Escape the U.S. Political Fiasco by Moving to These Amazing Countries

It’s hard to read the news without cringing lately. President Donald Trump endorsed an alleged child molester. North Korea may or may not nuke us soon. Sexual assault in general pervades the news cycle. If you’re looking for an escape from the U.S., good news! The United Nations recently came out with its Human Development Report, that ranks all the countries in the world. The U.N. looked at almost 200 countries in terms of life expectancy, education, gender equality, and financial wealth to create its results. So if you’re looking to get away from the dumpster fire that is the United States lately, we’ve rounded up the best escape routes.

10. For nice neighbors, head to Canada

Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

Just look at this sunset view of Morain Lake in Alberta, Canada. | MartinM303/iStock/Getty Images

Canada ties with the U.S. in education. More than half of Canadian residents graduate from college, TIME reports. Business Insider notes that Canadians in general, rank as friendlier than Americans, and both culturally and on an individual basis. Canadian workers also do pretty well. According to 2013 Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development data on minimum wages, Canada’s average take-home wage ranks ninth in the world. The U.S. came in 11th.

Next: Baby boomers might want to book a flight to the next country.

9. If you want to live longer, go to Iceland

a mountain over a plain with a small house in iceland

Come on. How gorgeous is this place? | Loic Venance /AFP/Getty Images

People in Iceland live an average of 82.7 years, and they spend that time living it up. Actual science considers it the fourth happiest country in the world, and its literacy rate is 99%. Bookworms, unite: Iceland publishes more books per capita than anywhere else and more than 95% have high-speed internet. Even the U.S. does not do that well.

Next: This crime rate makes the U.S. look pretty terrible.

8. Move to Ireland and never lock your doors again

dunluce castle on a holl overlooking the ocean in ireland

Ireland is not all gorgeous vistas and rolling hills. There’s also beer. | iStock.com

Speaking of happy people, the crime rate in Ireland stood at 1.1 per 100,000 people, according to the most recent data available. Irish Central also asked a bunch of Americans why they love the country so much. Answers included the stereotypical (but true) Irish hospitality, rolling green hills dotted with stone walls and actual castles, and cozy pubs with traditional music. Many said it already felt like home. Well, there you go.

Next: For maximum equality, look no further than this country.

7. In the Netherlands, everyone really is created equal

a canal parade travels through the netherlands

A canal parade in the Netherlands. | Bas Czerwinski/AFP/Getty Images

This country has one of the lowest rates of income inequality in the world at 12.4%. That has fallen steadily since the mid-1990’s. The country even withstood the 2008 recession, which decimated so many other economies, CBS reports. To get more bang for your buck, give the Netherlands a try.

Next: You’ll see a lot of elderly people in this country, too.

6. Singapore ranks high for life expectancy

a view of singapore over the water at night

Singapore not only enjoys a high quality of life, but beautiful cities. | Clive Mason/Getty Images

The World Health Organization ranked Singapore third in life expectancy worldwide, behind only Japan and Switzerland. Residents can look forward to living 83 years, on average. Excellent public transportation, reasonably priced and accessible travel throughout Asia, and great safety ratings also put Singapore high on the list.

Next: This next country tied with Singapore but one thing pushes it over the ledge.

5. Denmark is great for gender equality

Coulourful houses and boats can be seen in the Nyhavn district in Copenhagen

Coulourful houses and boats in the Nyhavn district in Copenhagen | Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images

Denmark tied with Singapore in the UN’s ranking. The gender gap hovers at 7.8% for full-time employees in Denmark, which sits at 17.9% in the U.S. While taxes can seem high, Denmark citizens prioritize social services and life-work balance. Free healthcare and education certainly helps, too.

Next: Speaking of free education, check this country out.

4. Germany offers free education

the berlin skyline during the day

Berlin offers a lot to expats, but so do smaller cities. | John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

As of October 2014, all universities became free for residents and international students in Germany. That means more than 96% of the population holds at least some secondary education. While cities like Munich and Frankfurt enjoy reputations as international cultural hubs, smaller cities like Dresden let residents live in quaint solitude, too. Germans also get at least 30 vacation days and 14 weeks of paid maternity leave.

Next: This country can cost you, but you get what you pay for.

3. Switzerland gets a clean bill of health

a sidewalk cafe in geneva, switzerland

We bet this sidewalk cafe in Geneva, Switzerland serves healthy food. | Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

While Switzerland carries a reputation of costing big bucks, its citizens rank as some of the healthiest worldwide. On average, people live to age 83 and see a relatively low risk for diseases like malaria, HIV, and tuberculosis. Forbes explains that Switzerland has the best healthcare in the world, with universal healthcare, excellent technology, and low wait times for care.

Next: Nerds and outdoor adventure fans alike will love this country.

2. Australians value education and fun

the australian cricket team hiking

Scenes like this, from the island of Dominica, don’t come as uncommon in Australia. | Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

Education makes up more than 5% of the national Gross Domestic Product in this country, tied with Switzerland. The U.N. also found that most students go to school for around 20 years in Australia. With more than 500 national parks and 14 world heritage sites, outdoorsy types can get their fix here, too.

Next: This place has it all, and we’re already packing our bags.

1. Norway hits all the right spots

mountains and water in norway

Norway ranks high for beauty, education, healthcare, the whole enchilada. | Tore Meek//AFP/Getty Images

For the 13th year in a row, Norway took the U.N.’s top spot in standard of living, life expectancy, and education. Thanks to the country’s excellent publicly funded healthcare system, the average life expectancy sits at a respectable 82 years. Besides, have you seen the place?

As the U.S. continues its descent into madness, we can hardly blame you for getting country FOMO. If you want a new stamp on your passport and a new start somewhere else, these are great places to start.

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