What Makes These Countries so Cool?

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Countries can be defined by many factors – its geography, its wildlife, its language, its food, its people.

More so though, an impression is created by a strong cultural aspect.

1. Coolest Country for Pacifists: Iceland

Coolest Country for Pacifists: Iceland

While other countries regard themselves as peace-loving when they're fed up invading their neighbors' border every decade or so, Iceland's continued pacifist stance has made it the world's most peaceful country since 2006.

The Global Peace Index shows Iceland is a place boasting an "absence of violence".

In 2012 the country became the planet's most peaceful country, ahead of Denmark and New Zealand.

Cynics might say Iceland's too remote to start wars and too cold for people hanging around after dark in search of street fights!

Iceland could have made this list twice because it is also the coolest country for cleanliness according to researchers at Columbia and Yale Universities.

Coming out squeaky clean at the very top in a cleanliness index of 163 countries on the universities' Environmental Performance Index, Iceland has a 93.5 out of 100 score on water and air quality, greenhouse gas emissions and the impact of the country's environment on the population's health.

2. Coolest Country for Women: New Zealand

Coolest Country for Women: New Zealand

Peace-loving AND gender-friendly?

Whatever next!

Rated by The Economist as one of the countries where females cab expect to be treated on equal footing with males in the work place, New Zealand has managed to do away with the glass ceiling, wage gap and all that other irritating nonsense still dogging women in so-called civilized countries like...complete the sentence if your own country's still got a long way to go!2

Sweden and Finland also score highly in The Economist's index, while the US is hovering somewhere in the middle.

3. Coolest Country for Education: Canada

Coolest Country for Education: Canada

Canada tops the chart of the 10 countries listed in a study conducted by the Organization for Economic Cooperation &2

Development (OECD).

The country has the highest proportion of college-educated adult residents and is the only country in the world where more than 50% of its residents boast college degrees.

Coolest Country for Sex Addicts: Greece
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