If you’re looking to get away from it all, here is some hopefully useful information. If you’re primarily English-speaking (maybe looking to move permanently), here’s a list of countries (whose primary language is NOT English) ranked by ef.com for their English skills. The top 12 are…


  1. Netherlands
  2. Denmark
  3. Finland
  4. Sweden
  5. Norway
  6. Austria
  7. Portugal
  8. Germany
  9. Belgium
  10. Singapore
  11. Luxembourg
  12. South Africa

All countries whose official language is English


If you’d rather avoid Corruption (might not include presidential elections), here’s this from tradingeconomics.com of the top 10 (from good to bad)…

  1. Denmark
  2. New Zealand
  3. Finland
  4. Singapore
  5. Sweden
  6. Switzerland
  7. Norway
  8. Netherlands
  9. Germany
  10. Luxembourg

Ranked by Internet Speeds (as of March 2017, on tradingeconomics.com), the top 15 are…

  1. South Korea
  2. Norway
  3. Sweden
  4. Hong Kong
  5. Switzerland
  6. Finland
  7. Singapore
  8. Japan
  9. Denmark
  10. Monaco
  11. United States
  12. Netherlands
  13. Romania
  14. Czech Republic
  15. United Kingdom

Ranked by Crime Rate (on numbeo.com), the bottom 15 (1 being worst) are…

  1. Venezuela
  2. Papua New Guinea
  3. South Africa
  4. Afghanistan
  5. Honduras
  6. Trinidad And Tobago
  7. Brazil
  8. Guyana
  9. El Salvador
  10. Syria
  11. Jamaica
  12. Namibia
  13. Angola
  14. Peru
  15. Puerto Rico

…and (on numbeo.com) the best 20 for Crime (though totalitarian regimes tend to rank highly) are as follows:

  1. Qatar
  2. Taiwan
  3. United Arab Emirates
  4. Georgia
  5. Oman
  6. Hong Kong
  7. Slovenia
  8. Isle Of Man
  9. Switzerland
  10. Japan
  11. Rwanda
  12. Armenia
  13. Estonia
  14. Iceland
  15. Austria
  16. Croatia
  17. Belarus
  18. Czech Republic
  19. Finland
  20. Denmark

Last but not least, these are the European countries not in EU (yet)

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belarus
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Georgia
  • Iceland
  • Kosovo
  • Liechtenstein
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • North Macedonia
  • Norway
  • Russia
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom
  • Vatican City
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