Millennials name the best countries to live
U.S. News & World Report recently released new data that reveals how 18- to 35-year-olds perceive the world, ranking the best nations in which to live by dating potential, career possibilities, living quality and overall merits. Here are, according to millennials, the top 25 countries to call home.
1. Canada(Credit: Dreamstime)
The second-largest country in the world (after Russia), Canada is a high-tech industrial society with a high standard of living.
2. Germany(Credit: Dreamstime / Jank1000)
With one of the largest economies in the world, Germany possesses a highly skilled, affluent workforce and is one of the globe's leading importers and exporters. (Pictured: Tourists walk in the courtyard near the tower of Nuremberg castle in Nuremberg, Germany.)
3. United Kingdom(Credit: Alamy)
The United Kingdom (includes England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) is a highly developed nation that exerts considerable economic, political, scientific and cultural influence internationally. (Pictured: London skyline with the London Eye and houses of parliament on the River Thames at night.)
4. Japan(Credit: Getty Images)
Japan is one of the world's most literate and technically advanced nations, blending ancient traditions and aspects of Western life. The country is among the world's largest producers of motor vehicles, electronic equipment and steel. (Pictured: Tourists travel on a ferry near blooming cherry blossoms on the Okazaki canal in Kyoto, Japan, on April 5, 2013.)
5. United States(Credit: Dreamstime)
The United States is the world's most dominant player in terms of economic and military might, and has left a significant cultural imprint in part due to its entertainment industry. In addition, the nation's economy is the world's largest in terms of gross domestic product and also the most technologically powerful.
6. Australia(Credit: Alamy / Peter Adams Photography Ltd.)
Australia is considered a wealthy nation with a market-based economy that has a comparatively high gross domestic product and per capita income. Its economy is driven by the service sector and the export of commodities. (Pictured: The view across Sydney Harbor of the Sydney Opera House.)
7. Sweden(Credit: iStock)
The Kingdom of Sweden is one of the largest countries in the European Union by land mass. Its commitment to human rights, public service and sustainability have helped to make it a respected leader in international affairs. (Pictured: Boats moored along the embankment in the Sodermalm section of Stockholm.)
8. France(Credit: Alamy / Vito Arcomano)
One of the world's oldest countries, France is a wealthy, high-income nation that guarantees social services such as education, health care and pensions for retirement. The French economy is one of the world's largest and is a mixture of private enterprise and government involvement. (Pictured: The Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.)
9. Denmark(Credit: AP)
The Kingdom of Denmark employs a universal health care system in which citizens receive mostly free medical care. Higher education is also free. (Pictured: The Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek museum in Copenhagen in 2006.)
10. Netherlands(Credit: AP)
Known as Dutch, the people of the Netherlands have formed a tolerant society. In 2001, the country became the first to legalize same-sex marriage, and national stances on drugs, prostitution, euthanasia and abortion are liberal. Known for its tulips, this high-income, developed nation is one of the world's leading exporters of agriculture, an industry that has become mostly mechanized. (Pictured: The World Heritage-listed Kinderdijk windmills are illuminated by LED lights, near Rotterdam, Netherlands, on Sept. 7, 2009.)
11. New Zealand(Credit: AP )
New Zealand saw impressive growth and transformation in the decades following independence. The export market, abounding with dairy, sheep, beef, poultry, fruit, vegetables and wine, was opened beyond the United Kingdom, and manufacturing and tourism were expanded. Per capita income remains high and, at 7.4 percent, education expenditures as a percent of gross domestic product are some of the highest in the world.
12. China(Credit: AP)
China, the world's most populous country, has been one of the world's fastest-growing major economies since former leader Deng Xiaoping installed reforms in 1978. (The Bund, one of the most famous tourist destinations, in Shanghai, China, is an avenue lined with art deco buildings from the 1920s and 1930s.)
13. Italy(Credit: AP)
The country's historical cities, world-renowned cuisine and geographic beauty make it a popular destination for more than 40 million tourists each year. From the artwork of Leonardo da Vinci to the fashion houses of Milan, Italy's cultural influence has always been profound. Remnants of Greek, Etruscan and Roman civilization dot the peninsula. The country's regional cuisines inspire chefs worldwide. (Pictured: Inside Santa Maria del Popolo church in Rome.)
14. Spain(Credit: Getty Images)
Cultural achievements in Spain, from the artistic mastery of Velazquez, Goya and Picasso to the globally renowned novel "Don Quixote" by Cervantes, and traditions like flamenco music and dance are a source of unity and national pride.
