Holland ranked third best country to live in

4th November 2011, Comments 28 comments

Holland has ranked third on a United Nations list of the best countries to live in. The UN Human Development Index put Norway and Australia ahead of the Dutch on the 187-country list which assesses long-term progress in healthcare, education, child welfare, literacy, annual income and life expectancy.

The Democratic Republic of Congo was last on the list, while Zimbabwe – last year’s worst country to live in – moved up to 173rd place.

The UN development programme UNDP criticised wealthier nations for backtracking on their commitment to alleviate poverty in developing countries. The problems arising from environmental issues worldwide need acute attention, the UNDP added.

The economic boom generated by emerging powers China and India did not reflect in their rankings – they ranked 101st and 134th respectively.

The UNDP report also released its so-called ‘inequality-adjusted’ list, a "measure of the average level of human development of people in a society once inequality is taken into account”. On the amended list, the Netherlands moved down a rank to fourth place, followed by Iceland and Ireland. Sweden is third on this list.

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Ranking of Expatica countries, from highest to lowest:

Germany: 9
Switzerland: 11
Belgium: 18
France: 20
Spain: 23
United Kingdom: 28
Portugal: 41
Russia: 66
South Africa: 123

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28 Comments To This Article

  • Mooisuiker posted:

    on 13th November 2011, 10:44:25 - Reply

    Why would anybody move to Norway or Australia?

    Cheap beer and drugs in the Netherlands is better than to live far away from Europe.
  • Isabel posted:

    on 11th November 2011, 00:30:12 - Reply


    I lived in the Netherlands and found all the opposite, very honest and straight forward people, a country where your voice counts; at least you can express yourself and your human dignity is respected. Maybe you should try living in Mexico for a while and then write a book about it… you wouldn’t be lying there.
  • Jacques posted:

    on 10th November 2011, 10:55:00 - Reply

    You don't know what you are talking about Kit. Your reaction is propoganda for your book! We have a high quality of live here in Holland! Jalous? In dutch we say "U lult uit uw nek" = You talk bullshit out of your neck
  • Cher posted:

    on 10th November 2011, 10:21:54 - Reply

    Or here: http://www.beta.undp.org/undp/en/home/presscenter/pressreleases/2011/11/02/2011-human-development-index-norway-at-top-dr-congo-last.html
  • Cher posted:

    on 10th November 2011, 10:21:06 - Reply

    Kit is just trying to sell a book. Good luck.
    I agree 100% to Niels Jordens!
    By the way, here's a link to the UNDP report: http://www.beta.undp.org/undp/en/home.html
  • John posted:

    on 9th November 2011, 18:29:07 - Reply

    May I draw your attention to the following?

  • Miki posted:

    on 9th November 2011, 17:25:10 - Reply

    Kit, you should first af all have a look in the dictionary to find out about the word 'stereotype' you seem to be lost in! Every single nation has their pros and cons - being Dutch I have been living myself for 36 years in France now - another very particular country as far as human rights are concerned, but I needn't tell you that - and you know what? I'm counting the days seperating me from getting settled again in ....... The Netherlands!!
  • Angela posted:

    on 9th November 2011, 16:13:53 - Reply

    Kit, I would reeeeeeeally appreciate some sources for your statistics as I am currently in the middle of a huge 2 year custody battle with the Dutch (pedophile) father of my child. My son has given me reason to believe his father and grandparents are mentally abusing him and he's being sexually abused or groomed for it by them, even having been told by them that he's a girl and there's something wrong with his peepee! I seem to be out on a limb all by myself as even the family doctor and lawyer give me minimal support and I face a wall of blank stares whenever I state that my main reason for wanting to leave here with my child is not wanting a pedophile to be a big part of his upbringing. I don't want him being abused or thinking pedophilia and incest are normal because THEY AREN'T! I fear that what I see as a HUGE problem and my worst fears realized they see as a simple cultural misunderstanding. Any help with any information on how I can get help for my son and statistics to support my worries would be gratefully accepted. Thanks.
  • mokumhammer posted:

    on 9th November 2011, 15:53:05 - Reply

    Define 'best'
  • tim posted:

