17 COUNTRIES THAT MATCH MY 24 QUALITIES OF LIFE!



America! Land of the Free! Home of the Brave!


I know, I know. We know it all too well, but do you find that those words don't translate to your every day wellness? Have you had that "I just don't feel at home here" feeling? Me too! So after many years of soul-searching, I have determined that in the long run, the United States of America just does not "do it" for me, especially as a Black American; and based on the elements that cater to my individual and family's wellness, these are the countries that look to BEST accommodate those elements (in alphabetical order) with a bonus . . . because . . . like who doesn't like a bonus (in my Cali valley girl voice)???


1. CANADA (MONTREAL)



Percentage of Population COVID-19 Deaths - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Law Enforcement Killings Per 10M People - 9.7 vs 34.8 in the U.S.

Time of Residency for Naturalization - 5 Years

Environment Performance Index - Score #20 vs #24 in the U.S.

Tuition Free College Education - No

Paid Maternity/Paternity Leave - 23 weeks at 70% of wages vs 0 weeks in the U.S.

Corruption Perception Index - Ranked at #11 vs #25 in the U.S.

Healthcare System Rankings - #30 vs #37 in the U.S.

K-12 Public School Rankings - Math/Science/Reading at 12/9/6 vs in the U.S. at 38/19/14

World Happiness Report - Ranked 9 vs the U.S. 19 for 2019

Unemployment Security - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Civilian Gun Ownership - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Human Freedom Index - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Universal Healthcare - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Reproductive Rights - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Global Peace Index - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Incarceration Rates - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Global Age Index - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Women’s Rights - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Child Care Costs - $796.19 vs the U.S. at $935.96 estimated monthly average

Homicide Rates - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Obesity Rates - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Annual Leave - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Gay Rights - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!


Bonus - Montreal has the most bike paths in North America.


2. DENMARK (COPENHAGEN)



Percentage of Population COVID-19 Deaths - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Law Enforcement Killings Per 10M People - 0.0 vs 34.8 in the U.S.

Time of Residency for Naturalization - 8 Years

Environment Performance Index - Score #1 vs #24 in the U.S.

Tuition Free College Education - Yes (EU citizens)

Paid Maternity/Paternity Leave - 20 weeks at 100% of wages vs 0 weeks in the U.S.

Corruption Perception Index - Ranked at #1 vs #25 in the U.S.

Healthcare System Rankings - #34 vs #37 in the U.S.

K-12 Public School Rankings - Math/Science/Reading at 13/26/19 vs in the U.S. at 38/19/14

World Happiness Report - Ranked 2 vs the U.S. 19 for 2019

Unemployment Security - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Civilian Gun Ownership - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Human Freedom Index - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Universal Healthcare - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Reproductive Rights - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Global Peace Index - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Incarceration Rates - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Global Age Index - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Women’s Rights - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Child Care Costs - $481.36 vs the U.S. at $935.96 estimated monthly average

Homicide Rates - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Obesity Rates - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Annual Leave - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Gay Rights - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!


Bonus - More than 50% of Danish people bike to and from work and school.


3. FINLAND (HELSINKI)



Percentage of Population COVID-19 Deaths - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Law Enforcement Killings Per 10M People - 1.8 vs 34.8 in the U.S.

Time of Residency for Naturalization - 5 Years

Environment Performance Index - Score #7 vs #24 in the U.S.

Tuition Free College Education - Yes (EU citizens)

Paid Maternity/Paternity Leave - 29 weeks at 70% of wages vs 0 weeks in the U.S.

Corruption Perception Index - Ranked at #3 vs #25 in the U.S.

Healthcare System Rankings - #31 vs #37 in the U.S.

K-12 Public School Rankings - Math/Science/Reading at 16/7/6 vs in the U.S. at 38/19/14

World Happiness Report - Ranked 1 vs the U.S. 19 for 2019

Unemployment Security - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Civilian Gun Ownership - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Human Freedom Index - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Universal Healthcare - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Reproductive Rights - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Global Peace Index - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Incarceration Rates - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Global Age Index - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Women’s Rights - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Child Care Costs - $347.33 vs the U.S. at $935.96 estimated monthly average

Homicide Rates - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Obesity Rates - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Annual Leave - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Gay Rights - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!


Bonus - Finland has nearly ended homelessness. Along with that, Finland has had the work from home culture long before the COVID-19 pandemic with their Working Hours Act in 1996, which allows for workers to not only be able to work half of the week from home, but they are allowed to adjust their work hours up to 3-hours earlier or later. This helps to accommodate childcare pick up or drop off, working out during daylight, or simply if you're a morning person.


4. FRANCE (BORDEAUX)



Percentage of Population COVID-19 Deaths - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Law Enforcement Killings Per 10M People - 3.8 vs 34.8 in the U.S.

Time of Residency for Naturalization - 5 Years

Environment Performance Index - Score #5 vs #24 in the U.S.