15. Austria(Credit: AP)
Vienna, the Austrian capital, became Europe's center for classical music innovation. Famous composers such as Anton Bruckner and Franz Liszt were born in Vienna, and both Ludwig van Beethoven and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart spent much of their lives in the city. Austria boasts one of the highest standards of living among the economies of the world, ranking highly in per capita gross domestic product.
16. Singapore(Credit: AP / Wong Maye-E)
Singapore is a bustling metropolis in Southeast Asia and home to one of the world's busiest ports. The country has seen impressive growth in recent years as efficient manufacturing and production practices have made way for free-market innovation in the booming electronics and pharmaceutical industries. Gross domestic product per capita is high and unemployment is low, making Singapore one of the wealthiest nations in the world. (Pictured: People are dwarfed by the structure of "Supertrees" seen against the financial skyline of Singapore on Wednesday June 29, 2011.)
17. Ireland(Credit: Jon Arnold Images Ltd.)
Ireland has a large cultural imprint, particularly in English literature. The country's famous authors include Samuel Beckett, James Joyce and Oscar Wilde - just to name a few. The nation has rich musical and folklore traditions and is also the creator of Guinness, perhaps its most famous export along with St. Patrick's Day. (Pictured: The Ha'penny Bridge and Custom House in Dublin.)
18. Luxembourg(Credit: Getty Images)
Luxembourg is one of the smallest countries in the world yet the second-wealthiest (after Qatar). A major center for large private banking, its citizens enjoy a high standard of living.
19. South Korea(Credit: Brian Breuhaus)
South Korea's high-tech, service-based economy is a foreign investment success story, seeing steady growth and poverty reduction since the 1960s and is now the world's sixth-largest exporter and 12th-largest economy overall. The country's capital, Seoul, is located near the center of the Korean Peninsula, chosen as such during the Joseon dynasty (1392-1897) for its impressive feng shui - the idea that the positioning of objects ensures health and harmony. It is home to the headquarters of Samsung, Hyundai and Kia, representing two of South Korea's important exports: technology and cars. (Pictured: Jeju Island, South Korea.)
20. Thailand(Credit: iStockphoto.com)
A substantial agriculture sector and competitive manufacturing industry have kept Thailand strong and growing with low poverty and unemployment rates. It is the world's largest exporter of rice and a leader in textiles, tin and electronics. It is one of the world's most visited countries, where bustling, modern cities are juxtaposed with ancient ruins, glistening beaches and gilded temples. (Pictured: King and Queen Pagodas at Doi Inthanon National Park in the Chiang Mai Province of northern Thailand.)
21. Brazil(Credit: AP/ Leo Correa)
Rich with natural resources, Brazil's economy is active in the agricultural, manufacturing, mining and service sectors. The nation is a top producer in coffee production. Brazil's economy grew rapidly during the first decade of the 21st century, and it now has one of the world's largest economies in terms of gross domestic product (according to the International Monetary Fund). (Pictured: Rio de Janeiro's Mayor Eduardo Paes, center, dances with the second princess of the carnival, Bianca Monteiro, right, and the 2016 Carnival King Momo, Wilson Dias da Costa Neto, second left, at a ceremony marking the official start of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.)
22. Russia(Credit: MCT)
Russia has one of the world's largest economies that is powered by its extensive natural resources. Top industries include oil and natural gas production, with agriculture, forestry, fishing and manufacturing serving as other economic drivers. Oil and natural gas, in particular, represent large portions of the country's economy. Russia also is one of the world's largest exporters of military weapons, trailing only the United States. (Pictured: A sculpture in downtown Sochi illustrates the city's history as a port.)
23. India(Credit: Bernard Perry)
India, the world's largest democracy, has a fast-growing, diverse economy with a skilled, educated workforce. The nation has become an important center of information technology services, business outsourcing services and software workers. (Pictured: Humayun's Tomb in Delhi.)
24. Portugal(Credit: AP)
Jutting into the Atlantic Ocean on the edge of the Iberian Peninsula and flanked by Spain to the east, Portugal has long stretches of beach, a mild climate and several heritage sites that make the country an increasingly popular place to visit. (Pictured: Long a playground of royalty near the Portuguese capital of Lisbon, Sintra is home to a number of spectacular buildings, including Pena Palace.)
25. Greece(Credit: AP )
Greek culture has forged distinctive identities in science, the arts, social sciences and cuisine. Greece gave birth to drama and theater, as well as disciplines such as political science. Fueled by the tourism industry, services comprise the largest economic sector in the country, both for employment and contribution to the Greek gross domestic product. (Pictured: Sunlight catches clouds behind the ancient Acropolis in Athens, Greece.)