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Revealed: the best countries to move to if you’re an introvert

Had it with even trying to socialise in 2021? Here are the best places to live if you really don’t mind your own company

Huw Oliver
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Huw Oliver

Okay, so maybe you’ve had a little too much alone time this year. But for certain kinds of people – namely introverts, those who don’t necessarily get their energy from social interaction and like to set aside ample time to recharge away from others – the occasional bit of self-iso comes quite naturally. In fact, they (or should I say: we) positively need it.

If you’re one of those inward-looking folk – and you’ve totally had it with crowded cities – then you may have started looking for a change of scene. Maybe a place that’s got a whole load more outdoor space and, preferably, many fewer humans to fill it.

If so, rejoice! We’ve now got a semi-official list of the countries that best fit the bill.

Taking into account population density (along with other important general quality of life measures like wifi speed, cost of rent and average annual salary), a new study has ranked the countries best suited to those with an introverted personality.

In at number one is Canada, with just four people per square kilometre, some impressive wifi speed, decent annual salaries and affordable-ish rent.

The second-best country for introverts is Australia, which has just three people per square kilometre and high annual salaries (but with higher rents and slightly patchier wifi than in Canada). The third best is Iceland (with a cosy four humans per square kilometre), followed by Russia (nine) and Finland (16).

Here is the full list, which was compiled by finance comparison website Merchant Machine:

  1. Canada
  2. Australia
  3. Iceland
  4. Russia
  5. Finland
  6. New Zealand
  7. Suriname
  8. Mauritania
  9. Norway
  10. Belize

If the past year has proved anything, it’s that many of us actually can get by without seeing other humans – and in fact, some may even prefer it that way. Now, if you’re thinking about a change of scene, you’ve got plenty of sparsely populated (and incredibly beautiful) new home countries to choose from.

Looking for more relocation inspo? Here are the best cities to start a new life in 2021 and the coolest neighbourhoods in the world right now.

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