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Australia: the world’s best country?

An article published today on CNN points out to Australia as the world’s luckiest country. Accordingly to a survey released by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) says that in “Downunder” people have the best work-life balance, satisfaction, income and housing. But does it make Australia the best country in the world?

Well, there are not doubts that the sun really shines over there, perhaps because the largest part of Ozone Hole is located exactly over the country. Australia has some of the best beaches in the world on its 36,735 kilometers of coastline; nevertheless, water is a major problem for the 22,000 inhabitants in the country. Nothing that cannot be fixed, but it is certainly an issue that impacts on people’s pockets.

Australia has some of the best beaches in the world; here La Perouse, in Sydney Photo: Andre M. Pinto

Australia has some of the best beaches in the world; here La Perouse, in Sydney Photo: Andre M. Pinto

In general, Australians are not really concerned about money. They usually save cash to pay for unique life experiences, for example: skydiving or world trip. Aussies would not waste their time and money only with clothes, cars or other foolish as we are used to see in the west. They are unique!

And, this happiness under the philosophy of “simply live the life and enjoy it as much as you can” is (for me personally) the reason why Australia is on the top of this list. They do not need a full-time job, they can hold on well with a part-time that will help them to reach their goals and dreams, and if does not happen: “no worries”.

In other words, Australia is not the luckiest country due to its infra-structure, but mainly because there are people there that appreciate what they have, love the life and live it day by day. Perhaps this mind-set would help to improve lives in other countries worldwide. However, it is not that simple.

The other day I met a Swedish guy here in Prague who told me that on his point of view Australia is not a paradise, neither his homeland. “You cannot have a paradise on earth, pal”, he said. And that is so true!

My brother in law looks at it a bit more realistically: “the best country for you to live is where you earn good money”. I am sure that many Australians would disagree on that, so do I – partially. Be in a country where you cannot make money (no matter how good it is) must be really tough, but I think that the issue is more than that! It is also about friends, family and lifestyle!

For example, I like Czech Republic, it is nice place to be, easy to drive away, see new cultures, learn new languages, meet new people. But I also miss the sunshine in Australia (especially in winter) and the great beaches. But here I have family and friends who I can rely upon. Why should I leave?

If you have been to Australia or if you are an Australian, tell us: do you really think Downunder is the world’s best country? Do you consider yourself a lucky person?


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This entry was posted on May 28, 2013 by in English, General, General Debate.
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