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Comparing quality of life January 25, 2005 3:58 PM

How would one go about comparing the quality of life in various countries? GDP per person obviously isn't a great indicator as $1 will buy you different quantities of food in different countries, and it doesn't take into account how hard people work for that money.  [ send green star]
 
Alex Micholos January 25, 2005 4:26 PM

is realtively well known in the academic circles dealing with that very subject. I know him quite well since we have worked (volunteers) together on community sustainability and healthy community projects within this community. here are some links. His presentation gives you a bit of an overview if you are new to this topic. http://www.gao.gov/npi/obsknpi.pdf his bio, in case you are interested http://www.rsc.ca/index.php?page=bio_michalos&lang_id=1&page_id=111 A bit closer to you home, a system used in New Zealand for comparing communities http://www.bigcities.govt.nz/indicators.htm The UN also reports on this sort of work based on nation to nation comparison .... Canada was on top for several years, but just went down a few notches in the past one.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 January 25, 2005 4:28 PM

Do you think Canada may have been at the top because it benefitted economically by bordering the US while at the same time discarding the worst aspects of American society?  [ send green star]
 
Ireland on top last year ... January 25, 2005 4:37 PM

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6529893 trying to locate the list .... That may be partially true .. we sepnd only 1% of GDP on military and that is quite an issue in this country ... we should probably be in the 2% range. But that is only 1%. We have lower crime rates, lower infant death rates, longer life expectancy, fewer people living below the poverty line, etc .... we have less internal friction, (inspite of Quebec) ... etc.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Here's the report January 25, 2005 4:43 PM

http://www.economist.com/media/pdf/QUALITY_OF_LIFE.pdf looks like canada dropped considerably over the previous year..... and the land of OZ is ahead of us now ...  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 January 25, 2005 4:43 PM

So your Canadian? We have a similar problem with NZ. I don't think they have an air force any more. I think they are hoping that anyone who wants to invade them will have to go through Australia first, so people see them as relying on our military and not pulling their own weight. So someone started a politcal party in the last election called enslavenz.  [ send green star]
 
I just looked at that January 25, 2005 4:51 PM

and it obviously is not the UN one I had in mind. Gotta go now, will look for it later tonight sometime, unless you can find it. cheers  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
yup .. a canuck, eh ... January 25, 2005 4:54 PM

married to a US national from Boston, via NYC and LA .... so she is learning to look at things a bit differently ... ...  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
quality of life survey March 16, 2005 8:36 PM

thanks Joachim http://www.mercerhr.com/pressrelease/details.jhtml/dynamic/idContent/1173105 http://www.mercerhr.com/attachment.dyn?idContent=1129750&filePath=/attachments/English/QOL_top50.pdf  [ send green star]
 
Best and Worst Places April 30, 2006 8:39 PM

http://www.etaep.org/bestplaces.html

Zurich was crowned No. 1 for the fourth year running based on 39 criteria that included a variety of political, social and economic factors such as the quality of health, education and transportation services and even the quality of schools, bars, restaurants. Cities in Canada, Europe and Australia dominated the rankings, with almost half of the top 30 cities located in Western Europe.

Top 10 Cities With the Best Quality of Life:

    1.        Zurich, Switzerland
    2.        Geneva, Switzerland
    3.        Vancouver, Canada
    4.        Vienna, Austria
    5.        Auckland, New Zealand
    6.        Düsseldorf, Germany
    7.        Frankfurt, Germany
    8.        Munich, Germany
    9.        Bern, Germany and Sydney, Australia (tie)


Cities With the Worst Quality of Life (in descending order):

    •        Baghdad, Iraq
    •        Bangui, Central African Republic
    •        Brazzaville, Congo
    •        Khartoum in Sudan
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Australia good for mums: report May 09, 2006 6:40 PM

http://www.news.com.au/story/0,10117,19086277-29277,00.html

Humanitarian organisation Save the Children has ranked 125 countries worldwide, determining Sweden as the best place for a mother and her child, based on issues of health and education.

Australia has ranked seventh, equal with the Netherlands, while Canada was ninth and the US and UK tied for 10th.

The other top-ranked countries were also Scandinavian countries, with Denmark and Finland tying for second.

The bottom 10 countries were dominated by sub-Saharan African nations, with countries including Niger, Chad, Yemen and Sierra Leone considered the worst nations in which to be a mother.

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Aussies 'deprived' of holidays May 24, 2006 12:13 AM

http://finance.news.com.au/story/0,10166,19242008-31037,00.html

The French top the list with an average of 39 annual leave days.

And almost 40 per cent of them claim they feel better about their job after returning from leave.

The Germans are in second place with 27 days and the British get a generous 24 days.

Meanwhile, Canadians, Australians and Americans receive an average of 19, 17 and 14 days.

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Sydney not so polite: world survey June 20, 2006 2:28 AM

http://www.news.com.au/story/0,10117,19533645-29280,00.html

In an unprecedented study, Reader's Digest sent undercover reporters to each city.

In every location, they staged scenarios to see if people would hold open a door, say "thank you" after making a sale in a shop, or help someone pick up papers dropped in a busy location.

Top billing for politeness went to New York, which overcame its reputation for being brusque and confrontational to score in the top five in all three tests.

Ranked below New York but above Sydney were cities including Zurich (2), Auckland (7), London (15) and Manila (21).

Overall, the least courteous city was India's Mumbai.

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Vanuatu tops wellbeing and environment index July 11, 2006 11:44 PM

http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,,1818161,00.html

The most deservedly happy place on the planet is the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu, according to a radical new index published today.

The United Kingdom does not even make it into the top 100, according to the survey, which has been compiled to draw attention to the fact that it is not necessary to use up the earth's resources to achieve long life and happiness.

The innovative global measure of progress, the Happy Planet Index, has been constructed by the New Economics Foundation (Nef) and Friends of the Earth using three factors: life expectancy, human wellbeing and damage done via a country's "environmental footprint".

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anonymous  July 14, 2006 3:01 PM

How many people live in Vanuatu not many. Plus its isolated so maybe they have been saved from the mainstream. I hear South Americans have been on the happy list several times. What are the testing factors other then qualtiy of life, quanitity of life, health and etc.? Also mental factors and death factors and govt. conditions would mean alot.   [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
 
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