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The Netherlands ranks highest for quality of life in 2023

According to the most recent findings from Numbeo, the Netherlands ranks #1 for quality of life based on several factors including cost of living, crime rates, healthcare, commute times, and environmental pollution. Denmark and Switzerland came in second and third respectively, rounding out the top 3.

Consistently a global top performer


Numbeo is the world’s largest crowd-sourced quality of life database, combining information on housing indicators, perceived crime rates, healthcare quality, transport quality, and other statistics for countries and cities all around the globe. Their 2023 Quality of Life Index takes into account several factors including:

  • Purchasing power
  • Pollution level and climate index
  • Affordability of housing
  • Cost of living
  • Safety index
  • Quality of healthcare system
  • Traffic commute times

The Netherlands ranked #1 for overall quality of life globally, scoring High to Very High in all the above categories with the exception of pollution levels (Low), traffic commute time (Very Low), and cost of living (Moderate).

Denmark and Switzerland took the remaining top spots. The same 3 European countries were named as top performers in last year’s ranking, with Switzerland taking 1st and the Netherlands taking 3rd.

Amsterdam’s legendary work-life balance


The Netherlands is consistently ranked as a top place to live and work, with a recent study naming it as the 9th best country in the world to raise a family. As the country’s capital, Amsterdam is renowned for balancing bustling business sectors, including a thriving tech and finance scene, with high levels of connection and livability.

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