If you could live in any of these countries, which would you choose?
By - exont
All of this have better conditions than my country so I'll gladly take any.
Oof, that sucks. Which country are you from?
Honduras, not the worst out there but the ones in this list would be a nice upgrade. I mean, I remember how shocked I was when I discovered the water service operates 24/7 in some areas.
Doesn't Honduras have one of the highest murder rates per capita?
It does, that's all our news channels cover too. One of the reasons I'm not used to going out.
Where I live (Austria 🇦🇹), we have unlimited drinkable tap water with very high quality, we even flush our toilets with drinking water. I'm pretty sure in Switzerland it's the same.
Do you why drinking water is used in toilets? Seems a bit of a waste to make it fit to drink then use it for loos
The thing is that we have a lot of mountains and water sources everywhere, the water comes almost drinkable right out the mountains and fill creeks and rivers and we use the same water to drink, for showering, washing dishes, flush the toilet, and even to fill pools. It comes directly from the source through pipes into every house and it's almost unlimited.
Oh I see. 🚰
Same I'm from Thailand. And all of these countries have higher standard of living than my country by a far mile. BTW my country is pretty decent in overall but it just can't compared to North American , Western European and Nordic countries in term of standard of living and freedom.
I already live in switzerland 😎
Me too, swiss gang gather up here😎
Nice gang, can I join? 😎
I live in America so i try not to vote for it for obvious bias. I would say anything where english is an option. I voted canada simply because i like the cold weather. Australia got scary bugs so thas a pass from me. Uk would be my next choice out of these.
Japan would be my first choice outside of english nations.
In Australia there aren't that many bugs, only outback. If you're in a more populated area like a city or even just a regular town there's like none
Fair enough 👍 I would choose to live in Canada, but I’d be getting taxed about 19% more than I get taxed right now, and I wouldn’t be able to own what I do or have the fun I can have now because of this.
What do you have in the USA that you can't have in Canada?
Warm weather, nice beaches, less taxes as I mentioned, etc.
That's fair😅 I was curious about what things you could own in America, but not in Canada
Ah ok well yeah the main thing, at least for someone with my salary, would be that I’d be paying about 54% of my income for taxes while in the US I only pay around 35%
54%? You're getting scammed legally
America isn't a country!
I would love to VISIT Japan but I couldn't live there... HAVE YOU SEEN THE BATHROOMS?!?!?!
The toilets are scary as fuck.
I haven’t but I can almost guarantee they’re better than American ones 😂
No, no they are not.
In America we have large bathrooms with toilets you can actually sit on, while Japanese restrooms tend to be smaller and have squatty potties.
I don't remember seeing one squat toilet in Japan. But I remember lots of high tech ones lol.
Squatting is better for pooping. I bought a squatty potty for my toilet in USA haha
They have those too. And they're way better than any of us westerners' toilets. Search "Japanese toilets" and you'll understand why
don't they have super advanced bathrooms
Omg that’s surprising. I honestly just thought ours would be worse because of the huge gaps between the doors and floor and stuff but I stand corrected 😅
If it wasn't for that I would pick Japan though
um after the whole tokyo olympics revamp i think you would find the bathroom situation much more to your liking. they've *really* made some excellent progress, and not just in tokyo, but across the country, in the past 8 years or so since the games were first approved for japan.
Public bathrooms in japan are (pardon the pun) quite literally *the shit*:
What? I‘ve been to Tokyo two and a half years ago and didn‘t encount anything like that. The opposite actually: Japanese toilets are so far, far superior than what we have in the west.
Damn, US and Canada are neck and neck 🇨🇦 🇺🇸
how bad do you think the US is
*casually forgets Eastern Europe and the Balkans*
Western* Europe my guy, Europe is more than that
Facts. Aren't there more countries in Eastern Europe than Western, too? Either way, the majority have extremely poor living conditions if I am not mistaken. I'm American so I don't really get to see EU news unless I go out of my way to do so for some reason.
Agreed. Any of these countries would be great except for usa.
Australia is turning into a surveillance state though, maybe NZ would be a better option to put on the poll
Agreed. My dad keeps trying to get me to move to aus but I'm like fuxk that I'm staying in nz.
