American Newsweek magazine ranks Finland as the best country to live in the whole world in its recent survey. The study compares one hundred countries based on their education, health, quality of life, economic competitiveness, and political environment. Finland is ranked as the “Best Overall" country. If you haven’t visited Finland yet, this is one good reason to consider it!
American Newsweek magazine published its first ever "Best Countries" special issue on August 16th. The magazine aims to answer a simple, yet difficult question: “if you were born today, which country would provide you the very best opportunity to live a healthy, safe, reasonably prosperous, and upwardly mobile life?” The survey compares one hundred countries and the answer is clear: Finland is the best place to be! Switzerland is ranked second and Sweden third. USA is number eleven.
The countries are compared in five categories: education, health, quality of life, economic competitiveness, and political environment. Finland is viewed as the number-one country in terms of its education system. Its quality of life comes fourth, economic competitiveness eighth, political environment fifth and health seventeenth. As it is rather difficult to compare countries with different sizes and levels of income, the magazine brakes down the list into smaller sub-groups. Here, Finland is ranked as the best small country and the best high-income country.
Especially Finland’s education system is praised in the survey. As it is well known, Finland has done remarkably well in OECD’s PISA (Program for International Student Assessment) surveys in recent years. This survey compares the education skills of 15-year-olds in various countries. In addition to its PISA success, Newsweek compliments Finland for its “laid-back and inclusive learning environment where shoes are optional, all teachers have master's degrees, and extra help is the norm: every year about one in three students gets individual time with a tutor”.
Read more on Newsweek’s website (http://www.newsweek.com/feature/2010/the-world-s-best-countries.html)
Text: Kaisa Antikainen, Embassy of Finland.