It's been a rough election season, folks, and while the race is finally going to be over soon (cue the sighs of relief) it's always a good idea to have a backup plan for your future just in case. Whether you've been joking about fleeing the country for the past 18 months or not, it's important to be prepared. So we've turned to the (an annual study from the Institute for Economics and Peace that measures, well, a nations' peacefulness) to help us round up 10 countries to move to that are both stunning and oh-so-tranquil.
Iceland has become a for tourism in recent years, and for good reason. It's certainly got the great outdoors—a stunning landscape with volcanoes, mountains and glaciers. But if the views alone don't convince you to make it full-time, maybe the promise of stability will, because it's also the most peaceful country in the world, and has been for the past six years.
Not only is Denmark stunning and serene, but it's also the happiest country in the world, according to the World Happiness Report, an annual published by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network—and let's be real, a dose of cheer never hurts.
Need to get away from the all the election noise for an extended frolic among beautiful mountains and green meadows? Austria's your place. Though if you're more of a city slicker, Austria's got that too. Vienna, the nation's capital, has been ranked the top city on Mercer's "" for seven years in a row, meaning political stability and personal freedom aren't in short supply here.
In you'll find a completely laid-back way of life. How could you not feel relaxed when you're on an island full of beaches, forests, mountains, lakes, rivers and fjords? Plus, it also ranks high for security, and low on ongoing domestic and international conflict.
This year, Portugal jumped six places on the Global Peace Index due to a decreasing incidence of violent demonstrations, as well as a low rating for political instability. It's also a country with almost 500 miles of picturesque and a moderate climate, with 2,806 hours of sun per year in its capital, Lisbon, making it one of Europe's sunniest cities.
The Czech Republic has the second lowest ranking in the world for degree of militarization, according to the GPI, and also has the lowest in the European Union as of September 2016. Prague, its capital, is also full of beautiful historic architecture and rich cultural attractions.
There's a reason for the phrase "being Switzerland" when it comes to neutrality—the nation ranks among the lowest in the world for involvement in ongoing domestic and international conflict. Beyond that, its stunning largest city, Zurich, is also second in the world for overall quality of life as well as personal safety, according to .
Americans have been threatening to move to Canada since the beginning of the election season, and it turns out that it might not be such a bad idea after all. Aside from the fact that Canada ranks 95 places higher than America on the Global Peace Index, Canada also legalized same-sex marriage ten years before we did, has better family leave , and has a firearm homicide rate that's than ours. The fact that it looks like this doesn't hurt either.
If the cherry blossoms and beautiful pagodas don't sell you, maybe this will: Japan has the highest life expectancy in the world—83.7 years, according to the . What's more, Japan ranks second in the world on Bloomberg's for tech advances.
Moving to Slovenia might seem like an unusual choice for escaping from this election, given that it's the native country of Melania Trump. But this nation of mountains and vast forests is and ranks low for political violence as well as terrorism, making it a pretty tranquil place to live.