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These Are the Best Countries to Head to If Society Collapses

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A study published in the journal Sustainability last month set out to identify what it called the Earth’s “collapse lifeboats,” meaning, countries situated in such a way that they’re especially well suited to survive a global collapse of society.

The findings:

To determine the list, researchers ranked countries based on their ability to feed their population, how well they could protect their borders from unwanted mass migration, and whether they maintain an electrical grid and have some manufacturing ability.

The researchers found islands in temperate regions with low-population complex societies are best suited to survive, a finding one of the paper’s authors called “quite obvious in hindsight.”

The lifeboats:

Unsurprisingly, New Zealand came out on top, followed by Tasmania, Ireland, Iceland, and the U.K. in the top five. The U.S. and Canada tied for sixth, with researchers noting the two countries’ massive importing practices as a potential problem if they were cut off from the rest of the world.

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