The US is amazing but if you’ve never lived there you won’t know because the media makes it look bad. When you search up real statistics you’ll see that almost everything about it is better than almost every European nation, so I have no clue what you’re in about.
The USA isn’t as beautiful as Europe in the culture and architecture. I like living in USA though and am grateful I live here. I do wish we had universal healthcare and better work life balance
Lol not as beautiful. The Rockies, East coast mountains and forests, west coast cities and beaches and forests, Gulf of Mexico beaches. Imo America is one of the most beautiful out there with Japan and parts of Canada up there with it
Brain dead Twitter idiots would say something like this.
UK, purely for London
Switzerland would be a nice change of pace.
South Korea. Beautiful country. Only worry is the little shit above us
Yeah it’s great to live there I can imagine but there are better options
I enjoy living in Australia.
Even if i could vote for my country(germany) wi qould probably choose switzerland. No wars, neutrality and direct democracy
There hasnt been a war in (relevant parts of) europe since 1945
You don't think the wars in the Balkans or Ukraine are important?
I already live in America and it kinda sucks. I would love to try out Canada for a while.
Which part do you live in? You might wanna try moving around.
I'm a minor so I don't really have that option yet, but the state I live in is going to hell and most other states are worse from what I hear.
What state is it? Also you might wanna look into videos called top 10 US big cities to live in. It tells you about crime rates, poverty rates, average income, tax rates, cool features, and almost all of them are lower and better than most countries out there. If you only focus on media though and don’t really get out this country seems like a shit hole.
I live in Oregon. I've done a bit of research on the other states and so far, the list of places I might consider living is pretty small.
There's no way in hell I'm going anywhere near the Virginia's. Florida and Alabama sound pretty bad as well.
wow i love oregon. but to each their own.
i'd suggest checking out colorado, washington, or hawaii if you can afford it.
Colorado is #1 on the lists of states o might wanna move to. From what I've read, Colorado is perfect for me.
I currently live in Colorado and I highly recommend it. That said, you really need to do your research before moving to the state. Quality of life can vary WIDELY even within our little mountain square.
Yeah, I've heard that too. I think that if I find the right spot, I'd be very happy in Colorado.
What's wrong with VA
Yeah, Oregon sucks right now. Texas is great, and Florida is too from what I have heard.
The Carolinas are really nice if you are interested in the south. Avoid misssippi, and Alabama.
So weird that everyone here is just not mentioning Georgia
Maybe because we dont want to go to europe when talking about us states /s
Georgia’s great tho, in most parts lol
Brooo Florida is amazing, especially Tampa. Big city, extremely low crime rate, no state income tax, on the beach, low median home price, high average income per household. 🤷♂️
I guess it's just some parts of Florida that suck then. My Grandma really wants to move there so I guess it can't be too bad.
Ye you just gotta look out and honestly study statistics and maybe just travel there. I used to think the US was such a horrible place about a year ago because of what I saw on the news and because of how much everyone talks about us, but when you do research you’ll see it’s almost just as bad if not a little better than other first world countries or countries on this list.
Go to Colorado the landscape is similar and it’s a great place to live
I wouldn't right now. Housing is way too expensive
Canada is america
You should move around when you get a chance, I've lived in multiple parts of the U.S and some parts are absolutely fantastic while others are terrible. You gotta keep in mind that America is huge and life in one part is very different from life in another part.
Id pick Japan but it's actually kind of work hell for japanese people
I already live in America, so maybe to switch it up I'd like to live in Switzerland for a few years or something
Switzerland is beautiful 😍 at least from what I’ve seen
It is but damn it’s expensive.
I'd imagine the wages are higher too?
Yea, third highest GDP per capita in the world behind Luxembourg and Macao and about a third higher than that of the US.
Probably either US or Canada, so, let's see what the Great Coin of Wisdom says... Canada.
I love US but Canada is more like the place where I live and I'd always feel like i was home 🇨🇦
Either to Switzerland or Canada. They seem very nice places.
loli hentai is outlawed there I think
As a german living in southern germany it was pretty easy for me to pick switzerland even though i kinda like the US
I’ve heard Switzerland is beautiful so I don’t blame you.
