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Infographic: Top 6 European countries to live in


Living and working abroad is an experience that can fulfill your life on many levels, as already mentioned in the previous blog post regarding the 9 reasons why you should work abroad. Of course there is always risk involved in your decision, which is why you should evaluate where to go, before deciding on a destination.

We elected the top 6 countries in Europe based on the following 6 indicators:

  • -Average Monthly Net Salary (after tax)

Calculated by Numbeo, the biggest crowd-sourced global database and up to date (2018).

  • -Safety rate

Based on 2017 Global Peace Index (GPI) produced by Institute for Economics and Peace). The GPI uses 23 indicators to establish the peacefulness score of each country including: level of perceived criminality in society, impact of terrorism, level of violent crime, number of internal security officers and police per 100,000 people, among others.

  • -Health system

According to Euro Health Consumer Index 2017, made by Health Consumer Powerhouse. It is calculated using 47 indicators divided into 6 disciplines: patient rights & information, accessibility, outcomes, range and reach of services provided, prevention and pharmaceuticals.   

  • -Education system

Based on 2018 world ranking developed by usnews. The report covers perceptions of 80 nations.

  • -Employment rate

Eurostat Employment Statistics presents 2017 employment rates (in percentage) for people aged 20 to 64 in Europe.

  • -Overall climate

As stated by The 2018 STC Climate índex . The index takes in consideration heat, cold, rain, humidity and sunshine and measures 190 countries. It’s important to mention that it values work days and not vacation days. The authors state that temperatures above 30 °C and high humidity, for instance,  are great to go to the beach but uncomfortable for those conducting business in a suit and tie all year long.

These 6 countries were selected due to the fact that they all appear in the European top 3 ranking. This means that each country was in the top 3 ranking for at least one of the 6 indicators listed above. Moreover, another criteria used in the selection of the top 6 was the fact that these countries appear in the top 20 of all the indicators.

We want to give an honorable mention to Germany, Sweden, Finland and Czech Republic for their great ranking in the top 20. 

Text and Infographic by: Joana Correia

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