Tuition Free College Education - Yes (EU citizens)

Paid Maternity/Paternity Leave - 18 weeks at 70% of wages vs 0 weeks in the U.S.

Corruption Perception Index - Ranked at #23 vs #25 in the U.S.

Healthcare System Rankings - #1 vs #37 in the U.S.

K-12 Public School Rankings - Math/Science/Reading at 26/25/24 vs in the U.S. at 38/19/14

World Happiness Report - Ranked 24 vs the U.S. 19 for 2019

Unemployment Security - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Civilian Gun Ownership - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Human Freedom Index - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Universal Healthcare - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Reproductive Rights - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Global Peace Index - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Incarceration Rates - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Global Age Index - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Women’s Rights - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Child Care Costs - $766.12 vs the U.S. at $935.96 estimated monthly average

Homicide Rates - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Obesity Rates - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Annual Leave - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Gay Rights - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!


Bonus - Esplanade des Quinconces is the largest town square in Europe.


5. GERMANY (HAMBURG)



Percentage of Population COVID-19 Deaths - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Law Enforcement Killings Per 10M People - 1.3 vs 34.8 in the U.S.

Time of Residency for Naturalization - 7 Years

Environment Performance Index - Score #10 vs #24 in the U.S.

Tuition Free College Education - Yes (Any citizens and is taught in English)

Paid Maternity/Paternity Leave - 1 week at 100% of wages vs 0 weeks in the U.S.

Corruption Perception Index - Ranked at #9 vs #25 in the U.S.

Healthcare System Rankings - #25 vs #37 in the U.S.

K-12 Public School Rankings - Math/Science/Reading at 20/17/21 vs in the U.S. at 38/19/14

World Happiness Report - Ranked 17 vs the U.S. 19 for 2019

Unemployment Security - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Civilian Gun Ownership - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Human Freedom Index - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Universal Healthcare - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Reproductive Rights - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Global Peace Index - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Incarceration Rates - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Global Age Index - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Women’s Rights - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Child Care Costs - $402.51 vs the U.S. at $935.96 estimated monthly average

Homicide Rates - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Obesity Rates - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Annual Leave - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Gay Rights - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!


Bonus - Germany is the leading nation for the best recycling rate in the world at 56.1%.


6. ICELAND (REYKJAVIK)



Percentage of Population COVID-19 Deaths - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Law Enforcement Killings Per 10M People - 0.0 vs 34.8 in the U.S.

Time of Residency for Naturalization - 7 Years

Environment Performance Index - Score #17 vs #24 in the U.S.

Tuition Free College Education - Yes (All citizens, but taught in Icelandic language)

Paid Maternity/Paternity Leave - 25 weeks at 80% of wages vs 0 weeks in the U.S.

Corruption Perception Index - Ranked at #17 vs #25 in the U.S.

Healthcare System Rankings - #15 vs #37 in the U.S.

K-12 Public School Rankings - Math/Science/Reading at 27/36/36 vs in the U.S. at 38/19/14

World Happiness Report - Ranked 4 vs the U.S. 19 for 2019

Unemployment Security - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Civilian Gun Ownership - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Human Freedom Index - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Universal Healthcare - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Reproductive Rights - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Global Peace Index - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Incarceration Rates - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Global Age Index - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Women’s Rights - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Child Care Costs - $284.42 vs the U.S. at $935.96 estimated monthly average

Homicide Rates - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Obesity Rates - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Annual Leave - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Gay Rights - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!


Bonus - Hydro and geothermal energy powers more than 80% of the country.


7. IRELAND (DUBLIN)



Percentage of Population COVID-19 Deaths - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Law Enforcement Killings Per 10M People - *NR vs 34.8 in the U.S.

Time of Residency for Naturalization - 5 Years

Environment Performance Index - Score #16 vs #24 in the U.S.

Tuition Free College Education - Yes (EU citizens)

Paid Maternity/Paternity Leave - 26 weeks at 80% of wages vs 0 weeks in the U.S.

Corruption Perception Index - Ranked at #20 vs #25 in the U.S.

Healthcare System Rankings - #19 vs #37 in the U.S.

K-12 Public School Rankings - Math/Science/Reading at 21/23/8 vs in the U.S. at 38/19/14

World Happiness Report - Ranked 16 vs the U.S. 19 for 2019

Unemployment Security - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Civilian Gun Ownership - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Human Freedom Index - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Universal Healthcare - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Reproductive Rights - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Global Peace Index - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Incarceration Rates - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Global Age Index - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Women’s Rights - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Child Care Costs - $1,093.08 vs the U.S. at $935.96 estimated monthly average

Homicide Rates - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Obesity Rates - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Annual Leave - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Gay Rights - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!


Bonus - Google, Microsoft, Facebook, PayPal, Twitter, Intel, Apple and other large corporate US companies all have their EU Headquarters in Ireland.


8. ITALY (ROME)



Percentage of Population COVID-19 Deaths - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Law Enforcement Killings Per 10M People - *NR vs 34.8 in the U.S.

