Daily Telegraph, a British Newspaper, organizes a pool every year where people vote for the country they believe is the best. This year 75,000 readers voted for annual Telegraph Travel awards and New Zealand transpired as the best country for fourth year in a row. The criteria were also published in The Telegraph which included beautiful Landscapes, weather, people, and many other factors that make visitors fall in love with a place. More weight is given to natural beauty as the scenery and natural resources have always been an asset for any country. New Zealand is second to none when it comes to natural beauty. On the same time it blends industrialization, purity of nature, richness of culture, and a well taken care of environment in a way that one can only fall in love with this country.
Educational institutions and an overall culture or approach towards education is a critical factor which raises the respect for any given country in observers’ eyes. Over the years, New Zealand has built a strong reputation as one of the best places to study. In New Zealand, educational institutions are of great momentousness. Even certificate courses for students who either are interested to enter into labour market quickly or want to change their career direction provided in polytechnic institutions are highly regarded. Students from all across the globe come here to learn and develop their professional skills. The biggest attraction for such students, in New Zealand is in the form of available work opportunities under any given skill set that they are interested in.
Work opportunities for students or high quality learning are however not the only vital aspects. The culture, tradition, economy, employment rate, crime rates, attitude of people towards visitors, development, natural resources, government policies, research conditions and natural beauty are also predominant criteria.
Crime rates in New Zealand are generally measured by the number of offenses being reported to police per 100,000 people. They rose for the most part of early 20th century but began to decline during the 1990s. In the 2014 calendar year, just over 350,000 crimes were reported to police for a national population of 4.51 million, giving a national rate of 777 crimes per 10,000 population. Current crime rate declined to 132.6 crimes per 10,000 people. If compared it with the crime rates in U.S.A, we will it significantly higher at 506 crimes per 10,000 people. New Zealand government invests heavily to make sure that law enforcement agencies are actively monitoring each and every aspect. Society, on the same time, is so open and welcoming that peace and harmony are reflected throughout the country.
New Zealand’s economy, despite having such low population, has been growing and showing strength over the last decade. It has been ranked first in the world for Social Progression, which covers areas such as Basic Human Needs, Foundations of Well-being, and the level of Opportunity available to its citizens. New Zealand faced bad economic conditions a few times in past, like other developed nations. It seemed worst in year 2000 when per capita income decreased to 38.98 (as percentage of US$) but rose to 62.99 per capita in 2005. In 2010, tax on personal income tax rates were reduced from 38% to 33%. The cuts gave New Zealand the second-lowest personal tax burden in the OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development).
New Zealand is the 4th least corrupt country in the world. In 2014, it was ranked as second least corrupt country. Start-up companies enjoy great flexibility under licensing and other regulatory frameworks. With no minimum capital required, it takes only one day to start a business. New Zealand’s economy has been hailed as one of world’s top safe-haven economies in recent years after it emerged from Global Financial Crisis relatively unscathed.
Tourism is an important industry in New Zealand. New Zealand is marketed abroad as a “clean, green” adventure playground with typical destinations being nature areas such as Milford Sound, Abel Tasman National Park or the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. In November 2012, The Telegraph voted New Zealand the best country in the world to go to on holidays. Speaking of beaches, you’re never far from one in the land of the long white cloud. The furthest away a person can get is about 80 miles from the sea.
White Island is one of the ultimate stops on the country’s volcanic trail, where visitors have the opportunity to get up close to the inner crater of the country’s only marine volcano. Country has very beautiful scenic railway. After filming the entirety of The Lord of the Rings in New Zealand, Peter Jackson said “there would be no reason to look outside the country for film locations for The Hobbit Trilogy as New Zealand already was “the perfect Middle-earth”.
New Zealand is in no way behind any developed country. Visit cities like Auckland, Wellington and Hamilton to see the best of infrastructure, experience the glory of night life, witness the modern touch and taste multiculturalism at its very best. Whether you are a student interested in postgraduate studies or just looking for a diploma in information technology, an entrepreneur willing to change the world, a professional seeking new growth opportunities, retired and want to spend time in peace, or just a tourist exploring the best of the world, the land of long white cloud is, all in all, the very best destination for you.