then half the other shit kids get into these days. my main point is, if you raise your children properly, it shouldn’t matter.

      2. why do you accept an opinion from someone who is obviously paranoid about nakedness and hooks is up to immorality??and yet has never been to Amsterdam, no idea if this is true or not and willing to believe it hook line and sinker. There is no place like that in Amsterdam, I lived there and the only restaurant somewhat like Hooters in the usa, is one where the waitresses wear bikinis. Not immoral at all. Get your heads out of the gutter. Or travel.

  10. @Anne
    the redlightdistrict is only 2 streets, in any American big city there are more sexshops or heroin hookers in backalleys. Hooters is American based btw, but in Amsterdam not hidden away. Please dont base your opinion of Amsterdam on a typical one day onetrack tourist experience.

    1. we have our own opinion of a certain place based on what we saw and experienced…point taken but ANNE have her own…same with STEVE…again think of a place that you want to live in the world…(“,)

  11. Paris ??, This city is perfect for visit. Virginia ???? I can´t see myself living in those cities…
    I´m Swedish, i lived in lots of places but now I prefer Spain. Why? Come and understand.
    Marbella, Sevilla, Cordoba, Madrid, Salamanca, Cantabria, Gijon, Barcelona, San sebastian.
    Spain is beautiful, people here is different, the climate, beaches ect…I´m in love with Spain. I live here.

      1. Thanks, I live in Spain too, perghaps not the best country in the world but better than Brazil or South Africa for sure.

        1. i always thought it was a ladies sexy parts. ive seen pictures of virginias in magazines and always wanted to meet one..
          actually im a tosser ,but i want to live in malta again coz people are very nice and i think that is the most important thing .
          im an aussie and everyone here is soooo money focused and treats everyone with a level of distrust that has only existed in the states previously ..its kinda sad..

  12. They had to produce this list by category and they did a generally good job…
    …except for Amsterdam. “Healthcare & Tolerance”? More like “Welfare & Perverts”.
    Amsterdam is a socialist welfare citystate full of fags and bloodthirsty muzzies.
    That’s what “tolerance” gets you.

    1. @Steve Wow. You’re ignorant! I’d rather live in Amsterdam than in much of the south in the US! Good for them that they’re liberal, tolerant, and safe! FAR better than than the STIFLING, JUDGMENTAL, BIBLE-THUMPING IDIOTS RUINING THIS country! How about the US is more like “Dumb and BAckwards?” Good for Amsterdam if they’re “socialist”! At least, THEY don’t need to worry about the DAMN rich feeding off them like stupid PARASITES like they do HERE! I’m SOOOO SICK of the idiotic religious right here! Give me Amsterdam over Southern US ANY DAY! And I HOPE and PRAY that one day all of Europe AND the US follow their example! See if your stupid “intolerance” gets you anything better! Hope you never lying dying in the street praying for healthcare only to be turned away at the door like it’s actually happened to others here! See if you desire your “intolerance” then!

  13. I live in Miami and it sucks!!! i dont know what criteria they use to come with this but some places shouldnt make it. Miami is very dirty and everything is cramped. Parking is hell. Its a great place to visit temporarily but not for everyday living.

    1. That’s funny, because lot of my friends had guns when I lived in Australia from 2003 to 2006. Same as in New Zealand so these countries are not as safe from firearms as people make out. I remember hearing gunshots a few times in Sydney too(though, mostly western suburbs I admit). OK, but it is nothing like SA (I did live in Hillbrow, JoBurg though) or the USA where I would not say the majority on average have guns, but a large number overall.
      Oh yea, Australia is bureaucratic as hell too, just like USA and UK. Opening a bank account or getting your tax number is an all day affair, total pain in the ass. THis is one area where NZ (nanny state) has it’s shit together.

  14. Great article Terra!!
    I don’t think people are reading the beginning though.This is obviously a subjective topic.
    I have lived in Rio,London and Seattle and I plan on moving to Miami.Great places in their unique way.

  15. Why does everyone have multi-culturalism as a pro when it’s really a source for problems?
    Sure, some elements of other cultures that resemble the majority can be healthy, but to much just causes crime, distrust between citizens and problems.

    I mean, look at London and Paris… I’d take Tokyo before these two any day of the week.

  16. Tokyo has been my favorite place to live so far. Its safe, clean and you could never possibly be bored. The Japanese health care system is fantastic and the standard of living is reasonably high.

      1. Yea, and Christy really sounds like a Japanese name.,,,,but do take your point, I know people that live there but think it might be difficult to get a visa to work after you turn 30.

  17. I would not include Paris among the 10 ten places to live. Yes it is beautiful and there are lovely scenes here, but there are cities in France that are less expensive, also lovely and more clean, welcoming and friendly. Paris is romantic for a vacation, but to live here.. it is extremely different!! At times very difficult, full of pollution and many other problems.

    Also it is “Eiffel.”

    1. And Parisians are famous to be the most unfriendly citizens of Europe. Try to ask anyone for an address or if you get lost, no matter if you try it in French.

      1. That is SUCH an untrue stereotype!! I have been living in Paris for a year and a half and the French people I’ve met there have always been so so polite and kind to me, whether is to ask for a direction or if i need help carrying my suitcase, I got people helping me from the moment i left home all the way to the airport! And the city…what a wonderful city! I’m so in love with Paris, it’s so young, every day is a new opportunity to do new things, see new parts of the city and meet interesting people. I left for now to move to Brazil but I will definitely settle down there in a few yrs! Vive Paris!!

  18. I have to agree with the comments about the crime. It should be a given that the best place in the world to live in would include not having a high chance, statistically, of being raped, assaulted, robbed, or killed…I’ve lived in about 20 countries and the ones that stand out to me are:
    Vienna: If you adore classical music and a high quality of life (voted #1 quality of life last year)
    Tuscany, Italy: If you adore food and rolling hills
    Calcutta, India: For the most hospitable people
    Accra, Ghana: For the friendliest people (there’s a difference)
    Istanbul, Turkey: For its combination of exoticism and the comforts of home
    Berlin, Germany: For its relative inexpensiveness and interesting history
    Jerusalem, Israel: For the religious and archaeolgical buffs

    And cheers to NYC, it’s my favorite city in the States.

