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No. 9: Netherlands (tie)

Happiness Ranking: 43
Safety Ranking: 27

Take liberal social policies, the original bike-conscious culture, and cities and towns crisscrossed with canals, and you have the basis of The Netherlands. The Dutch are among the most laid-back and accepting people in Europe, and their culture is one of the easiest for Americans of every stripe to visit. You can get wonderfully lost in the tiny streets of Amsterdam for a week, but venture out to see smaller cities, like Utrecht, or the art capital of Maastricht. Rent a bike and meander on the flattest roads in the world, take in national parks, and visit the bucolic sea coast.


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