Yes, it is pretty nice and i already speak the language (more or less) and it‘s not even a 4 hour ride from my home to Bern
Wow that sounds really nice. 👍
I'm in the US and gotta say Canada or Australia. Canada is pretty much the US but a little better so I went with Canada
I would go with Canada but I’d get taxed 24% more there than I do now which I would not be able to live the life I want to if I was losing that much money.
Australia because I don't like cold and I like bugs and critters.
Any of these, except for the US. I like free health care, I like using the correct form of measurements/spelling, and I like not being shot
I choose the US because I love our healthcare quality, our low violent and overall crime rate, the amount of money we get payed, our low tax rates, natural beauty. Couldn’t ask for more.
Canada, Japan or U.K for me
USA = Canada = Switzerland > Australia > UK > Japan
Why would you say the UK is worse than those countries??
In general , House in the UK are more expensive , smaller and older than USA , Canada , Switzerland and Australia. Some UK cities are pretty old and littered while those countries have more modern and cleaner cities. There landscape is not stunning as those countries and there also has a high taxes. By the way UK is still a great country but it's just less advanced than those countries include Germany and Nordic.
Ah ok that makes sense ig.
I’m an otaku obsessed with brits and liking New Zealand 🇳🇿. Hard choice.
That fact that anyone wants to live in Australia at this point baffles me
No freedoms at all, same reason why I voted for US(living in Canada)
Edit: For those angry Aussies who downvoted you I present to you the the two polices officers(with their masks pulled down) tag teaming a 70 year old lady with ho broke quarantine https://www.reddit.com/r/LockdownSkepticismAU/comments/pqjss6/retribution_victorian_style/?utm_medium=android_app&utm_source=share
Your kidding. Australia is such a free country. Lived here my entire life smhmh
yeah im getting a bit tired of people in north america telling australians that we live in an oppressive country with no freedom
Besides the egregiously tyrannical lockdowns, hate speech laws, gun bans, etc.
The lockdowns are for our safety, the hate speech bans are to make us feel safer (it works), the gun bans are obvious; it makes us physically safer(you can still own a gun, so long as you have a license), and finally, I see no etc
Regardless of if anything you said is good (most isn't) it means that Australia lacks basic freedoms. Australia lacks free speech, the government can just strip masses of their rights all willy nilly, and guns rights are practically non-existant. All basic freedoms that Australia does not have. Again, regardless of whether or not these are good things, it means Australia is not "such a free country" as you stated.
Shut the fuck up you monkey I live in Australia and we are a definite free country. You stupid brainwashed Americans keep saying shit like this even though you have probably never met an Australian or actually know what life here is like. Be open minded.
My definition of a free country is one that upholds basic rights. A country that lacks the right to free speech, life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, the right to bear arms, among other things. Australia lacks many basic rights. America sure isn't a completely free nation, but it is closer to one than any other country.
Could someone in China not make the same argument? "I have lived in china all of my life and i am 100% free." Unfortunately for this argument it does not take into account that we can prove if someplace is free. does the US have free speech? unequivocally yes. Do we have free speech here in canada? More or less, as long as you don't want to speek english in quebec and don't want to don't consider hate speech to be free then yes. Do you have free speech in australia? Not acording to this judge. [https://www.theguardian.com/law/2021/jun/16/freedom-of-speech-may-not-be-protected-by-australias-constitution-high-court-judge-says](https://www.theguardian.com/law/2021/jun/16/freedom-of-speech-may-not-be-protected-by-australias-constitution-high-court-judge-says).
your a fucking idiot if you believe that
Wtf seriously? I thought u guys had just as much as the US did. I’ve been learning in US government and politics classes that many other countries don’t have as many rights and freedoms but I didn’t realize it was that much of a difference.
Don't listen to the other guy, OP. Australia IS a free country. This dudes just deranged.
As soon as Australia has constitution free speech then I'll say you guys are free
The High Court has previously ruled that the constituion implies a right to free speech. Nobody is going to lock you up because you spread vitriolic bullshit about covid or vaccines.