    1. Hi Kalli,
      I know this message was put up 2 yrs ago but maybe you can still answere some questions.I am looking to moving to Africa in the next 6 months. I have considered Cape town, and also Ghana..i see you have lived in Ghana can you tell me about the living there. I am from the US and have never lived abroad. I am 57 yrs old i always wanted to live in Africa. two years ago i was diagnoised with cancer of the colon. i am a survivor and would really like to fill my dream of touching that African soil and enjoying the rest of my days there. I am very friendly person and get along with people well. i think i adapt to different situations well. i don’t know what else to say lol but if you can gie me some insight i would appreciate it.
      thank you so much for your time.
      Deborah

  19. The Isle of Man is the best place to live. I’ve travelled Australia and loved it and if it were closer to the UK I would move there tomorrow but… Venice is out of this world (Shabby Chic as its Italian – if it were English it would just be shabby!!) anyway I’ve been to various countries and I’m always happy to return to the Isle of Man. Please visit – it’s beautiful!

  20. I am looking at retiring to Fortaleza, Brazil. I’ve been to Rio…a little too busy for me.

    Brazil is a beautiful country with a much improved economy. They did have economic and inflationary issues in the 90’s. Unfortunately, crime continues to be a problem in Rio, although the police are taking a more aggresive approach with crime in the favelas (slums).

  21. London is one of the most boring places to live. Very good info about Brazil and although there is not much info on the crime scene like miami we have to weigh up the facts based upon all factors.

    1. Oh god I so disagree. London is a totally exciting place to live…I lived there for 5 years in the late 60’s and early 70’s and still visit quite often. Music art theatre shopping etc etc is outstanding.

    2. i have been to some place and france wasnt that gd and nor was majorca is ok if you love night love but there are other place’s in spain that are nice and a very nice place that i would to move tomorrow if i could would be greece such a lonely place and all so rio de janeiro very nice

  22. I am brazilian, but have lived in several places around the world. Brazilian big cities are as safe and dangerous as any other big city in the world. Just use common sense to stay safe. People generally get impressed by the news about favelas/slums. Stay out of these areas, and you’re okay. The public health system isn’t great, but it’s not bad either. I’ve seen worse systems in so-called “developed” countries. Private insurance plans are reasonably affordable and offer good coverage. I just have complaints about the lack of infrastructure at some places, and the income inequality, which generates lots of other problems, but these issues are being tackled and getting solved, step by step. Hopefully in 15-20 years we’ll be able to say Brazil is a fully developed country.

    1. I read your comments and was wondering where you would suggest the best places in brazil to live. I use to live Porto Alegre for a couple of years. Are there some good schools out there for older adults like 40 +.
      Obrigada
      Jill

  23. Great article, made even better by the diversity of comments!
    I love to travel and have fond memories of almost every place I’ve been, but for vastly differing reasons.
    Our company is breaking ground in Brazil and I may learn the language so I can get paid to live there!

  24. Berlin, Germany!

    It’s affordable, has interesting history, great night life and low crime. And German healthcare isn’t all that shabby either 😉 I couldn’t think of a better place to live.

  25. you all need to shut the fu*k up. a blogger wrote this, and never said you all had to agree. if you hate her choices that much, then go to another site and stop taking out your stress about your shitty life on her.

  26. I currently live in Arnhem in The Netherlands. But I would love to live in Amsterdam. I find it weird that people are disliking Amsterdam because soft drugs are legal and there is a red light district. As mentioned before, making some drugs & prostitution legal was only for the better. And from my own experience, growing up with many friends who have smoked or are still smoking pod, I can only say that it hasn’t effected me at all. Using the stuff is your own decision. I have no reason to use it, and because of that I haven’t used it. For me, the only negative thing about Amsterdam is that it is currently known as “Gay Capitol”, I am less keen on that. Anyway, one should go to the city and form its own opinion 🙂

    1. Yes I agree. I love love love Amsterdam. It is a wonderful place to live. I lived there for 6 months and am thinking of moving there semi-permanently.

  27. South-Africa’s crime rate is high, mostly due to poverty. I have been to Amsterdam, Miami and London, and loved it, but you HAVE to visit South-Africa esp Capetown. You will form an entire different opinion. PS – we do NOT walk around naked and ride on elephants, sorry…

    1. Yeah I agree the South African crime rate is high but I wouldn’t blame poverty for that because in terms of the richest countries in the Africa is concerned South Africa is the richest. On the other hand the difference between the rich and the poor is bigger then most places around the world and why is everyone making a fuss about SA as if their countries are way way better then SA. How could people survive there if it’s as bad as your’ll say it is? People buy too much as to what the media says about certain places, I’ve never been to any Brazilian city so it’s hard for me to tell whether it’s as dangerous as people make it out to be. I guess different strokes for different folks some day you will be mugged in a place you consider the safest in the world just because people are naive and ignorant at the same time.

    1. Greece is fabulous but not the city so much anymore, high crime with the albanian immigrants who are treated badly anyway but has made Greece overcrowded and difficult. The islands are still like the old Greece, gorgeous beaches, amazing food, very international and safer.

  28. Not Tuscany included? I’m surprised. Maybe it’s a …PR issue:-)
    Beside all which is known, the vast majority of Tuscans do not vote for the current Italian central government. Pls note…

    1. Oh yes, Malta!
      If you like to see rare protected birds bieng shot out of the sky just for fun by pea-brained hunters while getting full support of politicians for fear of losing votes, then Malta is definitely the place to visit.
      If you don’t mind fainting when receiving your energy bill then Malta is nice for you.
      If you like the beaches but won’t mind noise pollution of sorts from unregulated fireworks, loud music from parties, car stereos, people who love to shout when they’re supposed to be talking, noisy car silencers etc then Malta would be a peach for ya.
      Prices are unregulated and when shopowners get a hint that you’re a tourist, the price rockets sky high.
      The average Maltese household is very clean from the inside but the rest of the island is plain filthy with countryside getting rapidly ruined going to speculators due to an obviously corrupt permit system.
      It’s pitiful for it’s such a pretty little island too… a damn shame!

