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Quality-of-Life Index

The Economist Intelligence Unit’s quality of life index is based on a unique methodology 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.

Methodology

The survey uses nine quality of life factors to determine a nation's score. 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: Dummy 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 climes. 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

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

Rank Country or territory Quality of Life Score
(out of 10)
1 8.333
2 8.068
3 8.051
4 8.015
5 7.937
6 7.925
7 7.911
8 7.810
9 7.797
10 7.727
11 7.719
12 7.618
13 7.615
14 7.599
15 7.436
16 7.433
17 7.392
18 7.347
19 7.307
20 7.268
21 7.259
22 7.163
23 7.097
24 7.095
25 7.084
26 7.048
27 6.986
28 6.934
29 6.917
30 6.877
31 6.789
32 6.766
33 6.702
34 6.629
35 6.624
36 6.608
37 6.534
38 6.488
39 6.470
40 6.469
41 6.462
42 6.436
43 6.417
44 6.403
45 6.381
46 6.368
47 6.361
48 6.309
49 6.301
50 6.287
51 6.279
52 6.273
53 6.217
54 6.177
55 6.172
56 6.165
57 6.163
58 6.106
59 6.090
60 6.084
61 6.081
62 6.036
63 6.034
64 6.023
65 6.019
66 6.009
67 5.917
68 5.906
69 5.900
70 5.850
71 5.815
72 5.768
73 5.760
74 5.757
75 5.676
76 5.664
77 5.647
78 5.635
79 5.631
80 5.606
81 5.572
82 5.493
83 5.473
84 5.429
85 5.423
86 5.378
87 5.366
88 5.344
89 5.338
90 5.322
91 5.251
92 5.246
93 5.230
94 5.219
95 5.175
96 5.083
97 5.053
98 5.033
99 5.010
100 4.978
101 4.879
102 4.870
103 4.846
104 4.810
105 4.796
106 4.767
107 4.754
108 4.505
109 4.495
110 4.090
111 3.892

Countries not listed

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.






































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