Well not advocating this as some sort of "only alternative" but I think some might like my country, I won't get into why except letting these three youtube videos speak for themselves.
These are of course "touristy" videos and show little of day-to-day life for a norwegian (in fact basically everything is just scenery), and so on, but it's a good way to get introduced to some of our fantastic scenery.
If you're wondering about that daily life, I can say that we are, overall, a well-off nation that has topped the UN list of countries with the best living standard for 6 successive years, only beaten on last years list by Iceland. My city, Oslo, is now approaching 600,000 in the city proper, and soon 900,000 in the 'metropolitan' area (second biggest city, Bergen, has a much more 'cozy' and beautiful nature while Oslo is our equivalent of the 'ugly big city' - though nothing compared to truly large cities).
Todays Norwegians are mostly known as rather calm and reserved people, of course that is a generalization, but there is a little something to it as well - it also has to do with our historical "faith" in the government/state, as a social democracy, many solutions for necessary services have been sought through the state or local government, instead of privatizing (started to change increasingly since the 90s began, today we are considerably more market-oriented).
A little shameless attempt at tempting:
Of course there's not just good here, plenty of things to be annoyed about. Despite that - Norway is a paradise compared even to countries as close as Germany, France, Britain... And even the good ol' US. This in large part due to the near eradication of poverty that we've achieved - our poverty is a "relative" one, people who are poor compared to our own average income.
However, to mention one actual negative, the increasing internationalization is bringing new people with new behaviours to our shores - we've had a lot of eastern europeans (which could almost be compared to the mexicans for you americans), including criminals. And about 2 years ago or so a whole bunch of nigerian females (they apparantly came from Italy) who were prostitutes arrived. They actually walk the streets here in my town to this day, no clear solution to their plight has been proposed yet! A big reason behind all that is the so-called "Schengen" agreement, which is a EU treaty for passing borders with no passport/I.D.. This allows people from all over Europe to come here without being checked. Just being honest here (and talking about the stinking nwo *CoFF* which is starting to clearly affect us as well)! Here in Oslo, we also have around 25% immigrants (including a considerable Pakistani minority), and a slight hint of ghetto tendencies can be observed - there's 4 schools i think with more than 90% immigrants here. Compared to what I see in many, many other countries, our problems are 99% cakewalks though!
It's like we have "everything" that other countries have, but it's ALL in much smaller quantity and severity..
Another purpose behind posting this was that I think many know very little about what Norway has to offer. And some might simply enjoy those vids in themselves...
You can go to flicker and find some more interesting photos... http://flickr.com/groups/norwaynorge/pool/
I must admit I have a few reasons to dislike my native country, still there is no doubt neither it, nor my hometown Oslo, will ever leave my heart. If anyone is considering and ready to relocate to somewhere that is a little less crowded and busy (also more relaxed and gives more room for peace, for those who choose this!), I'd recommend them to also have Norway on their list and consider "us" as well - on par with their other alternatives. London is 2 hrs away from Oslo by plane, Paris around 2,5..