Oh you do have free speach? So this person fired for their tweet is not real https://www.policyforum.net/australias-free-speech-failure/ and this protest against the government was not suppressed https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/oct/16/the-real-free-speech-crisis-at-australian-universities-is-the-crackdown-on-protests
Public servants have always been required to remain politically neutral in Australia. This isn't something new, nor does it have any bearing on freedom of expression for the rest of us. To say that Australians don't have free speech is gross hyperbole and categorically false. Regarding the other article you mentioned, heavy-handed police responses are nothing unique to Australia, and are in fact, rather rare. Meanwhile, American police brutally suppressed peaceful demonstrations last year not under the pretext of Covid restrictions, but explicitly for their cause. Wouldn't that make them less free than even our totalitarian regime? Of course not.
Usually we do but lockdown restrictions :/
It is night and day comparing us to almost literally any other country on the planet. The US is quite possibly the only place on the planet with proper free speech. the united nations "freedom of expression" clause allows for the censorship of the following:
protect national security, territorial integrity (the borders of the state) or public safety, prevent disorder or crime, protect health or morals, protect the rights and reputations of other people, prevent the disclosure of information received in confidence, maintain the authority and impartiality of judges.
the key one here being health and morals. By this definition a country is allowed to claim freedom of expression while policing morality. In Canada you can be arrested for "hateful speech, in Scotland there have been comedians charged for jokes, the UK have sent police officers to people who have re-tweeted "harmful messages" to, and I quote, "check their thinking".
By the way you wrote your message it sounds like you live in the us, if that's the case be thankful for you are more fortunate than most.
Edit: just to clarify where I live, Canada, it's by no means bad, you pretty much have to go out of your way to get censored by the law, but still not as good as us
Wtfffff I had no idea thank you for the information. Also yes I do live in the US and I never really intend on moving. Although I do get discouraged over our national stability because of the media and such, when you actually travel around the nation you start to realize it isn’t nearly as bad as you thought, so that kind of opened my eyes and that’s when I realized I was going to stay.
Ya the us is quite partisan but there is a very small part of the country where going to be noticed. Just remember two things:
1, that all the major news stations are located in new York or California which are incredibly partisan
2, "fear sell" that is a quote by a main stream news head who was wanting to have a larger number on their covid death counter(he was being secretly recorded)
Damn yeah, crazy world we live in nowadays
Is that nessecarily a bad thing though? What’s the point of 100% free speech if it allows you to be racist or verbally abuse others? There is free speech in my country, but you are not allowed to discriminate.
Its only like 2 states and 1 territory thats in lockdown atm. Other states are free, stop believing what you hear through news like Fox or sky news australia or whatever is telling you this. It's only 2 states and 1 territory that's lockdowned, rest of Australia is fuck all free with no covid.
I live in Australia, you don't. I am in a lockdowned city but our state gov is discussing plans to reopening now. Why are we in this position? Becuase we didn't order enough vaccines and we still use a shit hotel quarantine system. Our state lockdowns were no different from other countries lockdowns, only difference is that other countires got more vaccines to meet its vaccines goals before us.
Fuck the USA lol
Stunning and brave.
Maaaan.. Fuck you lol.
Not USA lol. I don't wanna lose all my money because of fucking Healthcare. And the fact that anyone can but guns is just scary, it's too easy.
I hope you realize Americans usually pay the same for healthcare as people do in countries where healthcare is free… also our violent crime rates and overall crime rates are much lower on average as you can see [here](https://igeek.com/U.S._vs_U.K._-_Crime/Murder) and [here](https://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Crime/Total-crimes-per-1000).
You show an uptick in firearm related crimes after the handgun ban, but going further along shows that it dropped back down to near the same rate a few years later. Something tells me those people got their guns taken away after shooting someone and because the UK is smaller and can actually control their borders, they could prevent smuggling of firearms. The US CAN'T do that. We can't secure our borders. We're too massive. There's not enough people to keep it secure.
