The Economist Intelligence Unit
The Economist Intelligence Unit is part of the Economist Group.It is a research and advisory company providing country, industry and management analysis worldwide and incorporates the former Business International Corporation, a U.S. company acquired by the parent organization in 1986...
’s quality-of-life index
is based on a unique methodology that links the results of subjective
Subjectivity refers to the subject and his or her perspective, feelings, beliefs, and desires. In philosophy, the term is usually contrasted with objectivity.-Qualia:...
life-satisfaction surveys to the objective
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determinants of quality of life across countries. The index was calculated in 2005 and includes data from 111 countries and territories
The survey uses nine quality of life
The term quality of life is used to evaluate the general well-being of individuals and societies. The term is used in a wide range of contexts, including the fields of international development, healthcare, and politics. Quality of life should not be confused with the concept of standard of...
factors to determine a nation's score. They are listed below including the indicators used to represent these factors:
- Healthyness: 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: 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 climates. 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
111 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
Least developed country is the name given to a country which, according to the United Nations, exhibits the lowest indicators of socioeconomic development, with the lowest Human Development Index ratings of all countries in the world...
, are omitted from this ranking as there is insufficient data to produce a viable rank. Also not included are the European microstate
A microstate or ministate is a sovereign state having a very small population or very small land area, but usually both. Some examples include Liechtenstein, Malta, Monaco, Nauru, Singapore, and Vatican City....
countries, which would presumably rank highly if included.
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MANSA is a scale used to assess quality of life. Its name is short for Manchester Short Assessment of Quality of Life. It was developed by Priebe et al. in 1999. The creators of the scale found the results of the scale to be comparable to the Lancashire Quality of Life Profile.The MANSA consists of...
Manchester Short Assessment of Quality of Life
- Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe statistics
1 These countries are currently not participating in the EU's single market , but the EU has common external Customs Union agreements with Turkey , Andorra and San Marino . Monaco participates in the EU customs union through its relationship with France; its ports are administered by the French...
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