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25 countries offering best life and work environment

September 12, 2013 13:25 IST

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There are some countries that struggle to provide even basic services to its citizens, while there are others that have made amazing progress in all kinds of services.

Let's take a look at some nations that offer best environment for living and working.

Source: socialprogressimperative.org

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Image: Cars drive over a bridge towards central Melbourn, Australia.
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Sweden

Social progress index: 64.81 (1st)

Basic human needs: 63.61 (5th)

Foundations of wellbeing: 61.73 (3rd)

Opportunity: 69.09 (2nd)

Overall rank: 1

Sweden, which has the eighth-highest per capita income in the world, is one of the most equal countries in the globe.

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Image: A view of Stockholm, Sweden.
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United Kingdom

Social progress index: 63.41 (2nd)

Basic human needs: 62.76 (6th)

Foundations of wellbeing: 62.57 (2nd)

Opportunity: 64.91 (5th)

Overall rank: 2

United Kingdom, one of the biggest financial centres in the world, has been ranked second in providing best environment for living and work.

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Image: A view of Piccadilly Circus in central London, United Kingdom.
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Switzerland

Social progress index: 63.28 (3rd)

Basic human needs: 63.83 (4th)

Foundations of wellbeing: 62.58 (1st)

Opportunity: 63.43 (7th)

Overall rank: 3

Switzerland, one of the richest economies in the world, is a magnet for the ultra-rich.

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Image: A view of Jet d'Eau (water fountain) and Lake Leman from St-Pierre Cathedrale in Geneva, Switzerland.
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Canada

Social progress index: 62.63 (4th)

Basic human needs: 63.85 (3rd)

Foundations of wellbeing: 55.74 (11th)

Opportunity: 68.3 (4th)

Overall rank: 4

Canada, one of the wealthiest economies in the world, has a well-developed infrastructure.

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Image: A view of Montreal skyline from Mont-Royal mountain, Canada.
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Germany

Social progress index: 62.47 (5th)

Basic human needs: 64.76 (2nd)

Foundations of wellbeing: 61.42 (4th)

Opportunity: 61.24 (10th)

Overall rank: 5

Germany, one of the economic powerhouses of the world, is a major exporting nation.

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Image: A view of Frankfurt's skyline, Germany.
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United States

Social progress index: 61.56 (6th)

Basic human needs: 62.26 (7th)

Foundations of wellbeing: 52.49 (16th)

Opportunity: 69.92 (1st)

Overall rank: 6

United States, the biggest economy in the world, is a major tourist destination.

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Image: A view from the observation deck of the Empire State Building of midtown Manhattan, Rockefeller Center and Central Park in New York City, United States.
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Australia

Social progress index: 61.26 (7th)

Basic human needs: 60.67 (10th)

Foundations of wellbeing: 54.44 (15th)

Opportunity: 68.67 (3rd)

Overall rank: 7

Australia, one of the wealthiest nations in the world, is a major exporter of minerals.

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Image: A cargo ship sails under the Sydney Harbour Bridge on its way in to port June, Australia.
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Japan

Social progress index: 61.01 (8th)

Basic human needs: 66.04 (1st)

Foundations of wellbeing: 59.51 (6th)

Opportunity: 57.49 (15th)

Overall rank: 8

Japan, home to some of the biggest companies in the world, has a well-developed economy.

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Image: Skyscrapers in Tokyo's Shinjuku district frame Mt Fuji at dusk, Japan.
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France

Social progress index: 60.7 (9th)

Basic human needs: 61.04 (9th)

Foundations of wellbeing: 59.97 (5th)

Opportunity: 61.08 (11th)

Overall rank: 9

France, one of the wealthiest countries in the world, is among top 10 nations offering best work and life environment.

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Image: An aerial view shows the Notre-Dame Cathedral on the Ile de la Cite and the Seine River in Paris, France.
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Spain

Social progress index: 60.43 (10th)

Basic human needs: 58.98 (12th)

Foundations of wellbeing: 57.97 (9th)

Opportunity: 64.34 (6th)

Overall rank: 10

Spain, one of the major European economies, has a well-developed social structure.

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Image: A view of Barcelona, Spain.
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South Korea

Social progress index: 59.86 (11th)

Basic human needs: 62.16 (8th)

Foundations of wellbeing: 58.84 (8th)

Opportunity: 58.57 (12th)

Overall rank: 11

South Korea, one of the major exporters of electronic goods, is a highly developed nation.

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Image: People come out at Gangnam subway station in Seoul, South Korea.
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Costa Rica

Social progress index: 57.36 (12th)

Basic human needs: 54.75 (19th)

Foundations of wellbeing: 54.9 (13th)

Opportunity: 62.43 (8th)

Overall rank: 12

Costa Rica, home to some of the biggest companies in the world, is constantly ranked high in Human Development Index.