      1. wow tim . you must have got screwed huge mate . i went there and spent a year and had a ball and work was plentiful and bills were minimal.i stayed in iklin which is where all the squillionaires live for 60 euros a week and had an indoor pool …
        try smiling more and you will get a better deal normally.
        ive been to 90 countries with that attitude and always done really well …if you look for the bad ,you will always find the bad mate..

      2. like 🙂 this country boasts with such beautiful sea views, climate and sun…Unfortunately the big smile you get from the locals is 99.9% fake. All they care for is to get hold of your cash and then rid of you. It’s a shame to vandalize nature, be careless to the environment, greedy, malicious and hostile to people who come to Malta wanting nothing but peace and a sea breeze….i spend 3 years here now and i am craving for culture, intelligent people and just a bit of safety and civilization.

        xy

  29. I think you people have missed the overall explanation here. Terra is not telling you “hey look at these cities, this is where you should live” NO she is simply saying if you are this type of person and have this type of personality, then this area of the world would be a nice place for you to look at and maybe even live at. So all you people arguing about the bad in these places should stop and realize that your not being forced to live anywhere, your simply reading a persons well thought out opinion about these places and what is so good about them. Lastly I think one of the places I would choose would be brazil. But not for retirement simply for the calmness and tranquil it offers.

    1. Thoroughly agree with you on this Curt. If we all loved the same places in the world – it would be a bit sad really. I really enjoyed this article and although there are some other places I would have on my list – that would be my list, and thankfully we have that right to choose. 🙂

  30. I have lived in South Africa all my life. People from abroad that come to South Africa loved the place. Most of the coe here for the second time. Most of the people that havent been to South Africa say that the crime is high.
    Our country is a good country. We have peacefull elections. We even had a President leave office early is a dignified manner. I have been to other countries. South Africa is my home and in my opinion one of the best countries in the world.

  31. i agree with u leon i am not from SA but i lived ther. cape town is lovely and safe city but only ppl who not bing in SA infected by medias and saying nonsence .
    cape town is one of best

  32. I have lived in South Africa may whole life and I do not know a single person who has not had a crime committed against them. I’m had my house broken into numerous times, attempted highjacking and friends murdered. Its a beautiful country but its unfortunately ruined by that percentage of the population that rape and murder everyone else without any fear of the law because there is none. Unless people actually face up to the crime sitution and stop calling it “not bad” then it’ll never stop. Oh and I live in a secure boomed off suburb in Joburg far from the townships. This happens all over the place not just in the townships. But obviously people will respond and call me unpatriotic and tell me to leave but at least I’m telling potential people considering living here the truth about the place. And by the way there is zero healthcare, public transport, education(unless you really pay for it), electricity and water cuts at least once a week, potholes all over the roads, taxi drivers who will literally kill you if you don’t let them in your lane and the most arrogant, unfriendly nation you’ll ever experience. Go somewhere lese or you’ll be very sorry. And like I said I am a South African.

    1. Thank you for your honesty. That all sounds right to me, and what about the farmers who had farms there for centuries who were murdered by blacks there, and to my knowledge nothing was ever done about it. What about those farms that were confiscated by the so-called government?
      For me South Africa may have scenic beauty, but there is too much that is uncivilized and dangerous. Who wants to live some place like THAT? Not me. I want to experience living in a country that is safe, with a good climate, a secure economy and strong banking system, and where officials are intelligent and reliable.

    2. You are very right, I’ve been living ther for 13 years left in 2000 came to visit in 2007, what can I say, Hoooooh! What a pity!

    3. Thank you! I honestly thought I was going mad. or was the most unlucky south african around. I too have been a victim of crime and there is no one I know that has not been a victim that lives in SA. Amongst the people of SA we talk about the crime like the brits talk about the weather… why do you think that is? Why do they wear these blinkers and say it is the same all over the world…IT IS NOT! Wake up the country is changing around you and you haven’t even noticed. The crime needs to be dealt with not swept under the bloody carpet.

  33. How can people create a list of TOP places to live in the world if they’ve NEVER BEEN EVERYWHERE IN THE WORLD? Doesn’t make much sense does it? Either edit the title or don’t give people “world” advice without experience. That’s like the blind leading the blind. How can I tell you there isn’t a chair in front of you if I can’t see it either?
    This article should be, “Places I would recommend from experience,” because in reality you do NOT know the best places to live in the WORLD.

    1. I DO AGREE TOTALLY, WELL SAID

      I AM SO TIRED OF SITES LIKE THIS, FIRST PEOPLE DO THAT, LIKE GUESSING THE DEAD CAT GAME OR WHO`S DONIT AND NO EXPERIENCE PER SAY, COULD CONFUSE MORE, PRODUCE CONTRADICTORY MOVEMENTS OR COMMENTS, OR ANNOY PEOPLE AND TALKING ABOUT SOMETHING YOU REALLY DO NOT KNOW NOT ONLY IS THE MOST STUPID THING TO DO BUT IT IS VERY PRETENTIOUS, OUT OF FOUDATION. SECOND IS SOMETHING WITHOUT ANY SENCE AT ALL, MAKES US MORES CONFUSED THAN EVER AND PEOPLE AGAIN JUST USE THIS SITE TO SAY BAD, STUPID, INAPPROPRATE LANGUAGE AND THOUGHTS, RACISM AND DISCRIMATION ATTACKS AND LOW/VIAL LANGUAGE THOUGHTS.

      THOSE FOR ME SHOULD BE TOTAL BANNED.

      A WISE ADVISE, YOU SHOULD TALK, OPPINIATE OVER SOMETHING YOU REALLY KNOW, REAL EXPERIENCE, OR EXPERIENCED IT, NEVER, NEVER OTHERWISE OR IT LOOKS LIKE, SHOULD BE…………………… NEVER;

      STOP THIS CONFUSING TOPIC, GO STRAIGHT TO THE ORIGINAL POINT AND STOP THE VIAL, DIRTY AND STUPID LANGUAGE, EXPRESSIONS.

