Perhaps unsurprisingly, the country with the lowest marginal tax rate on average income workers -- Switzerland, at 20% -- also boasts the world's 7th highest GDP per capita at $43,196. The UK's Times Online called attention to Switzerland's "benign tax system" in a 2009 article about the nation's "low tax high life" that invites people to escape 50% tax rates by moving there. Contrary to general assumptions, the Times explains, Switzerland has found a way to maintain a high standard of living alongside an extremely low personal income tax rate. BusinessWeek likewise reported in 2009 that Switzerland was "openly and legally urging multinationals to relocate" -- and succeeding, while other nations buckled beneath staggering debt. Switzerland's low tax rates have not stopped it from having some of the leading universities in the world, a highly educated work force and less than 3% unemployment as of 2009.
I am a freelance traveling writer. I am currently spending most of my time backpacking across Europe. While I may be living outside of the United States, I stay connected to American financial markets and M&A's more than is probably healthy for any single person.