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Image: A sculpture called 'The cow pigeon' is displayed as part of the Cow Parade art festival in San Jose, Costa Rica.
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Poland

Social progress index: 56.92 (13th)

Basic human needs: 56.58 (16th)

Foundations of wellbeing: 56.55 (10th)

Opportunity: 57.63 (14th)

Overall rank: 13

Poland, one of the biggest economies in Europe, is a major tourist destination, especially for Europeans.

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Chile

Social progress index: 56.6 (14th)

Basic human needs: 56.61 (15th)

Foundations of wellbeing: 54.89 (14th)

Opportunity: 58.31 (13th)

Overall rank: 14

Chile, one of the most stable and prosperous nations in South America, leads in human development, competitiveness and per capita income in Latin America.

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Image: A man sits with his son while enjoying the view of the Andes Mountains Range at the San Cristobal Hill in Santiago de Chile, Chile.
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Argentina

Social progress index: 56.32 (15th)

Basic human needs: 51.84 (24th)

Foundations of wellbeing: 55.7 (12th)

Opportunity: 61.41 (9th)

Overall rank: 15

Argentina, the eighth-largest country in the world, has been ranked "very high" on Human Development Index.

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Image: Overview of Buenos Aires' 9 de Julio Avenue with the Obelisk in the background, Argentina.
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Israel

Social progress index: 54.79 (16th)

Basic human needs: 54.19 (20th)

Foundations of wellbeing: 59.16 (7th)

Opportunity: 51.03 (23rd)

Overall rank: 16

Israel, one of the most advanced economies in the world, has a well-developed social infrastructure.

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Bulgaria

Social progress index: 54.08 (17th)

Basic human needs: 58.4 (13th)

Foundations of wellbeing: 51.93 (18th)

Opportunity: 51.9 (20th)

Overall rank: 17

Bulgaria, the 14th-largest country in Europe, is one of the most developed nations in the region.

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Image: Worshippers walk around the golden-domed 'Alexander Nevski' cathedral after the Easter mass, in Sofia, Bulgaria.
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Brazil

Social progress index: 52.27 (18th)

Basic human needs: 48.24 (30th)

Foundations of wellbeing: 51.6 (20th)

Opportunity: 56.95 (16th)

Overall rank: 18

Brazil, one of the fastest growing countries in the world, is a major tourist destination.

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United Arab Emirates

Social progress index: 50.89 (19th)

Basic human needs: 60.12 (11th)

Foundations of wellbeing: 45.38 (37th)

Opportunity: 47.16 (30th)

Overall rank: 19

United Arab Emirates, which has one of the biggest reserves of oil and gas, is a highly developed economy.

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Turkey

Social progress index: 50.69 (20th)

Basic human needs: 57.8 (14th)

Foundations of wellbeing: 51.54 (21st)

Opportunity: 42.75 (33rd)

Overall rank: 20

Turkey, one of the fastest growing economies in the world, is a major trading partner of Europe.

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Colombia

Social progress index: 50.52 (21st)

Basic human needs: 45.43 (38th)

Foundations of wellbeing: 50.51 (27th)

Opportunity: 55.63 (17th)

Overall rank: 21

Colombia, which has the third-largest economy in South America, is an exporter of coffee, emeralds, textiles and industrial chemicals.

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Dominican Republic

Social progress index: 50.52 (21st)

Basic human needs: 48.2 (31st)

Foundations of wellbeing: 49.8 (28th)

Opportunity: 53.55 (18th)

Overall rank: 22

Dominican Republic, the second-largest Caribbean nation, is a major exporter of sugar and has a booming tourism industry.

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Image: A view of a street in the Colonial Zone of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
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Thailand

Social progress index: 50.28 (23rd)

Basic human needs: 54.99 (18th)

Foundations of wellbeing: 46.92 (33rd)

Opportunity: 48.93 (26th)

Overall rank: 23

Thailand, one of the fastest growing economies in the region, is a major exporter of rice and has a booming tourism industry.

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Peru

Social progress index: 50 (24th)

Basic human needs: 46.59 (33rd)

Foundations of wellbeing: 51.89 (19th)

Opportunity: 51.53 (22nd)

Overall rank: 24

Peru, which has been rated high on Human Development Index, trades mainly in agriculture, fishing and mining.

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Mexico

Social progress index: 49.73 (25th)

Basic human needs: 49.33 (29th)

Foundations of wellbeing: 50.79 (23rd)

Opportunity: 49.08 (25th)

Overall rank: 25

Mexico, the fifth-largest country in the Americas, is projected to become the seventh-largest economy in the globe by 2050.


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