Yesterday I gave you the low down on the 10th Best Place to Live in the World - Italy. Today we're moving up one notch on the list to explore my home country, Canada which earns 9th place on International Livings Quality of Life Index for the Top 10 Best Places to Live in the World.
Those of us who have travelled from Coast to Coast in the wonderful land realize not only the immense size of our country - second largest in the world taking a week to drive across - but also the incredible beauty of this land.
The standard of living in Canada including free national health care for all makes Canada one of the most desireable places in the world to live.
A vast base of natural resources from oil to water and a strong, regulated banking sector have allowed Canada to weather the current economic storm very well indeed. Consistently increasing values make Canada one of the Best Places to Invest in Real Estate.
Four seasons of fun keep Canadians moving be it water skiing or hiking in the summer to some of the best downhill alpine skiing destinations in the world. Sports, theatre and a wide variety of cultural events provide entertainment to the rather small population scattered across this vast land.
Canadians are known for their hospitality and law abiding nature making Canada one of the safest places to live. A multi-cultural philosophy vs the US style melting pot helps Canada maintain many of the traditions from it's European ancestry.