The 10 Most Liberal Countries In The World
In recent years, the once-liberal bastions of America and Britain have caused many of their residents to jump ship following the sensational Brexit referendum and landmark Trump presidency. With this in mind, the expat website Movehub created a list of the most liberal countries on Earth for those wanting to go somewhere that, in their eyes, were less regressive.
To do this, the website carefully picked and evaluated three measures of progressive progress: the Social Progress Index, the Environmental Performance Index and the World Economic Forum's (WEF) Gender Gap report.
With valuable data into peoples' opinions on social justice as well as analyzing a whole host of socioeconomic measures by various governments, Movehub managed to come up with their own extensive measure of liberalism from around the world. Of course, it goes without saying that many of the nations in the top 10 are Scandinavian owing to their socio-democratic principles. However, many others that make the top 10 may surprise you!
Read on below as we list the nations that made it into the top 10 of Movehub's most liberal countries on Earth list.
10. United Kingdom
You may be surprised, giving our introduction, that the U.K. still makes such a list, but don't be fooled by the Brexit referendum: Britain is still very much one of the most sound and liberally democratic places on Earth. Scoring highly in a host of ranking lists, Britain still performs highly in personal rights, tolerance of minorities, and inclusion. The capital city of London, after all, is regarded as one of the world's most diverse and inclusive cities in the world.
Go a further bit up north, and the same can also be said for the likes of Birmingham, Manchester, and Leeds. Unlike America, the U.K's strict stance on racial abuse makes it a felony to racially abuse someone, which is not the case across the pond owing to the first amendment.
Britain's noisy neighbor is known for being one of the friendliest places on Earth, with affable locals across the country known for talking for hours on end. But the luck of the Irish extends far beyond their stunning coastal clifftops, bucolic countryside and charming locals.
In terms of access to higher education, Ireland always performs well. While its young people deal with unprecedented economic woes, they are still able to attend strong colleges and universities, which can often be unavailable to those from other parts of Europe owing to the sky-high costs of further education.
In various polls and surveys, Denmark often comes out on top (or thereabouts) as the happiest nation on Earth but what is it about this Northern European nation that makes its residents so content with their lives?
The happiest countries have in common a large GDP per capita, healthy life expectancy at birth and a lack of corruption in leadership, a sense of social support, freedom to make life choices and a culture of generosity. But how do you create that culture? Well, you can start by giving your citizens free and good healthcare, have a solid education system and create an ethos of shared responsibility for not only each other but the wider environment. It's little wonder then that Denmark is one of the greenest places on Earth.
Switzerland prefers to remain neutral on most things, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have its principles. Indeed, the small European nation is known for accepting a large number of immigrants for a country its size and typically performs well in a variety of rankings.
For instance, in 2016 it placed 7th in the Prosperity Index and fifth place in the Social Progress Index. The country's politicians have also stepped up action in recent years to curb to gender disparity in pay.