Japan was rated the most peaceful country in Asia in 2014. Japan has officially renounced its right to declare war. It is using its military for self-defense and for peacekeeping purposes. Japanese enjoy high life expectancy.
Western European country Belgium is one of the best and safest places to live in Europe. Education is compulsory from 6 to 18 years for Belgians. The average life expectancy is 79.65 years. Belgium is a member of NATO and has a strongly globalized economy.
Norway maintains a combination of market economy and a Nordic welfare model with universal healthcare and a comprehensive social security system. Norway had the highest HDI from 2001 to 2006 and again from 2009 to 2014.
When it comes to peace and prosperity, Central European country Austria is definitely doing well. This federal republic has developed a high standard of living. Some people call Austria a piece of heaven on earth. It is one of the richest countries in the world. It has been a member of the UN since 1955.