The World's Real Winners
Smith, Karen Fragala, Newsweek
Byline: Karen Fragala Smith
Statistics can measure only so much. To enjoy life's more particular pleasures, move to one of these lucky nations.
Best Place to Fly a Kite
Flying a kite from the roof is part of everyday life in India. But each year, on Jan. 14, an international kite festival, Makar Sankranti, draws more than 1 million enthusiasts from 36 countries.
Best Place for Sex
According to Durex condoms' global sex survey: "Czechs have sex as often as the French; they start their sexual life as early as the Dutch; and they fear venereal disease as little as the Italians."
The Dutch don't talk much about gay rights. Why bother? Same-sex couples won equal rights in 2001. And Amsterdam's annual gay-pride festival is still considered the hottest party on the planet.
Best Place to Be a Dog Owner
Dogs are more than man's best friend here--they're truly part of the family. They're allowed in grocery stores, restaurants, sporting events, and music festivals. You can even bring Rex on the train.
Best Place to Dine
Sure, the paella is fabulous, but it's anomalies like foie-gras candy and ham "tapioca," created by molecular gastronomists like Ferran Adria, (of Catalonia's elBulli) that make Spain the foodie's mecca.
Best Place for a Road Trip
The 850-mile drive from Johannesburg to Cape Town features big-game terrain, pristine beaches, and towering cliffs. Be sure to stop and check out the ancient Bushman paintings at the Kamberg center. …