      ++++ACTUALLY NOBODY ANSWER ME REALLY TO MY QUESTIONS, WORRIES, WANTINGS, JUST STUPID MANBO JAMBO, GERBERISH AND LOOKS LIKE TALKING TO KIDS ( SOME INNEBRIATED) AND NOT ADULTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      NOT MUCH SENSE AT ALL
      NOT ONE
      ANSWER ME
      OR TALKED
      EXPLORED
      TO WHAT THIS SITE:QUESTION
      SHOULD BE LIKE
      WAS REALLY

  34. BULL! Miami is one of the worst places I’ve ever been to. I’ve done a heck of a lot of traveling in my life, having spent considerable time on every continent (including an Antarctic expedition following in Shackleton’s foot steps) and I’ve always considered Florida to be one of the worst places. Most of the Southern US is pretty rough as far as the people are concerned, and Florida is definitely not an exception. I would put Vancouver on this list in a heartbeat, as well as Geneva and Rio de Janeiro. Amsterdam however was an excellent choice. I’m living there now!

  35. Yes obviously there are very dangerous places in South Africa.
    Lets just get this clear and leave it at this.
    I have lived in Cape Town my whole life and there is nothing I do not about this breathe taking city. Yes there are dangerous places even in Cape Town. Guess what?
    Every educated Capetonian knows which areas have high levels of crime and we avoid them most of the time. Besides most of the bad areas in Cape Town (Western Cape) are safe during the day.
    Then if you looking for the vibes and the parties. The glitz and the glam. Peace and beauty. Long story short if a good life is what you are looking for then come to Cape Town.
    If you can earn R25 000 per month or higher you are set for your best time of your life. Espeically if you are below 30years of age. No doubt! All you foreigners do the math because you can learn something from this!
    Bottom line Cape Town is a hidden secret and no matter what, deep down inside the Mother City will always be my true home on this planet!

    1. Totally agree with you Saul. Cape Town is a very special place and in my opinion one of the safest places I’ve been to. Keep in mind I never go down-town or to townships. I feel much safer walking around at night in Cape town then I ever did in London or some parts of Paris. (victim of crime in London & Paris before) But Gauteng (Pretoria & Johannesburg are probably of the most dangerous cities in the world. Cape town is run by a different government meaning – less crime, more jobs, less racial conflict and happy citizens. Gauteng is sooo corrupt almost everyday you hear in the news about some kind of tender deal going to politicians friends who barely have a high school qualification.
      Yes the whole of SA is super special… I love South Africa but all I wish for her is to prosper and put all her troubles aside…. Solution to that: Total new government – DA

  36. correction on the post i just sent. I made a tiny error.
    6lines from the top is suppose 2say, “there is nothing I do not know about this breathe taking city”
    Thanks.

  37. Best place to live.
    Easy.
    Your home, your castle.
    Where your loved ones are.
    It doesn’t matter if it’s Paris, Rome, NYC or Calcutta,
    Home is where the heart is.

    1. I DO AGREE WITH YOUR ANALOGY
      AND IT IS SOO TRUE

      BUT WHEN YOU HAVE THE BIGGEST RESPONSABILITY IN THE WORLD IN YOUR SHOULDEERS AND LIVE NEXT DOOR ( SOMETIMES BIG)TO CRIMES, KNIFE INCIDENTS AND DRUGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      FOR GOD`S SAKE

      EVEN YOU FOR YOUR YOU WANT TO IMPROVE YOUR LIFE, PART OF BEING HUMAN CONDITION.

  38. Soft drugs legal in the Netherlands? Nope. There are laws in the Netherlands outlawing soft drugs. But are they tolerated to certain extent? Yes. For example, as an individual, you can have up to 5 plants for own usage without getting prosecuted.

  39. i have lived in thailand for over 25 yrs and it is challenging. it is a great place for a guy. women might like it but asia is a mans world and women are treated like 2nd class citizens. living here is cheap. there are lots of attractions. i live here because i have found a niche in the export trade and i made probably more than if i lived back in the usa. i came here for excitement and i do get that.

    on the minus side thailand is corrupt and it touches you now and then. they political scene is sillier than most. the country is literally for sale. you could buy almost anything here. most of the tourist destinations here are trashed and the thais do little to clean it up.

    having said all of that my favorite large city in the world is hong kong because it has a pulse and thailand has one as well only slower.

    1. QUITE RIGHT, I LOVE HONG KONG TOO, BUT ESPECIALLY WHEN SOME CITIES WERE UNDER THE PORTUGUESE COLONIALISM IN THE PAST.

      BUT SINCE I AM A WOMAN IT IS A COUNTRY I WOULD NEVER BE IN, UNLESS FOR YOGA, THE BEST ONE.

  40. Well, Ireland is a pretty good place to live despite our financial troubles but the weather is sooo bad!
    Southern France for retirement for me I think!

  41. I would strongly disagree with Frankfurt. It may be wealthy, and there certainly are many jobs, but there is no middle-class in Frankfurt. The wealth gap in Frankfurt is simply to big. The large amount of wealthy bankers is contrasted by loads of homeless, junkies and unemployed. In Germany, cities like Munich and particularly Hamburg offer a higher standart of living, a nicer atmosphere and a higher diversity with makes for a lively community!

  42. you are a American arnt you Canada did not make the list Vancouver and Calgary are on every other list and new york sucks man America sucks to live in no health care minimum wage is 5 dollars Calgary Alberta Canada has a minimum wage of 11 dollars only 1 percent homeless low cost of living and no crime in new york a murder doesn’t even hit the news

  43. The coolest thing about the US is that you can literally find almost every type of climate and ecosystem on the planet, all in a single first-world, English-speaking, culturally diverse country. Most of our western states are bigger than many European countries. Too bad we have to pay for our own health insurance. Oh well, next week I’m taking a drive out to remote eastern Oregon to camp with my wife under the stars on a beautiful high desert landscape, on National Forest land with nobody else within a 20-mile radius of us, where I’ll happily shoot my arsenal of perfectly legal firearms to my heart’s content. Go USA!

    1. I GUESS YOU ARE SO RIGHT.

      I DO AGREE WITH YOU ON THAT ONE, DESPITE OF SOME AREAS OF BIG HOMELESS PEOPLE, DRUGS, VIOLENCE, KNIFE PROBLEMS AND THE GHETTOS.

      THERE ARE AREAS OF JUST SIMPLY BEAUTY, GREEN AND RELAXED IN THE BACK OF A CITY, YOU JUST HAVE TO STUDY ALL OF THE 25 STATES VERY CAREFULLY.
      I THINK I HAVE DECIDED CALIFORNIA, ORANGE COUNTY, I LOVE CALIFORNIA WITH ALL THE HILLS AND THEN THE PEACEFUL BEACHES, THAT NOBODY GOES AND THE FORESTS THAT NOBODY KNOWS ABOUT. MY FATHER USED TO TAKE ME THERE.

