Last update on March 20, 2019

Time to get out? Follow this guide to find the best place to live in the world for your personality and manners – the best places to live where you’d feel right at home.

Ever feel like an outsider in your own home country? An increasingly mobile population, stirred by recent political developments such as Brexit and the US election, are taking a long hard look at those around them and wondering whether they could possibly have been raised under the same flag. But then some may say it’s always been human nature to regard with affection, cynicism or out-and-out horror the differences in manners displayed by our compatriots. Fitting in may not be so much a matter of adapting to your present company, as identifying a culture in which you would fit more snugly. Where are the best places to live in the world – for you?

It’s a nuanced process, as certain habits stretch across unlikely borders. The UK and Australia, for example, share a history although on opposite ends of the earth, yet their inhabitants maintain a healthy distrust of each others’ perceived loutish/uptight demeanor. Yet when it comes to everyday gestures, such as tipping, greeting friends and asserting one’s own personal space, there’s no telling them apart. Get these two nationalities together in a business meeting—where the British will remain characteristically formal while the Aussies speak frankly and skip the niceties—and you’ll start to see the differences again.

Likewise, if you’re one of those people who likes to show up early to parties—considered in most countries to be at best inconvenient and at worst terribly rude—perhaps you’re best off moving to Belgium, where promptness is pushed to its (il)logical extreme.

If you dream of a place where your genteel etiquette and thoughtful comportment might fit in, or where your earthy humor and lack of inhibition will finally be admired, this handy new flow-art might help you identify a country where the national sense of propriety is more aligned with your own.

So where should you move abroad? Which are the best places to live for your personality and manners?

Finding out which country is the best fit for you