Why are Nordic European countries always ranked at the top as desirable places to live?

Question by : Why are Nordic European countries always ranked at the top as desirable places to live?
Like Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland… It always seems like if you search “Best Country to live in the world” the always pop up and it’s just kind of annoying. Why are they always ranked so high?

Best answer:

Answer by Vulcan
They can use their heads, they aren’t overpopulated, they take care of people and they aren’t a pack of racists, thugs and republican religious fanatics.

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Question by me: what consider an interview for admission in Bergen, Norway?
I have applied to do a masters degree in Bergen (got admission) and have been invited for an interview. Can anyone give me any ideas what sort of questions they might ask me?

Thanks!

Best answer:

Answer by Elisa
Well, it depends on which program this is. I assume they want to know a bit about your knowledge, expectations, and certainly motivation for your studies! You probably don’t need to worry ;) If you want more info, I guess you can enter the UIB homepage (also in English), and “search” for possible answers. Good luck anyway.

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2 comments on “Why are Nordic European countries always ranked at the top as desirable places to live?

  1. Probably because they rank high in terms of the criteria that the surveys consider. I would assume some of the criteria considered are:
    Crime
    Pollution
    Education
    Weather
    Taxes
    Jobs/Unemployment
    Scenery
    Entertainment
    Healthcare
    Cuisine
    Sanitation
    Government
    Hospitality
    Travel/Tourism
    I am sure there are others, but generally speaking, I suppose they rank high in all or most of those types of categories.

  2. Because they have capable governments that are able to pull off the Capitalist part of the economy without ending up like the US, the Socialist part without ending up like the Soviet Union, and the welfare programs without ending up like Greece.

    As all the countries elect parties rather than presidents, there is usually competent prime ministers rather than people who won on having a great smile. And with competent leadership, *everything* becomes more efficient. Honesty is also a value in the Nordics, so there is not too much exploitation of the system. So Mixed Economy actually works great there. With all the benefits and boons, people are happy. The introduction of unemployment benefits in the sixties eliminated poverty and massively reduced crime, to such a level that most Norwegian policemen leave their guns in their car, as it is simply not necessary to carry. The unions helped boost wages, so everybody earn much. So, you get paid much, there is order and law, freedom, and you can live happily from paycheck to paycheck, because you trust the government to take care of you. The system works, and people have trust in the system. Why shouldn’t people be happy? They have everything, that is why they rank so high in quality of life, human development, happiness, etc.

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