Time of Residency for Naturalization - 10 Years

Environment Performance Index - Score #22 vs #24 in the U.S.

Tuition Free College Education - Yes (Any citizens, but must be Italian resident)

Paid Maternity/Paternity Leave - 22 weeks at 80% of wages vs 0 weeks in the U.S.

Corruption Perception Index - Ranked at #52 vs #25 in the U.S.

Healthcare System Rankings - #2 vs #37 in the U.S.

K-12 Public School Rankings - Math/Science/Reading at 32/41/33 vs in the U.S. at 38/19/14

World Happiness Report - Ranked 36 vs the U.S. 19 for 2019

Unemployment Security - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Civilian Gun Ownership - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Human Freedom Index - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Universal Healthcare - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Reproductive Rights - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Global Peace Index - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Incarceration Rates - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Global Age Index - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Women’s Rights - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Child Care Costs - $537.72 vs the U.S. at $935.96 estimated monthly average

Homicide Rates - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Obesity Rates - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Annual Leave - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Gay Rights - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!


Bonus - Banned food ingredients in Italy (and in most of the EU) means that you can eat bread (and a lot of other foods) without doing the harm to your body as it likely does in the U.S.


9. JAPAN (FUKUOKA)



Percentage of Population COVID-19 Deaths - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Law Enforcement Killings Per 10M People - 0.2 vs 34.8 in the U.S.

Time of Residency for Naturalization - 10 Years

Environment Performance Index - Score #12 vs #24 in the U.S.

Tuition Free College Education - No

Paid Maternity/Paternity Leave - 14 weeks at 60% of wages vs 0 weeks in the U.S.

Corruption Perception Index - Ranked at #19 vs #25 in the U.S.

Healthcare System Rankings - #10 vs #37 in the U.S.

K-12 Public School Rankings - Math/Science/Reading at 6/6/16 vs in the U.S. at 38/19/14

World Happiness Report - Ranked 58 vs the U.S. 19 for 2019

Unemployment Security - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Civilian Gun Ownership - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Human Freedom Index - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Universal Healthcare - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Reproductive Rights - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Global Peace Index - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Incarceration Rates - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Global Age Index - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Women’s Rights - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Child Care Costs - $488.77 vs the U.S. at $935.96 estimated monthly average

Homicide Rates - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Obesity Rates - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Annual Leave - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Gay Rights - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!


Bonus - Japan has one of the lowest crime rates in the world. Now, no society is perfect, but to feel safe to walk or drive (especially while Black) in a country where less than 1 person (not 1 person . . . less than 1 person) is murdered for every 100,000 vs 4.8 in the U.S. would give me a little more peace of mind . . . and that's just one crime statistic.


10. THE NETHERLANDS (AMSTERDAM)



Percentage of Population COVID-19 Deaths - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Law Enforcement Killings Per 10M People - 2.3 vs 34.8 in the U.S.

Time of Residency for Naturalization - 5 Years

Environment Performance Index - Score #11 vs #24 in the U.S.

Tuition Free College Education - No

Paid Maternity/Paternity Leave - 22 weeks at 100% of wages vs 0 weeks in the U.S.

Corruption Perception Index - Ranked at #8 vs #25 in the U.S.

Healthcare System Rankings - #17 vs #37 in the U.S.

K-12 Public School Rankings - Math/Science/Reading at 6/16/27 vs in the U.S. at 38/19/14

World Happiness Report - Ranked 5 vs the U.S. 19 for 2019

Unemployment Security - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Civilian Gun Ownership - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Human Freedom Index - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Universal Healthcare - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Reproductive Rights - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Global Peace Index - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Incarceration Rates - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Global Age Index - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Women’s Rights - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Child Care Costs - $1,767.37 vs the U.S. at $935.96 estimated monthly average

Homicide Rates - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Obesity Rates - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Annual Leave - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Gay Rights - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!


Bonus - The Netherlands street infrastructure largely supports walkers and bikers, giving the ability to have one of the lowest car accident rates in the world with a road accident death rate of only 2.58 people per 100,000 vs the U.S. at 10.92 per 100,000, with half of all deaths being that of pedestrians, motorcyclists, or cyclists.


11. NEW ZEALAND (WELLINGTON)



Percentage of Population COVID-19 Deaths - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!

Law Enforcement Killings Per 10M People - 2.1 vs 34.8 in the U.S.

Time of Residency for Naturalization - 5 Years

Environment Performance Index - Score #19 vs #24 in the U.S.

Tuition Free College Education - No

Paid Maternity/Paternity Leave - 26 weeks at $585.50 per week vs 0 weeks in the U.S.

Corruption Perception Index - Ranked at #1 vs #25 in the U.S.

Healthcare System Rankings - #41 vs #37 in the U.S.

K-12 Public School Rankings - Math/Science/Reading at 28/13/12 vs in the U.S. at 38/19/14

World Happiness Report - Ranked 8 vs the U.S. 19 for 2019

Unemployment Security - Data collection is a lot! It's just me. Patience!