The World at a Glance: Country Sorter

The world is a huge place and no one knows everything about it.  Wouldn’t it be great if we could get the big picture of a country and its general place in the world at a glance?  Something to take us out of our biases.  For instance, whenever I think about Eastern Europe I imagine it cold, in gray scale.  When the truth is Eastern Europe is thriving, they are moving on up, high quality of life, low cost of living.

I guess I can blame movies for that.

eastern europe misconceptions country dystopia utopia

I plan to live abroad, I also love to travel.  Are you in this group with me?

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Experiencing new things is one of the favorite parts of my life and frankly, I have never been too attached to American culture. One of my biggest problems with it is the lack of peace. We are constantly at war and we seem to have a shaky definition of what is considered good. Other than that there are a lot of good things to be said about the United States, including the immense variety it holds.

An amazing index that shows you what I mean by this and a comparison to other countries is located here:

Global Peace Index: http://visionofhumanity.org/

threat of force, violence, peace

I have spent hours pouring over that site. I love it. To me, it is one of the most important measures of a country. However, when evaluating where I want to go in the world, I don’t want to base it on just this. There are so many other things to look at in a country. They may be peaceful, but are they happy? Do they enjoy freedoms? Places where the United States does very well.

Well, there are rankings for that as well.

World Happiness Report: http://worldhappiness.report/
Human Freedom Index: https://www.cato.org/human-freedom-index

Clearly, there are some winners across many ranks, those Scandinavian countries are sure doing something right. But what if I want to live somewhere on a warm beach, that is also peaceful, happy and free?

Climate needs to count too when deciding where to live! I could never make it through a Scandinavian winter, I was born in the desert. Unless you have lived or visited there knowing all the different microclimates can be very hard in some countries. Thank goodness climate maps exist so we know what to expect.

Not to mention most of those “best of” countries are expensive to live in!

Cost of living needs to be taken into account. Norway may be the happiest country in the world on average, but if I have a set budget, I may be happier going to Chile who has a strong showing in all categories but is not the top.  Beans and rice (Bread and cheese??) Norway may be less enjoyable for me than eating in restaurants and less worry about money in Chile.

Numbeo: https://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/rankings_by_country.jsp

That is a lot of data!  That is four rather large databases.

Then what about change? If I am going to put roots down in a place I want to know they are moving up in the world and are not deteriorating. Nicaragua may still have things it is struggling with, but this last year it had the biggest positive change in happiness of any country! I would like to weigh these things into my decision as well.

Now short of having a ton of tabs open on your browser, googling, and having a really good memory I could not find an easy way to compare all this data together.

So I made one.

You will need to access it on Excel as it is massive and simply too big for my website format.  It is still a work in progress after a week of working on it. Please contact me if you see any errors.

But here it is for your sorting pleasure:

Again, I would like to throw out some links to where this data comes from. I have purposefully not included explanations of everything the numbers represent so you will go check them out.  It is also not all the data they have. They are amazing!

Global Peace Index: http://visionofhumanity.org/
Numbeo: https://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/rankings_by_country.jsp
World Happiness Report: http://worldhappiness.report/
Human Freedom Index: https://www.cato.org/human-freedom-index

And of course the stuff I pulled from Wikipedia:
Wikipedia Koppen Climate Map Explanation: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K%C3%B6ppen_climate_classification

Excel Chart of all the Country Data Combined!

Click Here!!!

Countries at a glance comparison happiness peace freedom cost of living

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