Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Country Comparisons: Quality of Life

2010 International Living Quality of Life Index

Every January, International Living magazine rates 194 countries in nine categories: Cost of Living, Culture and Leisure, Economy, Environment, Freedom, Health, Infrastructure, Safety and Risk, and Climate. This involves a lot of number crunching from "official" sources, including government websites, the World Health Organization, The Economist, Freedom House, United Nations, etc. Following are the current rankings:

1. France
2. Australia
3. Switzerland
4. Germany
5. New Zealand
6. Luxembourg
7. United States
8. Belgium
9. Canada
10. Italy
11. Netherlands
12. Norway
13. Austria
14. Liechtenstein
15. Malta
16. Denmark
17. Spain
18. Finland
19. Uruguay
20. Hungary
21. Portugal
22. Lithuania
23. Andorra
24. Czech Republic
25. United Kingdom

It is interesting to note that International Living scores all the above countries in the "Freedom" category at 100% - with the exception of the United States and Italy, which only scored 92% in the areas of political rights and civil liberties.


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