Quality-of-Life Index


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 scorecite web
title = The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Quality-of-Life Index
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] . 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

ee also

*OSCE countries statistics


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