The standard of living refers to the level of wealth, comfort, necessities, and material goods available to a particular geographic area. Quality of life is the standard of health, comfort, and happiness experienced by a group.
The Quality of Life Index presented here is based on eight indices:
- Purchasing Power
- Health Care
- Cost of Living
- Property Price to Income Ratio
- Traffic Commute Time
These eight factors provide overall quality of life index and rank.
On this page, safety, health care, pollution, and climate are featured.
The safety index considers how safe someone feels walking alone at night, concerns about robberies, car theft, and other crimes, and how prevalent drugs, property crime, violent crimes, and corruption and bribery are.
The health care index estimates the overall quality of the health care system, health care professionals, equipment, doctors, cost, and staff at health care facilities.
The pollution index is an estimation of the overall pollution in the country. Air pollution is given the most significant weight, followed by water pollution/accessibility to clean water.
The climate index is the climate likability of a given country. Countries with a climate index of 100 have moderate temperatures, low humidity, and no significant weather events or conditions.
Based on these indices, the ten countries with the highest quality of life are:
- Denmark (192.53)
- Switzerland (190.92)
- Finland (186.40)
- Australia (185.03)
- Netherlands (184.18)
- Austria (181.68)
- Iceland (180.74)
- New Zealand (178.22)
- Germany (177.25)
- Estonia (175.99)
The table below has each country’s index score for safety, health care, pollution, climate, and the overall quality of life index score.