      MOST AMERICANS NOT EVEN KNOW THAT THERE ARE LOVELY ECO FORESTS AND ECO VILLAGES AND QUIET SANDY BEACHES IN THE SHOE OF CALIFORNIA.

      HAVE DECIDED
      ANYWAY IT IS A LOVELY COUNTRY/PLACE TO GROW, DEVELOP AND STUDY, LEARN DIVERSITY, FIRST OF ALL

    2. I was born on the southern Oregon coast and loved it. Unfortunately, the economy there sucks so I ended up in Seattle (Edmonds) for most of my working life. Seattle is a gorgeous city and Western Washington is stunning but the rain and cold drove me away. I lived in the Philippines for several years along with my wife and daughter and we even bought a little beach house there but it was a bit too backwards so we now live in Jomtien Beach,Thailand. Thailand is nice but Thai culture is a bit xenophobic. As a foreigner you are charged more and admonished never to question anything lest you cause a Thai to lose face. Your face doesn’t count. Beyond that it is VERY hot here and consumer goods are very expensive. We are considering a move back to the states but the thought of those long wet dreary days makes me wonder if Seattle is the right choice despite the fact that we own a beautiful home there. We’re considering Bend, Oregon as well. Wish I could afford the central California coast.

  44. I expectthat many people will believe that they live in the best place. I live in a town in England that has some of the best air quality in the country. My local hospital, doctor and dentist are within walking distance and healthcare is free at source. It’s in the driest area of the country but has enough water.

    I can not own my own handgun or hunting rifle. There are other problems in the area too but I have a wonderful wife and family. I am happy.

    1. I agree. Most people are always gonna see the positives if they like where they live while others see only the negative. Obviously, EVERY country has BOTH and people need to learn to see that. For example, my family is Puerto Rican. I was born in NY and raised for almost my entire life in NJ and almost NEVER felt American. I’m not patriotic at all and instead feel closer to the European lifestyle. Most people will talk of the “American Dream,” but to me it feels quite hollow. Don’t get me wrong, there are many good things about living here. I love the democracy and standard of living, but it’s far too capitalist for me, (the gap in rich and poor is spreading by the day) too Christian/religious (especially in the South) which is quite intolerant and impedes progress, and there’s barely any history older than colonial times. I’d far rather live in a more moderately capitalist and secular country with more history. But like I said, each place has their pros and cons and this is MY opinion of the country I was born in and lived for my 25 years of life.

      Also, people may “love” owning and shooting guns and that’s all fine and dandy for hunting. But when they’re so readily available to anyone who even looks of age can buy one without any training, licenses, or background information (What if the person had a history of gun violence?) like in many Southern states with their “gun shows,” THAT’S when things get very dangerous and THAT’S why gun violence is so high in our country. Our many school shootings were no coincidence. I guess we’ll never learn. Consider yourself lucky then that it’s different in the UK. If no one is allowed to own guns, then no one can shoot anyone. Or the ones that do are already criminals by just possessing one which helps in the process of targeting suspects.

      1. can you talk about NYC .. i have not read a comment yet about it yet // i am consideringMiami , nyc or montreal ..i live in vancouver

    2. ENGLAND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      PLEEEEAAASE

      YOU ARE NOT IN MY ENGLAND

      OH WELL LETS SEE, YOU ARE ENGLISH, THAT IS WHY YOU ARE NOT FEELING THE SO HARD LIFE, THE RACISM, THE DISCRIMINATION, FROM THE SIMPLE BUS LINE, SHOPPING ( A WORDING MISPLACED) TO JOBS.

      ENGLAND, UK IS THE MOST RACIST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD
      (AND I KNOW WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT)

      THE DIFFERENCE IS THAT AMERICA IS AND ALWAYS BE WHAT IT IS BECAUSE THEY EMBRACE DIVERSITY, THEY ARE DIVERSITY, THEY LEARN , GROW WITH IT

      ENGLAND DESPISES IT, DOES NOT UNDERSTAND NOR WANTS TO,
      STOPS GROWING
      STOPPED LIVING, ACCEPTING IT

      THEY ARE ROTTEN IN THEIR OWN ROOTS ( WHICH WERE NONE IF NOT MADE AND GROWN WITH THE PORTUGUESE, SPANISH, DUTCH, VIKINGS FROM SWEDEN AND EVEN SCOTISH CULTURES/PEOPLE)
      THEY HAVE STOPPED IN TIME
      AND NEVER GET OUT OF THE TIME CAPSULE
      (NOT EVEN THINK THEY REALLY LEARNED THE ESSENCE OF WWII, BESIDES THEIR OWN HYPOCRICY WITH THEIR MORE THAN DEAD MONUMENTS, NEVER UNDERSTOOD THEIR MORBID THING WITH CELEBRATING DEATH AND THE DEAD, WHEN THE BEST THING SHOULD BE CELEBRATING THE REALLY MOTIVE WHY THEY FOUGHT IN WWII AND WITH SO MANY NATIONS WITH ONE COMMON THING) STUPID STUPID;

      WHICH IS A STUPID SHAME

      WITH A COUNTRY SO BEATIFUL AND RICH
      IN GREENS, ECO VILLAGES
      NATURAL PRODUCTS
      AND A SPIRITUAL PATH AS GLANSTONBURY
      AND SOUTH DEVON

      BUT THE PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      AND YOU ARE SELLING ENGLAND TO THE STUPID TO PEOPLE ARE NOT HERE, IS THE MOST COUNTRY WITH CRIME, KNIFE CRIME, RAPE, DRUGS PROBLEMS OF ANY KIND, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, TEENAGE PREGNANCY AND GUNS PROBLEMS AND NOW KIDS DELIQUENCY MORE OR THE SAME AS THE ENTIRE USA.

      WHO ARE YOU KIDDING?

      WHERE HAVE BEEN LIVING?