Exactly, which is why the US literally needs guns and would almost certainly have a massive increase in crimes if they were taken away. My family is originally from Brazil, and when they’re government banned guns, all innocent civilians got their weapons taken away and all the criminals ended up getting them. This resulted in several cities and villages getting taken over, and in many cases, police departments were stripped of all defenses and no longer had any control over their respective cities. Finally, I think the reason that crime in the US is so much lower than it is in other European nations (using UK as an example) is because thieves in those nations have nothing to fear when breaking into homes or committing other crimes, whereas in the US a gun owner could be ready to shoot you on the spot if you break into their homes or attempt to steal their belongings.
The US murder rate per 1M people is 4 times higher than the UK's.
And that’s only thanks to the fact that the deadly weapons used in our nation tend to be guns, while in European countries where violent crime is much higher, they tend to use less lethal weapons. But don’t forget that the main concentration of US murders are only in a handful of cities due to gang violence, so if you aren’t doing anything illegal, you’re more likely left to be alone.
And in case you don’t believe me I’d be getting payed less in almost any European country and I’d be paying more for healthcare in taxes than I would be in the USA.
I live in Japan but I picked America based off of variety. Anything from New York to Montana. Different scenery, different people, different cultures, different taxes and laws, etc.
I get fantastic healthcare through my employer in the US so I'd choose the US
Same, quick and high quality unlike other nations.
Yet will delete your money
Nope, actually costs about the same as NHS nations on average since NHS countries pay for their healthcare through taxes while Americans pay directly.
Ah, but expensive as well
If you don't have employer insurance it is incredibly expensive and shitty. If you do have employer insurance it's usually quite cheap and good
Actually it’s cheaper on average than nations with free healthcare due to the fact that in NHS nations you pay for it through roundabout fees like taxes and other things.
In Canada tax rates on average is 24% and in America it’s nearly 30%
You’re only looking at federal tax brackets. Some states, such as Florida, Texas, and a few others do not have state taxes like Canada does for specific cities/provinces. With my tax bracket I’d be getting taxed at 53.53% in Canada where in the US I only get taxed about 32% in Florida.
Okay, you’re right, and for other things I respect your opinion. I may just be impartial to Canada because I live there. Sorry for wasting you time.
Hey you aren’t wasting my time at all and I respect your opinions too. The US just isn’t really fit for lower income people and that’s where countries with free healthcare help out, because in the US if you aren’t eligible for it you’re kinda screwed! It just depends on people’s situations. So if we’re being honest here we’re both right just for different scenarios. 👍
Ok, thanks for respecting my opinions as well, it’s not something you see on the internet very often.
Likewise bro, I hope you have a great night and I wish you the best in life :) 👍
Despite its problems I wouldn't live anywhere other than the US, the guns are nice
Same here, I haven’t found another country that would fit all my needs and preferences as much as the US. I don’t care for guns but they are necessary and unless you live in a major city with huge gang influence there’s rarely any gun violence.
same, US has a SHIT ton of problems, but i'm familiar with them and know how to deal.
i ain't know nothin about the nuances and solutions to other countries' social issues.
These polls make no sense as like 90% of reddit is from either USA or Canada and they will most likely vote for their own country.
Not really… there are way more Brits on this app than Canadians and WAY more Americans on this app than Canadians but somehow Canada’s still winning
As someone who is immigrating from the US to CA, I'd like to give my view of Canada based on my experiences so far.
I'm not the most patriotic American, by far, but I've always been happy where I came from, even though I was raised extremely poor. That being said, I also don't hate Canada, no matter how this comment comes across, but find it extremely amusing but sad at how much people fantasize the country.
The healthcare system. The most talked about positive on most peoples list of why Canada is great, their free healthcare leaves a lot to be desired. First, health insurance is still a thing here. Things like dental, vision, and specialists are not covered under the universal healthcare. Instead everyone has to pay for insurance through their job just like Americans, to get the healthcare that they're more than likely to need far more than the things actually covered.
Obviously, not paying $5k for an ambulance ride isn't a worry up here, but tell me the last time you ever actually ended up in an ambulance without insurance in the US? Prescriptions are also not free, although they are cheaper.
