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Considering moving abroad and living as an extradite? Consider the following destinations that were chosen by the Telegraph as the happiest places to in. This infographic is a part of MoneyTransferCompaison Expat Lifestyle Magazine.

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Living in One of the World’s Happiest Countries

The World Happiness Report is released annually by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network. Below are the 10 happiest countries to live in, but why are people so happy there? And are there disadvantages to living in them?

1. Switzerland

Advantages:
1. Housing standards are particularly high
2. Excellent public education system (with many international schools for expats)
3. It is very clean and everything works

Disadvantages
1. Difficulty finding accommodation due to high prices and strict rules
2. High cost of living and difficult (for expats) job market. Difficult to naturalize.
3. Stricter rules than many other Western countries

2. Iceland

Advantages:
1. Incredible natural beauty
2. No stifling summer days and mild winters
3. Sexually liberated and accepting

Disadvantages
1. 20 hour nights in December (and vice versa in June)
2. No easy access to any other nation
3. Very high cost of living

3. Denmark

Advantages:
1. Excellent and free university tuition
2. Almost no crime means high sense of security
3. They have a forest school system

Disadvantages
1. Some of the highest taxes in the world
2. Very high cost of living
3. A long, wet winter, which can bring on seasonal depression

4. Norway

Advantages:
1. Active lifestyle in the beautiful and clean outdoors
2. A 7.5 hour working day
3. Free, high quality university education

Disadvantages
1. 25% sales tax one of highest in world
2. Rain and wind, and dismal winter temperatures
3. Very high cost of living

5. Canada

Advantages:
1. Large with a diversity of places to live
2. Extensive government support (health care, welfare, etc.)
3. A strong employment market

Disadvantages
1. A freezing 6 month winter
2. Very high taxes
3. Government coddling might stifle some

6. Finland

Advantages:
1. Free healthcare and education
2. Low crime rates
3. Very little economic inequality

Disadvantages
1. High cost of living
2. Long nights and short, dark days in winter
3. A lot of alcoholism (people drunk in the streets)

7. Netherlands

Advantages:
1. Great social environment
2. A cycling culture means no traffic woes and an active lifestyle
3. Thirty hour work weeks

Disadvantages
1. Traffic jams and public transport cancellations
2. Expensive healthcare
3. Unpredictable weather

8. Sweden

Advantages:
1. High standards of living
2. Free, high quality education
3. Great government benefits (healthcare, welfare, etc.)

Disadvantages
1. Institutionalised racism has been documented
2. Almost no diversity
3. Difficulty finding a home

9. New Zealand

Advantages:
1. Incredible, diverse scenery (think Lord of the Rings)
2. Very low levels of corruption
3. Easy-going lifestyle

Disadvantages
1. Limited career opportunities
2. Distance from other countries
3. Everything is expensive

10. Australia

Advantages:
1. High minimum wage and great standard of living
2. Some of the most beautiful beaches in the world
3. Abundant housing opportunities

Disadvantages
1. High costs of private schools
2. Expensive health insurance
3. Very tight political control

 

Tip: Send money to Canada, Australia, Switzerland or any other country from the list using our moving money abroad guide.

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