Wednesday, October 07, 2009

The UN makes their own list.

Just as I was coming up with my list of where I'd like to live, the UN put out their own version. Their list is topped by, in order, Norway, Australia, Iceland, Canada, and Ireland. I have to say, my list looks a little more interesting, no? At the bottom of their list? Niger, Sierre Leone, Afghanistan. My home country came in at #13, while South Africa came it at #129.

As far as I can tell their list is primarily organized by: where can you live without getting shot, and where can you earn a decent living. And well I won't disagree that those are important qualities in a home (I like not getting shot, and should I ever earn a decent living, I wouldn't mind that either), clearly everyone has their own definition of livable. What make a place livable for me? Excellent food, balmy weather, an attractive urban centre, a decent arts scene, good cafe life...

What qualities do you desire in a home?

6 comments:

Yoli said...

Just one, not being not having any rights because of my gender. Other than that, I am highly flexible. Any temperature, any accommodations will do.

Travel Muse said...

Walkability, lots of culture (museums, opera, symphony, art) and good outdoor cafes. Of course the not getting shot thing is kind of nice too.

ana said...

me and the boyfriend have been semi-living in a few countries for the last 3-4 years. while safety is one of our top concerns, the rest of the stuff is all negotiable, i think. we tend to seek countries which are culturally different from our own (portugal), so that we can be surprised. :)

Xander said...

Yoli- That's actually an excellent point, and one I hadn't thought of- equality. I'm a man married to a man, and it's important to me that I live somewhere where I can have at least some level of openness about my relationship (if I were to settle down, it would be an ABSOLUTE must).

Prêt à Voyager said...

walkablity and public transportation are key for me. i do have to say, iceland was pretty awesome. right now paris is suiting me quite well.

anne

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