The safest country
Japan – 76.9/100
The safest nation on our list, Japan, received a score of 76.9. In contrast, the lowest-scoring nation on our list was France, with a safety score of only 44.7. Switzerland, Slovenia and Iceland are also great places to consider if safety is your primary concern.
The cheapest cost of living (before rent) country
Republic of Türkiye – AU$641.86/month
Of the countries we ranked, the Republic of Türkiye reported the cheapest cost of living. In Türkiye, the average living cost per month for a single person is estimated to be just AU$641.86 (US$427.90) before rent. This is less than one third the cost of the most expensive nation on our list – Switzerland – which has an estimated monthly living cost of AU$2429.00 (US$1619.30). It is important to note that while Türkiye has the cheapest cost of living on our list, it also has a relatively low average wage of AU$48,724.93 (US$32,482.67), the highest mortgage credit interest rate (17.79%) and suffered from inflation rates above 40% as recently as April this year.1
Highest average wage
United States of America – AU$112,108.90
The United States of America topped the charts when it came to the average wage, with workers in the nation earning AU$112,108.90 (US$74,737.85) on average. Despite this, the USA scored quite low in the cost-of-living rankings (AU$1610.58 / US$1073.70), as well as having a high mortgage credit interest rate (6.07%), meaning that wages may be stretched a little tighter here than in other nations. The USA also has a wide wage gap, with men being paid almost 17% more than women on average according to OECD data, meaning that career conscious women looking to relocate might be better off looking elsewhere.
Most attractions per 100,000 people
Iceland – 610.47
For those looking to keep entertained, the scenic and beautiful nation of Iceland tops our ranking of nations by attractions per 100,000 people. From gorgeous natural vistas, glacier hikes and geothermal pools to stunning architecture, adventure and food tours, there is no shortage of things to keep you busy while enjoying everything this island nation has to offer.
Finland – 7.8/10
If you want to join the ranks of the happiest population on our list, Finland is the place to be! The Scandinavian nation scored the highest of all the countries we looked at in the most recent World Happiness Report, with a score of 7.8/10. Finland also scored decently across the board – except for a relatively high wage gap (around 16%) – making it a fairly attractive place to live (so long as you don’t mind the cold)!
Country with the best mortgage credit interest rate
The Netherlands – 2.4%
If you are looking to buy a house, one factor you may want to consider is the average mortgage interest rate offered in the country of your choice. In this regard, The Netherlands tops our charts with an average mortgage credit interest rate of just 2.4% according to the latest available data. Closely behind The Netherlands is Luxembourg and Belgium, with average rates of 2.42% and 2.43% respectively. As previously mentioned, the Republic of Türkiye had the highest average mortgage credit interest rate on our index at an eye watering 17.79%.
Country with the lowest wage gap
Belgium – 1.17%
The gender wage gap is a measure of the percentage difference in median pay between men and women, relative to men. It is a useful metric to help understand economic inequality (but not necessarily discrimination)2 and career progression, and assess whether or not women have equal access to workplace opportunities. Of the nations we looked at, Belgium has the lowest wage gap at only 1.17%. In contrast, the Republic of Korea – the worst for wage gaps on our list – has a reported wage gap of 31.06%.