A view of the Great Pyramids of Giza, south of the Egyptian capital, Cairo. (Dana Smillie / Polaris)

Many people dream of moving abroad and leaving their worries behind.

But there's an important question: Where would you be happy? Hundreds of organizations release rankings and indexes each year that show how individual countries rate according to certain criteria. WorldViews chose some of them and selected 18 countries Americans might consider moving to.

The selection is by no means complete, and our questions cover only some aspects of the many likely to affect a decision to move abroad. Still, our quiz could make you think about a country you might not otherwise have considered.

It could also be of interest to those of you just trying to pick a foreign vacation destination.

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You can see how a given country performed in certain categories in the posts or embedded maps that are linked to or shown below.

These are the countries that were included in the quiz: Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Britain, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Italy, Israel, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden


Our data on average alcohol consumption is based on a recent report by the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) that examined alcohol-consumption patterns in its 34 member states. Drinking the equivalent of a little more than 85 wine bottles per year, Americans consumed less than citizens of many other surveyed countries in 2012.

Related on WorldViews: How the U.S. is a lightweight among the world’s booziest nations

Raising children and the welfare of mothers: This year's mother index, released by the nongovernmental organization Save the Children, shows where mothers and children living in urban areas face the least and the greatest hardships with respect to their health and economic well-being, among other aspects.

Related on WorldViews: Map: The best (and worst) countries to be a mother

Languages: The data that this section of our quiz is based on were recently published by the University of Düsseldorf's Ulrich Ammon, who conducted a 15-year-long study.

Related on WorldViews: The world’s languages, in 7 maps and charts

Colleges and higher education: Since 1985, U.S. college costs have surged by about 500 percent, and tuition fees keep rising. In other countries, including Germany, Sweden, France and Brazil, they've done the opposite.

Related on WorldViews: 7 countries where Americans can study at universities, in English, for free (or almost free)

Religions: According to a 2015 Gallup International and the WI Network of Market Research study, China tops the list of the world's least religious nations by far. It's followed by countries in Europe — about three-fourth of all Swedes and Czechs also said they were either atheists or not religious. The survey was conducted in 65 countries and is based on 63,898 interviews.

Related on WorldViews: These are the world’s least religious countries

Health care and emergency services: A recent Health Risk index by International SOS urges caution for visitors to some countries, included in our quiz. The index is a reflection of more than 300,000 medical incidents that companies reported in 2014 to International SOS, which specializes in providing health-care and emergency services to clients with business travelers overseas. Based on that data, a panel took into account threats of infectious disease, hygiene and sanitation, frequency of accidents and the availability and quality of the local health infrastructure to determine how risky a trip to a particular country might be.

Related on WorldViews: Whatever you do, don’t get sick in these countries

General prosperity: Our quiz question is a reflection of rankings compiled by the Legatum Institute, a London-based think tank and publisher, which this year evaluated the "prosperity" of 142 countries based on 89 variables that fall under eight sub-indices: "Economy, Entrepreneurship & Opportunity, Governance, Education, Personal Freedom, Health, Safety & Security and Social Capital."

Related on WorldViews: See who’s winning (and who’s not) country by country

Freedom: Our quiz question is based on the 2014 Freedom House ranking, which you can find here.