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25 best countries for workers

October 03, 2013 12:49 IST

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There are some countries that look out for their workers, whether it's salaries, compensation or health care.

Let's take a look at some of the best nations for employees.

Source: Bloomberg Visual Data

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Image: A view of Zurich, Switzerland.
Photographs: Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

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Ireland

Annual salaries: $49,568

Compensation (percentage of expense): 25.2 per cent

Out-of-pocket spending on health care: $548

Total score (out of 100): 74.6

Overall rank: 1

Ireland, which was hit badly by the 2008 global economic crisis, offers high standard of living, good wages and excellent infrastructure.

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Image: A cyclist rides past the Coffee To Get Her restaurant near Dublin city centre which becomes a bar and club in the evenings, Ireland.
Photographs: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters
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France

Annual salaries: $45,181

Compensation (percentage of expense): 21.3 per cent

Out-of-pocket spending on health care: $276

Total score (out of 100): 71.4

Overall rank: 2

France, one of the richest countries in the world, offers high standard of living, good wages and excellent infrastructure.

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Image: An aerial view shows the Sacre Coeur Basilica and rooftops of residential buildings on Montmartre in Paris, France.
Photographs: Charles Platiau/Reuters
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Iceland

Annual salaries: $44,974

Compensation (percentage of expense): 25.9 per cent

Out-of-pocket spending on health care: $587

Total score (out of 100): 71.0

Overall rank: 3

Iceland, which was hit badly by the 2008 global economic crisis, is witnessing a recovery in business.

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Image: Children skate on the ice of the frozen Tjoernin lake in central Reykjavik, Iceland.
Photographs: Stoyan Nenov/Reuters
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Denmark

Annual salaries: $77,258

Compensation (percentage of expense): 13.4 per cent

Out-of-pocket spending on health care: $541

Total score (out of 100): 70.1

Overall rank: 4

Denmark, one of the wealthiest countries in the world, offers one of the highest salaries in the globe.

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Image: A man fishes near the Oresund bridge, which links the city of Malmo in Sweden to Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, and has a total length of 7,845 metres.
Photographs: Radu Sigheti/Reuters
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Luxembourg

Annual salaries: $64,860

Compensation (percentage of expense): 16.2 per cent

Out-of-pocket spending on health care: $529

Total score (out of 100): 70.0

Overall rank: 5

Luxembourg, one of the richest nations in the world, attracts some of the wealthiest investors in the globe.

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Image: A view of Luxembourg City, Luxembourg.
Photographs: Laurent Dubrule/Reuters

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Norway

Annual salaries: $65,729

Compensation (percentage of expense): 16.6 per cent

Out-of-pocket spending on health care: $752

Total score (out of 100): 69.4

Overall rank: 6

Norway, which has some of the biggest oil and gas reserves in the world, has excellent infrastructure, high standard of living and open society.

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Image: Royal Palace at the end of Karl Johans Gate in Oslo, Norway.
Photographs: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters
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The United States

Annual salaries: $38,532

Compensation (percentage of expense): 12.2 per cent

Out-of-pocket spending on health care: $984

Total score (out of 100): 68.3

Overall rank: 7

The United States, the biggest economy in the world, has excellent infrastructure, high standard of living and an open economy.

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Image: A woman walks along Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, California, United States.
Photographs: Fred Prouser/Reuters

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New Zealand

Annual salaries: $28,184

Compensation (percentage of expense): 25.4 per cent

Out-of-pocket spending on health care: $309

Total score (out of 100): 68.0

Overall rank: 8

New Zealand, one of the richest economies in the world, is a major exporter of dairy products and a big tourist destination.

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Image: A view of Auckland City from atop the Sky Tower in New Zealand.
Photographs: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

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United Kingdom

Annual salaries: $43,367

Compensation (percentage of expense): 14.6 per cent

Out-of-pocket spending on health care: $347

Total score (out of 100): 67.2

Overall rank: 9

United Kingdom, one of the biggest financial centres in the world, offers high standard of living, excellent infrastructure and good wages.

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Image: People sit in the sunshine on Primrose Hill in north London, United Kingdom.
Photographs: Paul Hackett/Reuters

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Israel

Annual salaries: $22,738

Compensation (percentage of expense): 24.0 per cent

Out-of-pocket spending on health care: $592

Total score (out of 100): 65.7

Overall rank: 10

Israel, one of the biggest technology hubs in the world, offers high standard of living, excellent infrastructure and good health care.

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Image: Israelis sit in a cafe in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Photographs: Baz Ratner/Reuters
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Canada

Annual salaries: $37,438

Compensation (percentage of expense): 12.2 per cent

Out-of-pocket spending on health care: $618

Total score (out of 100): 64.6

Overall rank: 11

Canada, one of the richest economies in the world, offers high standard of living, excellent infrastructure and good wages.

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Image: A reporter leans over the edge of the catwalk during the media preview of the 'EdgeWalk' on the CN Tower in Toronto, Canada.
Photographs: Mark Blinch/Reuters
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Estonia

Annual salaries: $12,129

Compensation (percentage of expense): 21.3 per cent

Out-of-pocket spending on health care: $274

Total score (out of 100): 63.7

Overall rank: 12

Estonia, which has a GDP of $28.44 billion, has an unemployment rate of less than 9 per cent.

