- Quality-of-Life Index
Economist Intelligence Unit’s quality of life index is based on a unique methodology that links the results of subjectivelife-satisfaction surveys to the objective determinants of quality of life across countries. The index was calculated in 2005and includes data from 111 countries and territories.
The survey uses nine
quality of lifefactors to determine a nation's scorecite web
title = The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Quality-of-Life Index
publisher = "The Economist"
url = http://www.economist.com/media/pdf/QUALITY_OF_LIFE.pdf
format = PDF
accessdate = 2007-09-12 ] . They are listed below including the indicators used to represent these factors:
# Health: Life expectancy at birth (in years.) Source: "US Census Bureau"
# Family life: Divorce rate (per 1,000 population), converted into index of 1 (lowest divorce rates) to 5 (highest). Sources: "UN"; "Euromonitor"
# 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"
# Material well being: GDP per person, at PPP in $. Source: "Economist Intelligence Unit"
# Political stability and security: Political stability and security ratings. Source: "Economist Intelligence Unit"
# Climate and geography: Latitude, to distinguish between warmer and colder climes. Source: "CIA World Factbook"
# Job security: Unemployment rate (%.) Source: "Economist Intelligence Unit"
# Political freedom: Average of indexes of political and civil liberties. Scale of 1 (completely free) to 7 (unfree). Source: "Freedom House"
# 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
legend|#b9b9b9|No Data111 countries and territories were included in the 2005 Quality of Life Index.
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.
Notes and References
OSCE countries statistics
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