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

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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

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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

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Bonus - Finland has nearly ended homelessness.


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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Bonus - The New Zealand has the most lush nature in the world. If you want to be "one-with-nature", there is plenty to choose from.


12. NORWAY (OSLO)



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

Law Enforcement Killings Per 10M People - 1.9 vs 34.8 in the U.S.

Time of Residency for Naturalization - 7 Years

Environment Performance Index - Score #9 vs #24 in the U.S.

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

Paid Maternity/Paternity Leave - 17 weeks at 100% of wages vs 0 weeks in the U.S.

Corruption Perception Index - Ranked at #7 vs #25 in the U.S.

Healthcare System Rankings - #11 vs #37 in the U.S.

K-12 Public School Rankings - Math/Science/Reading at 19/28/20 vs in the U.S. at 38/19/14

World Happiness Report - Ranked 3 vs the U.S. 19 for 2019

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Bonus - "Allemannsretten" which translates to "freedom to roam" means that you have the right to camp anywhere so long as you give 150 meters or 500 feet of space to the nearest camper or house. So for you #minimalists, #mobilehome, #tinyhouse, and #vanlife dwellers, enjoy!


13. PORTUGAL (PORTO)



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

Law Enforcement Killings Per 10M People - 1.0 vs 34.8 in the U.S.

Time of Residency for Naturalization - 5 Years

Environment Performance Index - Score #27 vs #24 in the U.S.

Tuition Free College Education - No (Tuition is low and some is taught in English)

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

Corruption Perception Index - Ranked at #33 vs #25 in the U.S.

Healthcare System Rankings - #12 vs #37 in the U.S.

K-12 Public School Rankings - Math/Science/Reading at 29/27/25 vs in the U.S. at 38/19/14

World Happiness Report - Ranked 66 vs the U.S. 19 for 2019

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Bonus - The 2001 drug decriminalization bill resulted in HIV rates falling from 104.2 to 4.2 cases per million people, among giving treatment for drug use and not a prison sentence.


14. SOUTH KOREA (BUSAN)



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 #28 vs #24 in the U.S.

Tuition Free College Education - No

Paid Maternity/Paternity Leave - 12 weeks at 100% of wages vs 0 weeks in the U.S.

Corruption Perception Index - Ranked at #33 vs #25 in the U.S.

Healthcare System Rankings - #58 vs #37 in the U.S.

K-12 Public School Rankings - Math/Science/Reading at 7/8/9 vs in the U.S. at 38/19/14

World Happiness Report - Ranked 54 vs the U.S. 19 for 2019

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Bonus - The entertainment industry is one of the largest in the world. If you don't know the movies Parasite or Train To Busan, you are really missing out!


15. SPAIN (BARCELONA)



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 #14 vs #24 in the U.S.

Tuition Free College Education - No (Tuition is low cost and some is taught in English)

Paid Maternity/Paternity Leave - 32 weeks at 100% of wages vs 0 weeks in the U.S.

Corruption Perception Index - Ranked at #32 vs #25 in the U.S.

Healthcare System Rankings - #7 vs #37 in the U.S.

K-12 Public School Rankings - Math/Science/Reading at 35/31/NR vs in the U.S. at 38/19/14

World Happiness Report - Ranked 30 vs the U.S. 19 for 2019

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Bonus - Like its next door neighbor Portugal, Spain has about 300 days of sunshine each year. If you're looking for more sunnier days literally, Spain could be the place for you.


16. SWEDEN (STOCKHOLM)



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

Law Enforcement Killings Per 10M People - 1.0 vs 34.8 in the U.S.

Time of Residency for Naturalization - 5 years

Environment Performance Index - Score #8 vs #24 in the U.S.

Tuition Free College Education - Yes (EU citizens)

Paid Maternity/Paternity Leave - 24 weeks at 80% of wages vs 0 weeks in the U.S.

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

Healthcare System Rankings - #23 vs #37 in the U.S.

K-12 Public School Rankings - Math/Science/Reading at 17/20/11 vs in the U.S. at 38/19/14

World Happiness Report - Ranked 7 vs the U.S. 19 for 2019

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Bonus - Along with the work culture of jeans being "business casual", you can save money and the environment because you can drink water from the tap at home.


17. UNITED KINGDOM (SCOTLAND)



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

Law Enforcement Killings Per 10M People - 0.5 vs 34.8 in the U.S.

Time of Residency for Naturalization - 5 Years

Environment Performance Index - Score #4 vs #24 in the U.S.

Tuition Free College Education - No

Paid Maternity/Paternity Leave - 8 weeks at 90% of wages vs 0 weeks in the U.S.

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

Healthcare System Rankings - #18 vs #37 in the U.S.

K-12 Public School Rankings - Math/Science/Reading at 18/15/15 vs in the U.S. at 38/19/14

World Happiness Report - Ranked 15 vs the U.S. 19 for 2019

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Bonus - Along with other EU nations, Scotland has proposed to end the sale of gasoline and diesel vehicles by 2032, an initiative in helping to save the planet and maybe your body by increasing walking, biking, and the use of public transportation.


SO . . . WHAT CONSTITUTES YOUR QUALITIES OF LIFE?


Now, some of you may wonder why my Black ass (in my Aunt Mae's pissed off voice) did not choose any African nations, especially as the "Year of Return" has gained much popularity with celebrities and regular Black folk alike with both good and bad experiences. I did look at the African nations that were offering easy access to the pathway of citizenship, entrepreneurship, and even home ownership, but once I took stock of my 24 elements for my quality of life and what brings me wellness, the African nations of interest were not able to meet what was important to me and my family.


And yes, I am fully aware that not all 24 elements for my quality of life will be met to a high degree because no nation is a utopia, although I truly do wish that Wakanda did exist. I've measured 55 measures for quality of life in my journey to wellness abroad, but I'm sure there's more.


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