The wealth and success of a country depends on policies that create the potential for a better life. People ultimately lead the effort and write their story that shapes the right environment and prospects for a life full of dignity for all. It is easy to understand today that it is not enough for us to be well, but for our fellow human beings to be able to live comfortably.
The studies and reports that are done to understand which are the best countries in recent years, try to examine the value of a nation beyond the harsh economic measurements.
The recent reports and rankings of the 2019 Best Countries deal more with quality features that have the potential to positively impact trade, travel, investment and national economies. The recent report covers the perceptions of 80 countries.
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Wide access to food, tolerable housing, quality education and health care are the basic and essential preconditions of a modern developed welfare state.
The quality of life, however, includes many other intangible quality elements that make a big difference, such as the security of good and easily accessible paid work, financial stability, the friendly work-family relationship, income equality for all, political stability, social security, individual freedom, environmental quality and a well-developed public education system.
“What social scientists agree is that the wealth of material goods is not the most important factor in evaluating a good life.”
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), quality of life is defined as “the individual’s perception of his place in life in the context of the culture and value systems in which he lives and in relation to his goals.”
According to the following report, the countries that have the best quality of life, as we understand most people in these countries “have a good time”, are the following:
8) The Netherlands
9) New Zealand
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The overall ranking (where more indicators are taken into account) of the Best Country with the same report is:
Switzerland, Japan, Canada, Germany, England, Sweden, Australia.
Let us mention here the Human Development Index (HDI) of the United Nations, which has different indicators and results from the above report
The Human Development Index (HDI) is a measure of life expectancy, literacy, education and quality of life around the world. “Based on this Index, a country is classified as underdeveloped or developing or developed and also to measure the impact of economic policies on quality of life.”
The best countries in the world based on the Human Development Index are:
Norway, Switzerland, Australia, Ireland, Germany, Iceland, Hong Kong, Singapore, Sweden, Netherlands, Denmark, Canada
It is no coincidence that we see modern welfare states at the forefront of the report on the better quality of life, as in all other relevant reports with different indicators. It seems that we all agree which are the best countries, for everything and the best quality of life, like the Greek generals in the Persian danger, they all nominated themselves for the best leader and also all for the second best nominated Themistocles, so that everyone agrees on finally that Themistocles was the best. By the way let us mention here that without Themistocles all humanity would still be in darkness today.
It is no coincidence that modern welfare states are at the forefront of all exhibitions, but because they intervene in public life with a “Greek measure”, “when and where needed” and therefore offer the best quality of life for their citizens.
Let us remember and let us emphasize.
Economic development, based on the economic model of the Welfare State and the Liberal Parliamentary Democracy, is ultimately the only way out and there are no other alternatives today. The change and evolution has in front of it a very long course in the mode of the Welfare State and in the Liberal Parliamentary Democracy.
In comparison, the Greek way of life is much better than many other “developed” ones, which as a proof, despite the great difficulties of the last crisis, we stood up for, because the grandparents “had to help”, which other developed grandparents never have.
But in order for us to see fate in the sun and to have a better quality of life (which will be mentioned in international public exhibitions), we can be better…, we are undoubtedly worthy and we can do it if we want to, we must one day start from principle, from scratch, to rebuild our state, we all know it and admit it at least it does not work properly…., we can others are not better than us, no one will do it for us.
See more related topics in the links below.
To οικονομικό μοντέλο του Κοινωνικού Κράτους , η παρέμβαση “όταν και όπου χρειάζεται” και…
Public and private health, “the priest and the farmer” in welfare states.
The Swedish national obsession with work-life balance: A standard six-hour workday without changing wages.