      KIDS HERE ARE A PURE DISGRACE

      AT LEAST IN AMERICA IN SOME STATES, THEY HAVE RELIGION AND DISCIPLINE TO MAKE THEM INTO WOMAN AND MAN

      HERE IS A TOTALY DISGRACE SINCE BIRTH, SINCE THEY ARE POPPED LIKE RABBITS FOR THEIR MOTHERS RECEIVE BENEFITS, THEY DON NOT HAVE TYO WORK

      1. Your views are very biased when comparing England to the US. Stop looking through rose tinted spectacles when talking about the US. Yes, there are a lot of nice places in the US, just as there are are in England. To disagree would mean you have visited everywhere in England, and I doubt that very much.
        I would be very interested where you get you alleged facts for this comment: “THE MOST COUNTRY WITH CRIME, KNIFE CRIME, RAPE, DRUGS PROBLEMS OF ANY KIND, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, TEENAGE PREGNANCY AND GUNS PROBLEMS AND NOW KIDS DELIQUENCY MORE OR THE SAME AS THE ENTIRE USA.”

        As for this comment: “ENGLAND, UK IS THE MOST RACIST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD
        (AND I KNOW WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT)”
        Personal opinion again that cannot be based on fact. That is unless, you have visited every civilised country on the planet and not just looked at a few websites and read some magazines.

        Time to wind your neck, travel a little more before spouting derogatory comments about somewhere you obviously have little experience of.

  45. OMG
    Thats the biggest BS i have ever read about brazil…
    The 2 things they said to be great are actually the ones brazilians consider to be the biggest problems!
    We have extremely abusive taxes and we get shit in return, especially health care!
    (im brazilian from São Paulo)

  46. hilarious that the writer thinks that Cape Town ‘offers some of the most beautiful beaches in Africa’. Im not surprised though as most white foreigners think South Africa is the only country in Africa worth visiting because of its large white population.

    I wonder if the writer has ever travelled to other parts of Africa to make such bogus claims. Yes Cape Town is beautiful but does it have the best beaches in Africa? Certainly NOT!!!

    The beaches in Zanzibar makes Cape Town look like a tourist poop ground. A simple google image search of Zanzibar beaches simply confirms that :

    Cape Town = overcrowded touristy, crime ridded piss haven and shark hellhole,

    Zanzibar = PARADISE

    1. Zanzibar aggg please!!!!
      If you want beautiful beaches in africa go to Mauritius. It’s safe, stable government and the south and west will make anybody believe they are in heaven.

      How on earth is Cape town dangerous???????????
      Now if you want to risk your life please go to Zanzibar. You’ll pray for your life even before you’re in that hellhole.

  47. Brazil is dangerous, specially cities like Rio and Sao Paulo… I live there and i want to go abroad, looking for some peace…

  48. Hello I live in La Serena Chile….nice weather and reasonable cost of life, very low crime rate and good health system…and I have live in many citys like Toronto, Los Angeles, Miami, Cancun, Rio, and Buenos Aires…

  49. California 30 years ago was a paradise! But now there are NO jobs, the TAXES are unbelievable, health care doesnt exist , and because of the huge numbers of uneducated peasants coming from Mexico illegaly, crime is rampant! California is PARADISE LOST!!

  50. super lame list, I have lived in several of those places – rushing to find something better. Did not mention the crime in Brazil the struggles to get anything done in Paris… Seriously, make a list for grown ups, we are not looking for little adventure.
    BAD article.

  51. I was just wondering what you all think of NEW ZEALAND? My sister is planning to go there, with her husbaqnd and 2 young kids, leaving close family/friends behind.

    I don’t particularly like the town i live in, in the UK but i have lived there all my life (have travelled lots with holidays, which you never get to see the bad side of a city/country) and the most important thing to me is family/friends and bringing my kids up with their grandparents/family/friends.

    Eventually i would like to travel more and maybe live elsewhere. Ideally if i had enough money i would like to travel the world, with my kids and husband when there schooling has finished!

    any comments?!!

    1. Read these sites first. Especially the migration stories of people who added their contributions.

      http://www.expatexposed.com
      http://e2nz.org/

      I lived in New Zealand for about 8 years and cannot recommend it. Cost of living bad, housing quality is very poor and very expensive, Kiwis are often resentful and exploitative of immigrants, poorly educated and cash-starved. Drug and drinking problems, bullying in the schools. Crime, all over the place, much petty crime, you have to lock everything up. Much of the violence and coercion is behind closed doors. We did not like it, and returned to the U.S. Upside – if you have no health care whatsoever, having bare bones health care is good.

  52. C’mon guys, there are no perfect place for all! It really depends of your level of education, life style and a lot off different facts that made us UNIQUE!
    PS.: in my opinion the best place to leave it is on board of a sail boat and traveling to know a great number of perfect places…
    B.Rgs,
    Rodolfo

  53. Hello everyone,

    At 50, I am at a crossroads. Do not feel the age or act it(;-))and am pursuing my art dream. My question to you is, where in the country or world would any of you recommend to both be able to find employment AND that is artist friendly….as well as being safe, healthy, vibrant and diverse. Thanks in advance~

    1. Several cities in Europe would suit your needs, and also Canada. However, if you are looking for something more diverse or adventurous, I would recommend South America, where the overall best countries would be Chile, Brazil, and Argentina. Buenos Aires, Santiago, and Sao Paulo (and even Rio de Janeiro) could be a great fit, as they all have English-speaking people, business opportunities, good healthcare, good standard of living, and very active art scenes. I, personally, would recommend Buenos Aires, which is a very cosmopolitan city, bursting with life, and is basically the New York City of South America. It is also famous for its creative art districts, which are fueled by vibrant and diverse populations of Argentina(and South America)’s finest artists. Good luck!

  54. why do you all compete with each other – surely where ever you feel is the place that satisfies your desires etc is the place that is yours to keep special. We all live on this Earth together, & what a beautiful planet it is. Its gotta be better than some of the other planets out there.

  55. I was just wondering what you all think of NEW ZEALAND? My sister is planning to go there, with her husbaqnd and 2 young kids, leaving close family/friends behind.

    I don’t particularly like the town i live in, in the UK but i have lived there all my life (have travelled lots with holidays, which you never get to see the bad side of a city/country) and the most important thing to me is family/friends and bringing my kids up with their grandparents/family/friends.