    on 9th November 2011, 15:09:23 - Reply

    @r, I doubt that UN made this list by comparing visits to two different dentists.
  • r posted:

    on 9th November 2011, 14:29:12 - Reply

    health care system do sucks here (in the NL), bigtime. Starting with the compulsory health insurance what cost a lot and don't cover anything. Or cost even more, and covers more things, but u still get shocking bills the end of the year that you have to pay this and this and that because of anykindof reason.
    With doctors, my experience so far 1 -1.
    I went to the dentist with a half broken tooth and asked what can be done and how much would it be. He seemed a real pro: telling what needed to be done, what options I have, possible future complications, what are the things recommended, how long it will take etc.
    Just by curiosity i visited anther one who didn't say anything (really anything) except the price it would cost to fix it. I don't think it's a professional manner.
  • anwar posted:

    on 9th November 2011, 12:24:02 - Reply

    Congratulations to all Netherland people for maintaining their country as thet third best country to live in the world as per the United Nations Index. All this has been due to their collective and unending development in the social sectors, including healthcare, education, child welfare, literacy, annual income and life expectancy. This is a great national pride and honour which every individual on earth would appreciate and commend. HATS OFF to Netherland. Long live the people of Netherland.
  • FablesRus posted:

    on 9th November 2011, 11:33:15 - Reply

    They must of plucked a few Siberian natives from the 1950s and did alien experiments on them here in Holland and sent them out into captivity for a couple of years in some village around Friesland then asked them in return for their generous life to do some hokey survey and pen it as the worlds best life. Geeze what a bunch of Liars!!!
  • maria posted:

    on 9th November 2011, 11:29:46 - Reply

    Kit,..haha. no one could take this seriously...je bent gek man, never heard such nonsense about my country....what are you on?
  • Sunny posted:

    on 9th November 2011, 11:29:05 - Reply

    I read the report and it says NL is at #7. New Zealand is #3.
  • Rui Martins posted:

    on 9th November 2011, 11:20:41 - Reply

    I did live three years in the Netherlands and the health care system leaves us wanting.

    My wife had a neck hernia, she complained to the doctor, he told her it was psychological and sent her off.

    She went back home, had a magnetic resonance imaging exam done and, there it was, a neck hernia.

    I been diagnosed with gastro esophageal reflux disease after 2 years of complaining in the Netherlands. Same thing, its psychological.

    Went back home, did a upper gastrointestinal endoscopy exam, and the result was GERD. I take 2 pills a day and haven't had problems ever since.

    Don't get me wrong, I loved every moment I spent in the Netherlands, but health care there is a joke, at least where I lived.

    And I worked 6 months in a public school as a schoonmaker and those kids were impossible, i never so so much dirt in my life. Oh, I don't feel like eating the rest of the sandwich, no problem, I'll just throw it on the floor.
  • Abigail posted:

    on 9th November 2011, 11:18:44 - Reply

    Then again, neither, apparently, has Kit.
  • nema posted:

    on 9th November 2011, 11:18:00 - Reply

    Now and then someone Dutch comes with those researches that you neer know how they came to the result. At school they were only talking why dutch design is so good (by the way it is ture that the Dutch art education hardly cover any general art history, our teachers would argue that the history knowledge efffects creativity somehow), and then our (Rietveld A.) school was one of the 3 best art schools in the world, at language class in the uni they would say that Dutch children chosen as the happiest children in the world etc... They always full themselves with those arguments just to live in their virtual reality.
    Does this mean that living in Holland is bad? No. As everyplace in earth good and bad parts come together and you find reasons to stay. But it is hardly because the society is so democratic and lovely. Mostly because it is a quiet save place to live.
  • Abigail posted:

    on 9th November 2011, 11:14:15 - Reply

    Obviously the judges have never tried actually living in the Netherlands
  • David posted:

    on 8th November 2011, 20:06:25 - Reply

    To kit:
    I wondered if you ever lived in the Netherlands!
    As many others have said in previous post, it'd be appreciated if you could back up your comments with real data's or sources.
    I live in the Netherlands and none of what you're saying matched with what this country has to offer!
  • Niels Jordens posted:

    on 8th November 2011, 10:20:22 - Reply

    Kit: with all due respect are you completely mad or from some other planet? Elderly euthanized without their request?? Kids are taught to have sex with their parents??? You must be completely out of your mind. If anyone is even thinking about taking this seriously: do not. It all sounds like thoughts from someone suffering from serious brain damage....
  • Editor

    on 7th November 2011, 17:17:36 - Reply

    Here's the link to all the country rankings:
  • steve posted:

    on 7th November 2011, 16:34:44 - Reply


    no offense (although you are just that). but where did you get that data from??? As Graham asked you mildly.

    PS: I stopped reading at Education... just got borred
  • Graham posted:

    on 7th November 2011, 16:28:10 - Reply

    A question for Kit: what would your top-rated country by, and why?

    There are about 200 countries in the world to choose from: please give use the top 5 on your scale
  • korrok posted:

    on 7th November 2011, 16:16:19 - Reply

    Kit: I am interested if you can provide sources or citation for these claims, e.g. NL having the highest child abuse percentage, that 1 in 5 children are told it's expected to have sex with their parents.

    You have some decent points to offer but backing up your claims with the source of the information would be most appreciated.
  • pepe posted:

    on 7th November 2011, 15:12:35 - Reply

    And no, there is no pedophile party. It is true that three men tried to run for parliament. But they didn't get any support, so their party ceased to exist. Also two of these men are in jail right now.
  • pepe posted:

    on 7th November 2011, 14:37:13 - Reply

    I guess you are wrong when it comes to the wallet return test:

  • Kit posted:

    on 5th November 2011, 00:50:01 - Reply

    This is absolutely absurd! Child welfare? Do a little research in the legal cases against the RvdK (Child Welfare Office) and you will find that it is the most corrupt agency in Europe. Customized child reports can be bought very inexpensively. And for five years running in recent memory, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child chastised the Netherlands for having the highest child abuse percentage of all member nations. Life Expectancy? Claims about life expectancy are laughable in a country where the elderly are euthanized without their request, and they are so scared of it happening that they tattoo their pleading to live on their bodies. Healthcare? When I lived in the Netherlands, I suffered three medical errors that almost killed me. Everyone knows of a friend or relative forced to live in a government facility for the rest of their lives due to a medical procedure that went wrong. Education? My children went to school in the Netherlands and they learned a lot, but not a lot of what they learned was true; nor did it prepare them for life in the real world. Literacy? Do the arts count? The Dutch education is so narrowly focused that only music students have ever heard of Beethoven and only art students ever hear about Picasso. Annual income? With 50 to 60% of the population on full or partial dole? (dole = welfare for you Americans). Speaking of Americans, the American publication “Readers Digest” had a recent poll in which they did things like drop wallets full of money around all European cities, and drop letters with stamps on them around mailboxes, and many similar things that might prompt individuals to return them or send them or otherwise display human decency. The result: The Dutch ranked worst among all EU countries. The study revealed them to be the most dishonest, the rudest, and the only ones who never returned the wallets with any of the funds in tact. The Netherlands was the last country in the world to make child porn illegal, and the laws about this are generally disregarded in the Netherlands. They still have a Pedophile Party among their political parties. There are more pedophiles living in the Netherlands than any other country in the world and a survey done within the past decade by Stichting Chris and published, reveals that one in five Dutch children are taught from birth that it is expected (and perfectly normal) for children to have sex with their parents. With legalized prostitution, brothels, and “window girls” around every cornder in every town, big and small, human sex trafficking is rampant in the Netherlands READERS: One thing you can learn from this “UN Human Development Index” is that a country’s position can be bought on such a list. The list has NOTHING to do with reality. Do not believe everything you read. I am an author with a book forthcoming about this, and that book will be available in the third week of January 2012. I back up all these facts and may more with articles, documents, and other irrefutable evidence. And there are many more horrific aspects to the Netherlands, I assure you. Do not believe the propaganda put out by the UN or by the Netherlands itself.