With more people than ever willing to relocate to chase career aspirations, higher pay, and a better work-life balance, global workspace provider Instant Offices has analysed and scored high GDP nations based on working hours, annual leave, equality, happiness, parental leave and more to rank the best countries in the world to work and live in.
Instant Offices has analysed and scored high GDP nations based on happiness score, minimum wage, parental leave, holiday allowance, LGBTQ employment, equality index, and work-life balance to determine the best countries to live and work in globally.
The top three overall – Norway, Australia, and the Netherlands – offer high living standards, strong economies, an excellent work-life balance, robust social security systems, and inclusive, diverse work environments.
All are in the top three happiest countries globally, but each also scored highly in other areas.
Norway offers some of the highest paid maternity leave in the world, at 49 weeks. The Australian minimum wage is one of the highest, at $15 per hour, while the Netherlands outranks the rest to offer the best work-life balance of all, with an average working week of 32 hours.
Norway’s triumph as the best country in the world to work in 2024 is no surprise, as it has topped the UNDP Human Development Index for several years, with an HDI of 0.961 in 2021. HDI summarises a country’s human development achievements, including:
- Long and healthy lifespan
- Standard of living
Norway scored high in almost every area we analysed, topping the charts for equality, lgbtq employment, parental leave, and ranking within the top three countries for happiness, work-life balance, and minimum wage.
According to research by McKinsey, a quarter of employees across 15 countries felt burned out last year. If you’re feeling burned out and overworked, moving to Switzerland could offer you a better balance between office life and personal time.
Factors that make Swiss workers content overall include GDP per capita, social support, healthy life expectancy, and the freedom to make life choices. Switzerland ranks number 1 for minimum wage and within the top 5 countries globally for having the best work-life balance.
The Netherlands stands as one of the most progressive countries to work globally, with the second-highest score on the equality index for all countries analysed. Unsurprisingly, the Netherlands also ranks among the top three best countries for LGBTQA+ employees to work in.
With one of the top happiness scores and work-life balance scores in the world, the Netherlands offers an inclusive and attractive haven for 2024’s global workforce.
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