    Eventually i would like to travel more and maybe live elsewhere. Ideally if i had enough money i would like to travel the world, with my kids and husband when there schooling has finished!

    any comments?!!

    Reply

  56. Hilariously bad list. At least call it ” Top Ten places in the world that I’ve heard of/visited””. Obviously a very USA biased list, Australia has a far higher standard of living than the USA, amazing climate, low crime compared to places you’ve listed and has nothing featured, and the well known extremely livable nations of Norway, Canada and Sweden also are not mentioned, possibly due to the cold weather. Surprised you didn’t throw San Francisco and LA in there as well.

  57. No one seems to answer my question about new zealand and travel etc as well as jeff’s question!!

    all just seem to want to argue!

  58. hi ! you lucky guys you all are so lucky that you are having the
    golden chance to visit australia england newzland and many more places
    yar i also want to visit a place its name is switzerland

  59. Oh so I am lucky that I lives in Amsterdam for some years now, but if I have to choose between Amsterdam and Paris, I would choose for Amsterdam. Paris is only nice for vacations, I think.

  60. I live in Ottawa Canada, and currently it is the blace ever, warm summers, not to chilly winters, and the best job apportunitys ever

  61. I don’t know about Paris being the most romantic… I notice that most people seem to believe this and it is simply not true. Maybe one of the dirtiest places you could possibly live, I think people would think differently about the “romanticism” of this city if they took a walk down the dust, garbage and cigarette butt covered streets or strolled through some of the parks that are mysteriously weed-free and mostly covered with drab sand-looking walkways packed with so many chemicals to control weeds from disrupting the little amount of greenery that is actually there that pets aren’t allowed; most likely because they are at ground level with these chemicals, not because Parisian parks and rec think that the citizens are irresponsible in cleaning up after their pets. Oh, and then there’s the crazy amount of people trying to scam or beg or otherwise harass you around virtually all of the popular traditionally thought to be “romantic” areas. Then there’s the “romantic” two hour wait in line to get up the Eiffel tower any time of they day, or the “romantic” body odors filling half of the subway cars that you ride because many individuals in this town don’t seem to take hygiene too seriously… Then again the water bills rack up insanely quickly if you ever live here, so actually I understand the less common frequency of bathing by some inhabitants. Ok enough ranting. Bottom line- Paris is nice to visit and has some great food and really kind people regardless of stereotypical views of the “rude Parisian,” but the idea that it is some kind of romantic city to visit and live in is also a stereotypical and really silly, illusory conclusion to come to in my opinion.

  62. Hi everyone,

    Nice bickering, the reason I asked my question and ended up in this blog is because I already live in the best city in the world (Sydney) yet I somehow feel that we are being overrun by a different way of life because of the constant competition between people.

    Us Australians (well the good old Gen X that didn’t do anything wrong, just inherited it), we value freedom, hard work, back-breaking work actually, we love all human beings (no matter of race or colour – religion is still up for discussion). however everyone thinks because it’s so good here, we have it easy. This is not the case. You cannot buy a house in Australia (not even a shack) for under $500,000 (and yes, we are $1.05 amercian dollars so super expensive) our averages wages are less than $50,000 per year, so while it is a great place to live, you will never actually be able to get ahead financially. The money in this city belongs to the top 10% of all the world – why not – ask the richest guy in each of your countries where they would buy property – Australia is the answer.

    I feel shitty that out country is being taken over by immigrants plainly because of the minerals in the ground. When I grew up (10 yrs ago) there were more immigrants than Australians in my year at school. None of these people ever wanted me to give up my Australian attitude or way of life, they embraced it. I can only hope that these girls/boys who were treated so equally by us during these years will treat us with the same respect in the years to come as they prosper and take over by numbers. No single being is better than anyone else. Why we think otherwise is beyond me.

    Anyway off the topic – Just think about where you want to live before you make any drastic moves. We have people dying everyday in attempt at a better life here in Australia. Believe me, medical benefits are only good if the hospitals can actually get to you in time, and if someone cares. at the moment, no-one does, so please be careful before travelling here.

    PS. For the first time in my life I am considering moving myself out of this country, I thought it was too good to leave, but I have been proved wrong, and even I with heaps of aussie dollars can’t afford to live here anymore $6.50 before you even get into a taxi – ridiculous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Beware the lucky country – the governments call it that because we have all of the uranium & gas (90% more than the rest of the world combined – makes you think why they want our country so much doesn’t it!!!!)

  63. Home is where you lay your head. Make the best of it anywhere. It’s nice to visit other locations around the world though… All big cities have crime, but you have to know where to stay away from and where it’s safe. Petty crime is high in all U.S. rural areas; same for almost all countries. The worst place I’ve lived (and currently living) is in the Seattle area. Usually no summers to speak of and rainy/overcast most of the time. Best place to live is Hawaii, but it’s very expensive and the petty crime is very high. Wherever one lives, get out, enjoy the area, and meet the people. “Live life simply, so others can simply live.”

  64. usa is safe place hahahahaha good joke
    never again usa
    hip hop gangs every 100 meters no thank you usa
    i am german and i say the best land is france and germany

    1. Maybe for you.
      France is cool, Germany is cool too. But I wouldn’t trade the USA for any place in Europe.
      There are NOT hip hop gangs every 100 meters. That would be the same as saying there are 100 Nazis every 100 meters in Germany.
      No need to trash other places just because you don’t like it dude. Keep that stuff to yourself.

  65. Loving the fact of options we have in life to not be just stuck in one place you were born 🙂 Explore & i love that Miami, Florida is not high housing coasts and always nice out! schooling i thinksa yesss!good place to start a new life 🙂

  66. Brazil is not good place to live. I know because I am brazilian and I know other parts of the world to compare. The crime is high everywhere. Many people are not educated and there is corruption. I want to move from here. Public health care is free but bad quality. Ugly cities. Heavy rains in summer and dengue fever.But africa, India and most latin american countires are worst than Brazil (except Chile and Argentina)

  67. CAN someone fill me in about NYC ..how easy or hard is it to intergrate in that city ie; finding a job. reasonable living space ect. ..leaving Vancouver ..hate it BOOOORING !!1

  68. As an Australian,although I agree Australia is very pretty it lacks culture,is quite boring in places and is very expensive. Have a trip by all means though. Personally I’m supposed no where in Beitain is on here. What about Bath??? It just oozes history,romance and charm? There is nothing better than walking down those clean,roman streets and heading to the Thermae spa and look at the sunset over the Somerset hills! The UK should be on here!

