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"Canada ranked #1 country in the world for Quality of Life"
« on: February 03, 2019, 11:49:15 AM »
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Canada ranked #1 country in the world for Quality of Life

As we told you earlier, Canada has been named the third best country in the world.

Well, we’ve also been named as the #1 country in the world in 2019 for Quality of Life for the fourth year in a row.

Overall, Canada also ranked as the third best country in the world for women, third for education, and second for corporate headquarters.

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Canada beat out Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Switzerland, and Finland, which all finished in the Quality of Life top five.

According to the study, Canada placed number one for its political stability, strong job market, safe environment, and its good education system.

Congratulations, Canada!

I think Canada is a very likeable country, I certainly like it very much. If an alien spaceship arrived, and asked me to point to a society, past or present, that represents the best society that humanity has to offer, it might very well be that I would pick Canada. I have not 100% made up my mind on that question.

I think I only dislike two things about Canada:

1. It retains the British monarchy (this is certainly a very minor issue).

2. It is as freaking cold as here, if not worse.
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Re: "Canada ranked #1 country in the world for Quality of Life"
« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2019, 01:03:15 PM »
Did the article mess up the link to the Quality of Life ranking? Because it seems to link to the "best countries" ranking instead. I can't find the ranking that has Canada on top.

I was looking at the discrepancies from the 2018 HDI, and noticed Iceland isn't even among the top 20, so I wonder if they were part of the ranking.

Edit: They're not; https://www.usnews.com/news/best-countries/quality-of-life-rankings

Noting that the article said 6 countries finished in the top 5.
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Re: "Canada ranked #1 country in the world for Quality of Life"
« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2019, 02:52:11 PM »
I love Canada. When I lived in North Dakota and was protesting against the 300 Minuteman nuclear-armed misiles then in the state (since reduced to 150 after Senator Quentin Burdick died and the state no longer had enough political clout to keep two missile wings) I always breathed a sigh of relief when I crossed into Canada on my way to visit Winnipeg, as there are no nuclear weapons there. Then I started hiking in British Columbia, which is the most spectacularly beautiful place I’ve ever seen. And the people are friendly. I will miss Canada now that I’m living too far away to visit easily, and have become too skittish to continue my hiking.

Canada is a wonderful country and I’m not surprised it won the Best Quality of Life award.

Had things worked out just a little differently I could have ended up moving to Canada and becoming a citizen there. I managed to dodge the draft (Vietnam era) but had I been unable to, I’d have gone to Canada.
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Re: "Canada ranked #1 country in the world for Quality of Life"
« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2019, 04:14:59 PM »
As ranked by U.S. News and World Report.

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Re: "Canada ranked #1 country in the world for Quality of Life"
« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2019, 01:47:44 AM »
The snow and cold is a deal killer though  ;) and similar for the next 5 countries on that list

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Here are the 20 best countries for Quality of Life in 2019

1. Canada
2. Sweden
3. Denmark
4. Norway
5. Switzerland
6. Finland
7. Australia
8. Netherlands
9. New Zealand
10. Germany
11. Belgium
12. UK
13. Japan
14. Luxembourg
15. Ireland
16. France
17. USA
18. Singapore
19. Portugal
20. China

Australia might be only 7th, but we have better weather (Most of the time)  8)

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Re: "Canada ranked #1 country in the world for Quality of Life"
« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2019, 07:21:08 AM »
I lived in Luxembourg for 3 months and it was probably the worst place I've ever lived in, including a South Sudanese peacekeeper camp.

It is mind-numbingly boring, obscenely wealthy and generally awful in every way, if you actually want to live a life.

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Re: "Canada ranked #1 country in the world for Quality of Life"
« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2019, 07:45:16 AM »
if I had the money would love to spend more time in Canada. I've thought about moving there but don't want to deal with the winters. I would like to summer there though.

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Re: "Canada ranked #1 country in the world for Quality of Life"
« Reply #7 on: February 04, 2019, 10:12:51 AM »
Much of that only applies to certain regions or classes. The U.S. has an outstanding quality of life if you have enough money. And some parts of it have excellent weather, such as where I am now. British Columbia, as previously noted, is the most spectacularly beautiful place I’ve ever seen, and the weather is lovely, for two months of the year.

Your choice of the best country to live in will depend largely on how much money you have. And the country with the best weather will depend on how much freedom you have to choose your location within that country. The U.S. is a mean, self-centered, racist, violent, and xenophobic country, but there are few* places where someone with money can live a safer, more comfortable life, or get better medical care.

* Note that I didn’t say no places, just that there aren’t many.
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Re: "Canada ranked #1 country in the world for Quality of Life"
« Reply #8 on: February 04, 2019, 10:44:15 AM »
I have no idea how the Canadian government worked, so I looked it up:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Government_of_Canada

I still have no idea how the Canadian government works.
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Re: "Canada ranked #1 country in the world for Quality of Life"
« Reply #9 on: February 04, 2019, 11:04:42 AM »
I have no idea how the Canadian government worked, so I looked it up:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Government_of_Canada

I still have no idea how the Canadian government works.

Like most democratic governments, the answer is "just barely". Personally I am quite happy with this. When governments get good act acting swiftly we can have awful outcome really fast.
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Re: "Canada ranked #1 country in the world for Quality of Life"
« Reply #10 on: February 04, 2019, 11:09:03 AM »
Taxes go in, services come out.
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« Reply #11 on: February 04, 2019, 11:16:48 AM »
Taxes go in, services come out.

So, like, how socialist is it compared to other countries?
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Re: "Canada ranked #1 country in the world for Quality of Life"
« Reply #12 on: February 04, 2019, 11:25:38 AM »
Taxes go in, services come out.

So, like, how socialist is it compared to other countries?

Haha, about the normal amount compared to any rich western country, with the notable exception of one neighbour.
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Re: "Canada ranked #1 country in the world for Quality of Life"
« Reply #13 on: February 04, 2019, 11:54:53 AM »
Taxes go in, services come out.

So, like, how socialist is it compared to other countries?

Haha, about the normal amount compared to any rich western country, with the notable exception of one neighbour.

To the right of Nordic and Scandinavian countries in many ways - likely due to the influence of that far-right neighbour. Much more multicultural, of course.
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Re: "Canada ranked #1 country in the world for Quality of Life"
« Reply #14 on: February 04, 2019, 12:14:58 PM »
I have no idea how the Canadian government worked, so I looked it up:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Government_of_Canada

I still have no idea how the Canadian government works.

Like most democratic governments, the answer is "just barely". Personally I am quite happy with this. When governments get good act acting swiftly we can have awful outcome really fast.
Some of Frank Herbert's lesser known works involve this idea, there's a bureau of Sabotage dedicated in ensuring government doesn't get too efficient.