I am not sure if I have mentioned Korea's apparent inferiority complex regarding Japan on this blog, but if not it is only because that is quickly one of the basic assumptions or filters every foreigner uses when interpreting Korean politics and attitudes. Birds gotta fly, tigers gotta hunt and Koreans gotta talk about beating Japan.
With Canadians, the same is true but the question would end with 'the US'.
From Yahoo Canada News:
UN index rates life best in Norway, worst in Niger; Canada is at 4th place
BANGKOK - Norway enjoys the world's highest quality of life, while Niger suffers the lowest, a United Nations agency said Monday, as it released a ranking that highlights the wide disparities in well-being between rich and poor countries.
Canada was listed fourth, well ahead of the United States which was in 13th place.
Some rankings are given on Wikipedia (No UN results came up on the first page of a Google search for "united nations quality of life ranking"). Sadly Korea (#26) is listed as significantly below Japan (#10).