Standard Of Living By Country 2019

The standard of living refers to the level of wealth, comfort, necessities, and material goods available to a certain geographic area. Quality of life is the standard of health, comfort, and happiness experienced by a group.

The Social Progress Imperative is a not-for-profit organization that defines “social progress as the capacity of society to meet the basic human needs of its citizens, establish the building blocks that allow citizens and communities to enhance and sustain the quality of their lives, and create the conditions for all individuals to reach their full potential.”

The Social Progress Imperative uses the Social Progress Index to rank countries based on their quality of life. The Social Progress Index combines the scores of three main indexes:

  • Basic Human Needs (health care, sanitation, and shelter)
  • Foundations of Wellbeing (life expectancy and access to education and technology)
  • Opportunity (personal rights, freedom of choice, and general tolerance)

This suggests that GDP is not the only gauge for a higher standard of living; however, the top ten countries with the highest quality of life rankings are developed nations. Having a strong economy has a positive impact on providing the three indexes.

The table below also provides indexes for safety, health care, pollution, and climate, all factors that contribute to the quality of life, health, and happiness of a group of people.

Based on these factors, the ten countries with the highest quality of life are:

  1. Denmark
  2. Switzerland
  3. Finland
  4. Australia
  5. Iceland
  6. Austria
  7. Netherlands
  8. German
  9. New Zealand
  10. Sweden

Denmark has the highest quality of life index of 196.47. Denmark has high social mobility and impressive equality rates. Denmark scores very high in the “basic human needs” index, particularly in medical care and sanitation with scores above 99.0%.

The United States is ranked 13th in the quality of life index at 176.77. The US safety index and health care index are relatively low compared to other nations with a very high quality of life.

Below is a table with each country’s quality of life index, as well as their safety index, health care index, pollution index, and climate index.

Country Quality of Life Rank Quality of Life Index Safety Index Healthcare Index Pollution Index Climate Index Population 2019
Denmark1196.4775.2879.2220.7982.295,771,876
Switzerland2196.0878.8273.2321.3179.248,591,365
Finland3195.0677.2575.2711.5762.795,532,156
Australia4189.7357.376.8223.1594.225,203,198
Iceland5188.1276.8565.6615.6568.81339,031
Austria6187.8276.7779.4621.7880.368,955,102
Netherlands7186.4171.4675.6327.3487.5617,097,130
Germany8184.365.473.5828.4282.883,517,045
New Zealand9183.0759.1173.7123.4995.464,783,063
Sweden10180.5252.7969.4117.4573.5810,036,379
Norway11179.7866.4974.3620.2971.375,378,857
Estonia12178.2777.8368.4919.8864.281,325,648
United States13176.7753.2769.2335.7476.75329,064,917
Japan14176.4684.0980.4836.7885.26126,860,301
Spain15173.5668.9378.4239.1694.5546,736,776
Slovenia16172.3277.9963.7523.2176.112,078,654
Canada17169.4260.5271.2727.6655.7937,411,047
United Kingdom18166.7356.3674.8840.6387.7167,530,172
Croatia19164.6975.7765.629.0689.054,130,304
Portugal20164.4169.8971.6430.6597.5510,226,187
Qatar21164.298873.1761.6236.032,832,067
Belgium22160.8157.578.350.4885.9911,539,328
Czech Republic23160.3774.0174.4740.0977.1310,689,209
Lithuania24158.9865.1868.7929.8469.862,759,627
Ireland25158.3453.8251.4433.0288.594,882,495
United Arab Emirates26158.3284.4866.1352.9945.239,770,529
France27156.153.5578.3442.9189.7665,129,728
Slovakia28154.5370.8260.4640.6478.135,457,013
Latvia29153.5963.463.7332.8774.71,906,743
Cyprus30152.7270.3852.0654.1790.871,198,575
Israel31152.3469.2972.9756.9393.88,519,377
Saudi Arabia32151.7571.7860.0466.0741.4234,268,528
South Korea33151.1970.7683.5954.868.3951,225,308
Taiwan34146.5983.7886.8964.284.3823,773,876
Singapore35146.0972.371.0732.0657.455,804,337
Poland36145.970.3362.5252.8875.8537,887,768
Italy37143.8155.6566.5654.9791.2660,550,075
Belarus38137.8675.258.8743.7564.379,452,411
South Africa39135.7522.9863.2756.295.9758,558,270
Romania40135.7172.1654.9956.5577.6219,364,557
Greece41135.6160.7155.4852.4892.9310,473,455
Hungary42133.0664.5947.6247.5779.489,684,679
Bulgaria43130.2560.6955.0763.5781.227,000,119
Ecuador44128.0651.0970.8156.5792.5917,373,662
Uruguay45127.0147.6766.1545.5698.043,461,734
Turkey46126.4660.1469.968.6393.2683,429,615
Chile47123.852.8865.2265.190.2118,952,038
Bosnia And Herzegovina48122.5656.4352.3563.5380.483,301,000
Mexico49122.4447.4969.466.8887.55127,575,529
Argentina50121.0237.0469.8151.8998.2844,780,677
Malaysia51120.3939.3467.862.9257.9231,949,777
Georgia52118.4279.8251.7371.5584.23,996,765
Serbia53117.762.3752.0158.683.238,772,235
India54115.4157.6268.2175.5565.771,366,417,754
Jordan55110.7157.1165.4478.9589.0510,101,694
Lebanon57110.0756.6264.6687.6594.746,855,713
Panama58110.0454.5359.8663.9767.844,246,439
Colombia59109.9447.4667.6362.5796.6950,339,443
Pakistan60105.8355.4260.5174.7872.99216,565,318
Thailand61104.5458.7178.4474.0469.4569,625,582
Russia62104.0558.357.6463.4942.82145,872,256
Brazil63103.8730.5255.5956.194.25211,049,527
Morocco64103.6750.4739.3568.1486.0936,471,769
Ukraine65103.3250.9651.1365.5570.6943,993,638
Indonesia66101.953.7461.964.3963.76270,625,568
China6799.8763.364.1881.2478.911,433,783,686
Hong Kong6899.5881.966.9367.3483.647,436,154
Sri Lanka6989.4859.8572.9858.3859.1121,323,733
Philippines7088.2358.9166.4574.5560.81108,116,615
Peru7188.1435.4256.2684.697.6932,510,453
Kazakhstan7285.8835.7750.275.4239.7818,551,427
Egypt7385.4251.4744.7686.3191.98100,388,073
Vietnam7485.151.7855.2486.2971.2496,462,106
Iran7575.2250.9751.8678.0370.9982,913,906
Kenya7673.1437.6254.9874.0199.7952,573,973
Bangladesh7769.335.0242.5588.8171.29163,046,161