  69. Whoever wrote about Miami has obviously never lived here. Yes we’re diverse. The rent vs. average salary sucks. The traffic is awful and our public transportation is NOT reliable or convenient. I’m so sick of people glamorizing this place because we have nice beaches and it’s warm most of the year! Hint: if you live on Miami Beach (because then you are by the beach) you pay EXTRA taxes on EVERYTHING!

  70. Brazil and parents with a rare beauty in the northeast and southwest, already heard also in a state called holy spirit, pretty much put the Brazil muitat contains violence, but without any doubt one of the best countries to live and the best of america

  71. Hi dear,i love ur publication.however i need ur advice, i want to travel to brazil through the sporsor of my mentor but am very comfused and worried about the type of life and business that flourish in brazil and beside am been set back by my friends on the fact that mine going there is only to go and do drug business and it very dangerous, pls help me am confused. Joe from nigeria

  72. Hi Terra! First of all, I want to congratulate you for your article! I haven’t been in most of those places, but I really want to go to Amsterdam, Cape Town and Paris. I have been to NYC and Miami though, and I was born in Brazil.
    NYC is just awesome! You can never get bored there, since there is so much to do! Miami is absolutely wonderful! I know many people say that crime there is high and all, but out of all the times I’ve been there, I always enjoy much of what the city has to offer, from many different neighborhoods, day and night, and nothing ever happened to me! Plus there are amazing beaches, and a huge diversity and amazing nightlife! I’ll be moving there next week, and I couldn’t be happier! 😀
    As for Brazil, it is a wonderful country too (I know, I was born and raised there)! However, I have to disagree with a few things you said there. The health care system unfortunately isn’t that great. Although it is free, the quality is poor. And the cost of living isn’t too low either. Brazil has too many taxes over everything (for example, a car in Brazil costs over twice as much as it does in the USA).
    On the other hand, Brazil has many amazing qualities! Weather is perfect, people are friendly, it’s a very festive country with a huge diversity within its own regions (What you find on the North will be very different than what you find on the South). I am from Sao Paulo, and crime there is just like any other major city (population in SP is around 11 million people).
    In the end, it all depends on your personal opinion. That is why I liked your article so much, and hopefully, this will shut up any other negative comments.
    Congratulations!

  73. MMMmm… you do not seem to have read which cities in South Africa the people were raving about – Cape Town and NOT Johannesburg. The latter is a dump!!! But one cannot compare the two since they are literally continents apart in lifestyle and crime. Please do not break all of SA down – that would be horribly unfair and ignorant.

  74. Terra, Brazilian health care system is actually terrible. It’s designed to be universal and free, but the real deal is that the hospitals lack infrastructure and personnel. People only don’t get health insurance when they can’t afford it (most people, since by standard Brazilian wages, are very expensive). It’s not uncommon that people die in the lines of the public hospitals, or die waiting for a surgery or have to wait several months so they can get an exam which must be done immeadiately. When they get the exam, it’s not also uncommon that they have to wait several months to get an appointment with the doctor which requested the exam — in which case the condition evolves and the exam taken becomes worthless.

  75. I lived in Amsterdam, Frankfurt and São Paulo. I agree, they are also in my top 10. These are some of the most expatriate friendly cities in the world which explains why I have lived in these cities. New York City, Paris, Rio de Janeiro and Cape Town would also be in my list since I am a city kind of person. I have traveled a’lot and there are other places which I would rather go for vacation. But if I were to add more cities to live in my list I would probably include: Barcelona, Milan, Buenos Aires, Bangkok, London, Dubai, Lisbon, Shanghai, Seoul and Tokyo. Although I must say, opinions can vary greatly, I like medium or big cities that have a’lot to offer, are interesting to live in and never get boring. Thank you for sharing your opinion also.

  76. I agree that Brazil is a good place to live and retire, but please get better informed about cost living in the big cities here. São Paulo and Rio are very expensive, following the country’s development prices are getting out of control.
    I live in São Paulo and I know Rio de Janeiro very well as I was born there. Both cities are very expensive, mainly for us that receive our salaries in Reais (Brazilian currency).
    All services are expensive, cars here are the most expensive in the world, real estates in middle class neighborhoods are totally expensive, more if you compare to countries as USA, Canada, Australia and other developed countries.
    Before visit Brazil do a research about prices in those 2 big cities, please don’t think it’s so cheap. As you know it’s less impacting if you receive your salaries in EURO or DOLLARS.

  77. I was reading the article about Brazil – I just have to say that you have been gravely misinformed… the private health service here is very poor… so imagine the national health service – its a disgrace where people are left waiting days, weeks and months to be seen to and sometimes end up dying. There is a lot of corruption within the government and the police which is the main cause of Brazils problems.
    Also the article mentioned Brazil being cheap… that is simply NOT TRUE. The prices of products are so expensive… 2-3 times the value of those in Europe or the USA. Import taxes are about 100% and Brazilian produced products are very expensive and are very poorly produced… I am Brazilian and have lived abraod for many years so I can tell you the truth. How can you write an article that is simply incorrect – have you (the author) been bribed yourself or are you dilusional?

  78. Cairns Queensland Australia and Kagoshima Japan both nice size cities plenty to do and breath taking scenery.Cairns is expensive though.Live their now dont tell anyone want to keep them small.

  79. Are you kidding me? Cost of living in São Paulo and Rio are high as in New York City. Public health system is horrible. No doctors, huge lines that can take up to 12 hours if so. Violence, traffic, real state has gone up enormously. Better check your references before writing.

    Wonder if the other places shown are updated.

  80. What about Turkey, :O I’ve lived in Turkey for my entire childhood and every single day there is something amazing to explore

  81. i love hong kong tho..there’s fair justice in hong kong, i love the food..there’s a lot of westerners in hongkong and that made the city more civilized….but because of h0w the chinese people behaved?it gave the city the impression of being not so friendly city…but i really had a great time in hong kong…i’ve been to mainland china also…but ohhh dear!!!chinese people are just horrible!

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