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Image: View of Estonia's capital Tallinn.
Photographs: Ints Kalnins/Reuters
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Finland

Annual salaries: $46,235

Compensation (percentage of expense): 10.1 per cent

Out-of-pocket spending on health care: $606

Total score (out of 100): 61.8

Overall rank: 13

Finland, one of the richest economies in the world, has an unemployment rate of less than 8 per cent.

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Image: Tourists take part in the reindeer safari at Arctic Circle near Rovaniemi, northern Finland.
Photographs: Kacper Pempel/Reuters
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Australia

Annual salaries: $39,044

Compensation (percentage of expense): 10.2 per cent

Out-of-pocket spending on health care: $633

Total score (out of 100): 60.1

Overall rank: 14

Australia, one of the richest economies in the world, is a major exporter of minerals.

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Image: An outdoor shopping mall in Melbourne, Australia.
Photographs: Mick Tsikas/Reuters
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Belgium

Annual salaries: $43,848

Compensation (percentage of expense): 6.7 per cent

Out-of-pocket spending on health care: $732

Total score (out of 100): 57.5

Overall rank: 15

Belgium, which has a GDP of $419.6 billion, is a major exporter of dairy products.

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Image: People rest in the Parc du Cinquantenaire in Brussels, Belgium.
Photographs: Sebastien Pirlet/Reuters
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Austria

Annual salaries: $38,420

Compensation (percentage of expense): 13.2 per cent

Out-of-pocket spending on health care: $639

Total score (out of 100): 56.0

Overall rank: 16

Austria, which has a GDP of $395.5 billion, is one of the richest economies in the world.

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Image: People enjoy the evening at Donaukanal in the centre of Vienna, Austria.
Photographs: Herwig Prammer/Reuters
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Turkey

Annual salaries: $14,710

Compensation (percentage of expense): 24.1 per cent

Out-of-pocket spending on health care: $155

Total score (out of 100): 55.2

Overall rank: 17

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

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Image: A view of financial district in Istanbul, Turkey.
Photographs: Murad Sezer/Reuters

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South Korea

Annual salaries: $28,816

Compensation (percentage of expense): 10.7 per cent

Out-of-pocket spending on health care: $631

Total score (out of 100): 55.0

Overall rank: 18

South Korea, one of the biggest economies in the world, is a major exporter of automobiles and electronics.

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Image: A subway in Seoul, South Korea.
Photographs: Lee Jae-Won/Reuters

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Japan

Annual salaries: $36,701

Compensation (percentage of expense): N/A

Out-of-pocket spending on health care: $440

Total score (out of 100): 54.8

Overall rank: 19

Japan, one of the biggest economies in the world, is a major exporter of electronics.

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Image: Pedestrians walk across a zebra crossing in Tokyo, Japan.
Photographs: Stringer/Reuters
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Sweden

Annual salaries: $45,269

Compensation (percentage of expense): N/A per cent

Out-of-pocket spending on health care: $591

Total score (out of 100): 54.3

Overall rank: 20

Sweden, one of the richest economies in the world, offers high standard of living, excellent infrastructure and good health care.

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Image: A view of Stockholm, Sweden.
Photographs: Ints Kalnins/Reuters
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Chile

Annual salaries: $7,555

Compensation (percentage of expense): 20.6 per cent

Out-of-pocket spending on health care: $377

Total score (out of 100): 54.2

Overall rank: 21

Chile, which has a GDP of $268.314 billion, has less than 7 per cent unemployment rate.

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Image: A view of Santiago City, Chile.
Photographs: Victor Ruiz Caballero/Reuters
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Italy

Annual salaries: $33,952

Compensation (percentage of expense): 15.5 per cent

Out-of-pocket spending on health care: $544

Total score (out of 100): 54.1

Overall rank: 22

Italy, which has a GDP of $2.01 trillion, has high standard of living, excellent infrastructure and high wages.

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Image: An aerial view of St Peter's Square in Rome, Italy.
Photographs: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters
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Portugal

Annual salaries: $16,290

Compensation (percentage of expense): 25.3 per cent

Out-of-pocket spending on health care: $664

Total score (out of 100): 53.8

Overall rank: 23

Portugal, which has a GDP of $245 billion, has high standard of living, excellent infrastructure and high wages.

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Image: A subway passenger watches the arrival of a train in front of marble statues of traditional figures in Lisbon, Portugal.
Photographs: Jose Manuel/Reuters
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Spain

Annual salaries: $29,694

Compensation (percentage of expense): 8.8 per cent

Out-of-pocket spending on health care: $570

Total score (out of 100): 53.7

Overall rank: 24

Spain, which has a GDP of $1.340 trillion, has an unemployment rate of less than 27 per cent.

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Image: A view of Barcelona, Spain.
Photographs: Albert Gea/Reuters
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Switzerland

Annual salaries: $69,772

Compensation (percentage of expense): 6.8 per cent

Out-of-pocket spending on health care: $1,345

Total score (out of 100): 53.7

Overall rank: 25

Switzerland, which has a GDP of $362.4 billion, has an unemployment rate of less than 3 per cent.


Image: Zurich's main shopping street Bahnhofstrasse in Switzerland.
Photographs: Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

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