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Countries With Best Quality Of Life & Career Opportunities

Whenever we analyse the living conditions, of any region then we firstly look at the standard of living, cost of living, amount of opportunities it has in present & what it will provide in the future - these are some of the basic areas on which we focus to measure the quality-of-life in a region, or on a larger scale, we analyse these areas to understand the standard or quality of living in a particular country.


Countries With Best Quality Of Life
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Now you may ask 

How the living standards & other factors which decide the quality of life could impact your Productivity?


If this question comes up in your mind then the answer here is quite straight forward, 


Better Quality Of Life means Better Opportunities, The best opportunities will help you achieve your goals more easily which ends up making your life more productive & result oriented. You could realise Why People from Developing Countries migrate to Developed Countries or a Fast Developing Country to pursue their career in the respective fields or Simply to have a better living. This is all because A fast developing economy or a developed economy provides greater scope in the field of your studies, more wealth & better living standards.



Now, The Economist Intelligence Unit which is the research and analysis division of Economist Group has provided an Index also known as, Where-to-be-born index.

which helps in measuring which country will provide the best opportunities for a Healthy, Safe and Prosperous life in the years ahead.


To determine the rank of different countries in The Where-to-be-born index, it considers ten quality of life factors along with forecasts of future GDP per capita.


the following are the various quality of life factors taken into consideration.


1. Life Expectancy


2. The Quality of Family Life based primarily on Divorce Rates


3. Political Freedoms


4. Unemployment Rate


5. Climate of the Region


6. Personal Physical Security Rating


7. Quality of Community Life


8. Level of Corruption


9. Gender Equality


As we have now understood the factors considered to develop this Index, let's take a look at The Top 10 Countries With Best Life Opportunities & Quality Of Life: 


NOTE: If you would like to look at the entire list of countries & respective scores of each country then you could visit Wikipedia by click HERE


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10. We have Ireland with a total score of 7.80 out of 10


The life expectancy in Ireland is around 82.35 years. when it comes to divorce rates, it stands at 0.6% a year for every 1,000 people. The unemployment rate calculated recently is 5.0% approx.

In the global gender gap index, Ireland has a score of 0.798 & occupies the 7th position in the world.

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9.  Its Canada with a total score of 7.81 out of 10

If we compare this score to Ireland's then, it's only a difference of 0.01 in the final score.

The life expectancy in Canada is 82.52 years. In Canada, marriage and divorce information has not been published since 2008 but as per researchers, The divorce rates for 2016 is close to 6 divorces for every 1,000 marriages.

The unemployment rate is calculated to be 7.47%.

In the global gender gap index, Canada has a score of 0.772 & occupies the 19th position in the world.

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8. This position goes to The Netherlands with a total score of 7.94 out of 10

The life expectancy in the Netherlands is 82.20 years. The divorce rate is close to 2 for every 1,000 people.

The unemployment rate is calculated to be 4.3%.


In the global gender gap index, The Netherlands has a score of 0.736 & occupies the 38th position in the world.

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7. We have Denmark with a score of 7.95


The life expectancy in Denmark is 80.82 years. The divorce rate is 3 for every 1,000 people.

The unemployment rate is close to 4.91%.


In the global gender gap index, DENMARK has a score of 0.782 along with Costa Rica & occupies the 14th position in the world.

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6. With a score of 7.99 out of 10, Sweden takes the 6th position


The life expectancy in Sweden is 82.72 years. The divorce rate is 2.4 for every 1,000 people.

The unemployment rate is close to 6.48%.


In the global gender gap index, Sweden has a score of 0.820  & occupies the 4th position in the world.

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5. It's New Zealand with a score of 8.01


The life expectancy in New Zealand is 82.21 years. The divorce rate is 2 for every 1,000 people.

The unemployment rate is 4.07%.


In the global gender gap index, New Zealand has a score of 0.799  & occupies the 6th position in the world.

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4. In the 4th position, we have Singapore with a score of 8.02


The life expectancy in  Singapore is 83.53 years. The divorce rate is 1.9 for every 1,000 people.

The unemployment rate is 4.11%.


In the global gender gap index, surprisingly Singapore has a score of 0.724 along with the United States which is, low compared to the other countries occupying the top positions & its placed in the 54th position in the world.

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3. Norway with a score of 8.09


The life expectancy in  Norway is 82.33 years. The divorce rate is 1.9 for every 1,000 people.

The unemployment rate is 3.35%.


In the global gender gap index, Norway has a score of 0.842 & occupies the 2nd position in the world.


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2. Australia, with a score of 8.13


 If we compare the score to its neighbour New Zealand than its a difference of 0.12.

The life expectancy in  Australia is 83.35 years. The divorce rate is 2 for every 1,000 people.

The unemployment rate is 5.18% though recently due to COVID-19, there is a sharp rise in the unemployment rate to 7.62%. But we do expect this to recover soon.


In the global gender gap index, Australia has a score of 0.731 & placed in the 44th position in the world.


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1. Finally, coming to the country in the 1st position Drum roll please, its Switzerland with a score of 8.39


Now that's a score difference of 0.26 when compared to 2nd place Australia.

The life expectancy in Switzerland is  83.70 years. The divorce rate is 2 for every 1,000 people.

The unemployment rate is 4.58%.

In the global gender gap index, Switzerland has a score of 0.779 & placed in the 18th position in the world.


Hopefully, this article has given you some important insights related to the quality of life :)



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