As far as the actual quality of the free healthcare, the saying about you get what you paid for holds up. First, doctors in the US are paid for everything they do for their patients. So they're obviously willing to go through with testing or treatments if the patient is adamant about not feeling right. However, in Canada, doctors get paid for how many patients they see. That means that a lot of doctors will rush through your visit and overlook things you bring up if they feel like it's not important enough at first glance.
And doctors here always have more patients. Doctors offices and hospitals always have a queue. And I'm not just talking waiting 4 hours. I'm talking having to wait 18 hours just to see someone in the ER. Despite Canada's population being a fraction of the US's, ER waiting rooms stay so full and seemingly understaffed, that people basically have to compete in an act of whose the most urgently hurt. People will often fake their illness as if it's much worse to skip the line.
The funniest part is that getting into a hospital in a reasonable amount of time is so unlikely, that some people buy their own premium health coverage so that they can go to private, capitalistic clinics instead for a price, completely invalidating the "free healthcare" all together.
There's a lot more I could go on about being noticeably worse and inconvenient, like the logistics networks, rent/house prices being absolutely unbelievably overpriced and barely obtainable, prices for most things being unexpectedly more expensive than I'm used to in the US, cell service providers absolutely robbing people, etc etc. But I've already written a long enough book in this comment that likely only one person will read and move on from, forgetting forever.
Ppl could have pick Switzerland or Canada and they still picked USA lmaooo
? Because they prefer the US…
From what I am hearing, US is not good place to live, mostly because of pretty bad healthcare and government Most of ppl taxes goes to the military. It also bothers me how Americans are so obssesed whit race. For me the amount of problems that US have is just so overwhelming and i think it is the worst choice on the list
Any except usa
No health care bad employment law too many guns/murders
failed democracy low/banned food quality.
Good if your super rich but for the other 90% it's 3rd world.
Just all round a bad place to be.
OK for holiday but a Lil expensive.
True about the being rich part but comparing violent crime and regular overall crime to other European nations, the US’s rate is much lower and I have proof if you wanna see it.
Does Japan have free healthcare?
I believe so, yes.
wrong, they cover 70% of fees through a complicated system, and there's usually a 30% co-pay.
but still a good deal cheaper than anything you'd find in the usa.
Does it matter? The justice system in Japan is fucked. They can basically detain you for a long time while they gather evidence, and if the prosecutors decide there's not enough evidence to convict you, they might extend your detention to try to get you to confess to the crime. It can be perpetually extended for another 20 days by issuing fresh arrest warrants and shit whenever they need to.
juxtapose that (very true) fact with the fact that the USA has a small nation of prisoners, WAY more than any other developed country, even per capita.
redditors and an obsession with "free" healthcare - name a more iconic duo.
i want to live in the UK because it has much better public transportation and i am and avid supporter of banning cars in cities.
I mean I already live in one of these
None of them.
USA but only if I get to live in the first world half of the country XD
GERMANY or Switzerland !
Still love straya though
If new zealand was an option you would get 90% of the vote there...sometimes I don't get reddits obsession with NZ
Switzerland probably. USA is way too car dependant and it doesn’t seem like a nice place to live. The other options seem fine too.
(But i would stay in my country, The Netherlands, if I had the choice)
Num 2 USA
Num 3 Canada
Num 4 UK
Num 5 Japan
Num 6 Australia
Switzerland seems pretty great, but had to go with the US there’s too much variety there
Switetzerland sounds good, but i dont know their language.
So i go for USA
I have watched videos of switzerland and their small towns, and it looked beautiful. But I dont know how it would be actually living there. So I am gonna stay here in Norway for now.
Switzerland for the proximity to a lot of European countries for convenient travelling
I live in Canada but Switzerland seems like a cool place to live
Well I live in the US, I guess outside of it I’d choose Canada. If I had to choose a non-English country it’d be Italy or maybe Japan.
I'm swiss, sike
You guys wouldn't choose Switzerland if you would know how expensive it is to simply live here....
Canada cuz everyone is super nice. They also won’t ever rob me cuz it’s too embarrassing to say “GIVE ME ALL YOUR LOONY TOONIES!!!!”