10 Countries With the Highest Quality of Life Finland bests the rest By Arden Dier, Newser Staff Posted Jul 4, 2016 9:21 AM CDT 136 comments Comments Helsinki, Finland. (Shutterstock) (Newser) – The US is in the top 20 countries with the highest standard of living—but don't let that go to your head. The Social Progress Index says that at No. 19, America is a "disappointment" given its huge economy, per Business Insider. The ranking is based on three categories: basic human needs (like shelter and health care), foundations of well-being (like life expectancy and education), and opportunity (rights, freedoms, and tolerance). Here are the top 10, each with a score out of 100: Finland: 90.1 Canada: 89.5 Denmark: 89.4 Australia: 89.1 Switzerland: 88.9 Sweden: 88.8 Norway: 88.7 Netherlands: 88.7 United Kingdom: 88.6 Iceland: 88.5 Click for the full list or the top 10 "good" countries.