Denmark replaced Sweden in the top spot this year. Denmark is also the No. 1 country to raise kids in, with flexible parental leave and an earnings-related daycare system, and it's No. 11 in the overall rankings. And there's a delightful cycling culture in Copenhagen, which isn't exactly related but makes the country seem like even more of a utopia. Notably, four of the top five best countries to live in as a woman are Nordic countries.
Canada came in sixth place, plus No. 2 for countries overall. This, along with its proximity to the US, makes taking a lifelong trip up north sound more appealing than ever. While Canada and all those Nordic countries sound like calm, sensible places to live, some folks prefer adventure along with their income equality. If that's you, you'll be relieved to know that both Australia and New Zealand came in at No. 8 and No. 9, respectively.