As a resident of the U.S., I understand how lucky I am to live here. It really is a great place, but there are some things that the U.K. has over us.

The economy is better.

The U.K. has the 5th best economy in the world and the 2nd best in Europe. The value of the pound is worth about $1.50 in the U.S.

Healthcare is free.

Everyone who lives in the UK is entitled to health care, which is paid for by their taxes.

There is a low rate of gun-related incidents or deaths.

One of the lowest rates in the world, thanks to strict firearm laws. (And I’m just going to leave this here…)

The accent.

If you have ever heard a person with a British or English (however you want to say it) accent, you know just how dignified and classy it sounds. Like honey drizzled all over your words. Seriously. Try saying anything with an English accent. Try saying the worst insult you can think of and it still sounds like you are highly educated.

* Disclaimer: I do acknowledge the Cockney accent, but that is clearly not what I am talking about here. (However, it still sounds better than a Boston accent and most Southern accents.)

The rich history.

Many great things have come out of this island. Movies, music, literature, art, education—you name it. No matter what you are interested in, the UK probably has a long history of success in that specific area.

People seem smarter.

Going back to my previous points about the rich history and glorious accent, people here just seem so much smarter. Whether or not this is actually true, I won’t be able to say for sure, but people seem to be better versed in literature and education as a whole. They are also more likely to be well-traveled and know about different cultures, since they are in close proximity to many amazing countries. The UK ranks 6th in the world for education, where the US falls much lower on that list.

Stonehenge and the White Cliffs of Dover.

One of the world’s oldest mysteries.
White Cliffs of Dover.

They also have Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Two beautiful countries that are also part of the Kingdom. Take a look.

Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland.
Isle of Skye in Scotland.

Easy access to many different countries.

You can reach many other beautiful destinations using the train or a cheap flight.

Like I said, I love the U.S., but the United Kingdom is definitely doing something right.