Overall index score: 79.35
Our index revealed the island nation of New Zealand to be the country with the best life-work balance. Boasting a strong economy, New Zealand ranks at #1 in our list by scoring highly across a number of metrics, offering a generous statutory annual leave allowance (32 days), a high rate of sick pay (80%), and a government-funded universal health care system.
Famed for its heart-stopping scenery (providing the backdrop to Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy), the rich Maori culture, and always-welcoming locals, New Zealand is a bucket-list destination for many. The country also offers the second-highest minimum wage of the places on our list.