Quality-of-life Index

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The Economist Intelligence Unit’s quality-of-life index is based on a method that links the results of subjective life-satisfaction surveys to the objective determinants of quality of life across countries. The index was calculated in 2005 and includes data from 111 countries and territories.

Method[edit]

The survey uses nine quality of life factors to determine a nation's score.[1] They are listed below including the indicators used to represent these factors:

  1. Health: Life expectancy at birth (in years). Source: US Census Bureau
  2. Family life: Divorce rate (per 1,000 population), converted into index of 1 (lowest divorce rates) to 5 (highest). Sources: UN; Euromonitor
  3. Community life: Variable taking value 1 if country has either high rate of church attendance or trade-union membership; zero otherwise. Source: World Values Survey
  4. Material well being: GDP per person, at PPP in $. Source: Economist Intelligence Unit
  5. Political stability and security: Political stability and security ratings. Source: Economist Intelligence Unit
  6. Climate and geography: Latitude, to distinguish between warmer and colder climates. Source: CIA World Factbook
  7. Job security: Unemployment rate (%.) Source: Economist Intelligence Unit
  8. Political freedom: Average of indexes of political and civil liberties. Scale of 1 (completely free) to 7 (unfree). Source: Freedom House
  9. Gender equality: Measured using ratio of average male and female earnings. Source: UNDP Human Development Report

The Economist Intelligence Unit’s quality-of-life index, 2005[edit]

World map showing the Quality of Life Scores
  8.000–8.999
  7.000–7.999
  6.000–6.999
  5.000–5.999
  4.000–4.999
  3.000–3.999
  No Data

111 countries and territories were included in the 2005 Quality of Life Index.[1]

RankCountry or territoryQuality of Life Score
(out of 10)
1 Ireland8.333
2  Switzerland8.068
3 Norway8.051
4 Luxembourg8.015
5 Sweden7.937
6 Australia7.925
7 Iceland7.911
8 Italy7.810
9 Denmark7.797
10 Spain7.727
11 Singapore7.719
12 Finland7.618
13 United States7.615
14 Canada7.599
15 New Zealand7.436
16 Netherlands7.433
17 Japan7.392
18 Hong Kong7.347
19 Portugal7.307
20 Austria7.268
21 Taiwan7.259
22 Greece7.163
23 Cyprus7.097
24 Belgium7.095
25 France7.084
26 Germany7.48
27 Slovenia6.986
28 Malta6.934
29 United Kingdom6.917
30 South Korea6.877
31 Chile6.789
32 Mexico6.766
33 Barbados6.702
34 Czech Republic6.629
35 Costa Rica6.624
36 Malaysia6.608
37 Hungary6.534
38 Israel6.488
39 Brazil6.470
40 Argentina6.469
41 Qatar6.462
42 Thailand6.436
43 Sri Lanka6.417
44 Philippines6.403
45 Slovakia6.381
46 Uruguay6.368
47 Panama6.361
48 Poland6.309
49 Croatia6.301
50 Turkey6.286
51 Trinidad and Tobago6.278
52 Ecuador6.272
53 Peru6.216
54 Colombia6.176
55 Kuwait6.171
56 El Salvador6.164
57 Bulgaria6.162
58 Romania6.105
59 Venezuela6.089
60 China6.083
61 Vietnam6.080
62 Bahrain6.035
63 Lithuania6.033
64 Jamaica6.022
65 Morocco6.018
66 Latvia6.008
67 Oman5.916
68 Estonia5.905
69 United Arab Emirates5.899
70 Libya5.849
71 Indonesia5.814
72 Saudi Arabia5.767
73 India5.759
74 Paraguay5.756
75 Jordan5.675
76 Nicaragua5.663
77 Pakistan5.646
78 Albania5.634
79 Dominican Republic5.630
80 Egypt5.605
81 Algeria5.571
82 Bolivia5.492
83 Tunisia5.472
84 Serbia and Montenegro5.428
85 Armenia5.422
86 Azerbaijan5.377
87 Georgia5.365
88 Iran5.823
89 Macedonia5.337
90 Guatemala5.321
91 Honduras5.250
92 South Africa5.245
93 Bangladesh5.229
94 Bosnia and Herzegovina5.218
95 Ghana5.174
96 Kazakhstan5.082
97 Syria5.052
98 Ukraine5.032
99 Moldova5.009
100 Belarus4.978
101 Uganda4.879
102 Turkmenistan4.870
103 Kyrgyzstan4.846
104 Botswana4.810
105 Russia4.796
106 Uzbekistan4.767
107 Tajikistan4.754
108 Nigeria4.505
109 Tanzania4.495
110 Haiti4.090
111 Zimbabwe3.892

Countries not listed[edit]

Many countries/territories, including most of the Least Developed Countries, are omitted from this ranking as there is insufficient data to produce a viable rank. Also not included are the European microstate countries (i.e. Holy See, San Marino, etc.).

See also[edit]

Measurement and metrics[edit]

Indices[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Quality-of-Life Index" (PDF). The Economist. Retrieved 2007-09-12.