The country has a population of approximately 4.5 million people and according to the ONU - Human Development ranking NZ is the sixth best country in terms of quality of life and structure offered to its population. Its GND is over $160 billion and national income per capita is about $39,300.
Besides Denmark, NZ is the country with the lowest level of corruption in the world. It is the third most peaceful country in the world (according to the Global Peace Index) and is among the 15 happiest. The concern and investments of the New Zealand government in education are intense. The country now has the longest schooling for its people, 19.7 years. Currently 7 out of 8 New Zealand universities rank among the top 500 in the world (QS World University Ranking). In High School, New Zealand ranks among the top 5 countries in the world in language and science. New Zealand receives more than 90,000 international students per year.
In addition to the high quality of life, New Zealand offers breathtaking scenery. Joining paradisiacal beaches, many forests, volcanic regions like geysers, amazing landscaping cutting the coast with snowy mountains and breathtaking scenario for international cinema. It is no wonder that the country was used for the recordings of the trilogies of the films Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.
This diversity of landscapes has also transformed New Zealand into the World Capital of Adventure and Extreme Sports. From the South Lakes region, through the Queenstown mountain range, hosting “The Remarkables” to the Lake Wanaka, home to the Cardrona and Treble Cone ski slopes. NZ is pure adrenaline for extreme sports enthusiasts. The options include bungee jumping, rappelling, rappel, rafting, rafting, skydiving among other activities that leave the heart at a thousand per hour.
New Zealand is a modern and developed country, but with a very quiet and stress-free pace of life. Similar in size to the United Kingdom or Japan, the country has a population of approximately 4.5 million people putting less pressure on its space and natural resources. This means that its population does not suffer from the great urban ills that exist in many other developed countries, such as pollution, traffic and health problems.
In the various world rankings presented by the UN, New Zealand is always classified with great positions in human development, life quality and life expectancy, literacy, public education, ease of doing business, lack of corruption, freedom of the press, among others.
The cities of Auckland and Wellington are among the 25 best cities in the world to live according to The Economist ranking.
Among the most outstanding characteristics of this wonderful people and we can highlight the receptivity, good mood, easy going, education common to a first world country and the love of outdoor activities and nature.
Hard work and continuous effort are considered great virtues in New Zealand, which offers all kinds of opportunities for those who wish to develop and leverage their careers in the country.
New Zealanders also believe that life is made to live. So what you do away from work is just as important when what you produce at work. For New Zealanders living well is finding the balance between an honest day of work with social fun, time together with your family and friends and take advantage of all the leisure opportunities you can enjoy.
The former British colony was the last piece of land to be discovered in the world. Its history is rich and with an interesting mix of Maori culture (the first people to inhabit the country) and the European one.
The Maori people are so present and respected in the country that in any city you visit you can see a fascinating contrast between the Maori treasures and architecture with the European-style buildings. In addition, the Maori language is along with English one of the official languages of the country.
The New Zealand population is very diverse with people from various parts of the planet, mainly from Europe, Asia and Polynesia.
The country's number one sport is undoubtedly the Rugby, which is popular in New Zealand as the soccer is for Brazil. The New Zealand team, the All Blacks, is a two-time Rugby World Cup winner (1987 and 2011) and has always held one of the top three positions since the competition began.
The All Blacks perform before each match the performance of "Haka", a Maori ritual dance which is the great symbol of the team.
Owning one of the most open economies in the world, New Zealand is a champion of the free market. The country has a very strong trade alliance with Australia which helps to deal with crises that hit the rest of the world.
International trade exported goods and services accounting for one-third of the country's total production which is among the world's leading producers and exporters in the sectors of agriculture and livestock (kiwi and grape production, sheep farming and meat and wool production), Fish farming (shellfish and mussels), forestry (extraction of wood and pulp production) and wine production.
New Zealand also has manufacturing facilities and services, innovates in research for the development of clean energy and low carbon production creating a sustainable global economy.
The official currency is the New Zealand Dollar (NZ$), which is normally priced below the US and Australian dollar.
The country was considered by Forbes (2013) as the best country for business in the world. This is because to the climate of transparency in business, stable economic and freedom (personal, commercial and monetary), investor protection, property rights, stock market performance, as well as lack of corruption.
Tourism plays a key role in the New Zealand economy. In 2013, the activity moved more than US$ 23.9 billion in the country's economy with international tourism collaborating with another US$ 10 billion in its total exports. Tourism is still responsible for employing more than 110,000 people in the country.
For these reasons tourists are always welcomed with open arms by the friendly New Zealanders.