Ranking of countries in the world by standard of living 2021
Numbeo published an up-to-date ranking of countries in the world in terms of living standards for 2021. The complete list contains 83 states. We present to your attention a table with data and the top 10 countries in terms of quality of life in 2021.
The standard of living in the countries of the world is estimated by various indicators, and GDP per capita is only one of them. Assessing countries in terms of where to live well, , which has been collecting statistics around the world for many years, focuses on a number of criteria:
- freedom to make life choices
- trust in social and political institutions,
- healthcare level,
- as well as social programs as a sign of a healthy community that takes care of its own.
Quality of life index in the countries of the world 2021
|Place||Country||Standard of living||Purchasing power||Security||Healthcare||the cost of living||Property Availability||road traffic||Ecology||Climate|
|24||United Arab Emirates||156.03||85.74||84.65||68.02||61.67||4.93||36.31||50.44||45.23|
|46||Bosnia and Herzegovina||125.71||42.56||56.99||53.48||38.56||10.75||25.89||60.71||80.48|
Top 10 countries by standard of living 2021
• Norway's social system is one of the best in the world and includes free education and healthcare. This is evidenced by the results of school exams, which show a small discrepancy between the grades of students from low- and high-income families. In the UN Human Development Index, Norway has repeatedly ranked first.
• Unlike Western countries such as the US and much of Europe. divided over internal divisions, Norway appears to be moving in a positive direction. Most of the citizens of this country are satisfied with their government.
• What Norway is doing right:
- Achieved gender equality: both men and women take paid leave to care for newborn children. Gender equality has been made possible by the government's emphasis on high-quality kindergartens.
- Humane penitentiary system with a very low recidivism rate.
- Achieving cooperation at the national level, with the active role of the state.
- Norwegians work about 37 hours a week and take long paid holidays.
- Norway consistently tops international comparisons on issues such as democracy, civil and political rights, and freedom of expression and the press.
9 New Zealand
In the country of amazing landscapes, which are known to our compatriots from the blockbuster "The Lord of the Rings", there are only 4,9 million people – and 30 million sheep.
• New Zealanders take their own security very seriously and act immediately when something threatens them. After the 2019 mosque attacks, it took just six days for the government to completely ban semi-automatic weapons.
• And a few months later, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern introduced the country's first ever Welfare Budget. This document has extremely good goals: improving the living conditions of the population, reducing emissions of harmful gases into the atmosphere, eliminating child poverty, and so on.
One of the most populous countries with a difficult history in the XNUMXst century is thriving: it has a highly skilled workforce, a good level of well-being, provided by one of the most developed economies in the world.
• German telecommunications and infrastructure are at a very high level, as is the level of cultural entertainment available to the population. No wonder Germany is the birthplace of many eminent cultural figures.
• This small northern country with a tiny population of 356 people regularly finds itself in the top 10 of various ratings – from gender equality, then the most peaceful and safe, then the most environmentally friendly, then the happiest.
• Icelanders are also very educated: they not only publish the largest number of books per capita, but also every tenth of the inhabitants of the country, no, no, and even write his own.
• Add to this the stunning beauty of the scenery, low taxes, completely free healthcare and education. Why not heaven on earth?
• Australia has very good results in many indicators in the ranking of living standards. The population there shows high civic activity, its income is above the average in the world.
• The level of the ecological state of the environment, the health care system, the provision of housing, the unemployment rate, as well as purely social criteria – the number of social ties and a sense of personal security – do not lag behind well-being.
• Australia sags in terms of such an indicator as the balance of free time and work. Apparently, to get all the benefits described above, you have to work hard.
• Compared to the results of the ranking of countries in terms of living standards, Austria has moved up one position.
• In this country with a population of 8,7 million people, low unemployment and social inequality. The per capita income ($56352 according to the data) is very high, and you can enjoy this income for many years – fortunately, the life expectancy of the Austrians is also high.
• The excellent quality of life of Austrians goes hand in hand with their strong sense of civic community: the country's electoral participation rate reaches an impressive 75%. The Austrians also care about the environment, they believe that its health is directly related to the welfare of the country.
• The top four countries in terms of quality of life are opened by a small northern country bordering Russia. Finland has a very low level of corruption and more forest per square kilometer than any other European country.
• An interesting fact: not so long ago, the Finnish national travel agency launched a universal lottery called Hire a Finn. The winners got the opportunity to travel for three days to this blessed country, where Finnish guides will teach them how to enjoy life by fishing, hiking in the forest and picking berries. As the Finnish proverb says: “When others go to psychologists, the Finn puts on rubber boots and goes to the forest.”
3 The Netherlands
• According to the results, this small Western European state has risen in the ranking by one point, and in 2021 it improved its result by another 2 lines. The country has high horizontal and vertical mobility, which means that the Dutchman can become whoever he wants.
• The Dutch are so satisfied with their country and themselves that even teenagers there are not as anxious as in other countries. Based on local surveys, 94% of young people aged 12 to 18 are very satisfied with their lives.
• True, the mood of the Dutch is a little overshadowed by the eternal threat of the sea and the increase in its level caused by global warming. According to experts, if a black day comes for Holland, about 26% of the land will be under water – these lands are located below sea level.
• From 2018 to 2020, Denmark held the honorable first place in the list of the best countries in the world in terms of living standards, but in 2021 it was surpassed by longtime rival Switzerland. The Scandinavian countries are not the worst place to live anyway (they have similar social and political social models), but Denmark is the best among them, according to Numbeo.
• The Danes have many reasons to be happy: their country scored high in terms of work-life balance, they care about the environment, they have excellent healthcare. And they also have one hundred percent literacy of the population and one of the lowest gaps in the level of well-being between different social strata.
For two years in a row, Switzerland has been ranked second in the Numbeo quality of life rankings, and in 2021, it finally took the lead. 8,4 million people live in the country, and the landscapes there are of wondrous beauty, as if from greeting cards.
• In addition to beautiful views, Switzerland is distinguished by a high level of environmental cleanliness, the most modern infrastructure and a developed economy.
• Particular attention is paid to the healthy diet and lifestyle of the Swiss, so the country has one of the lowest rates of obesity – only 8%. And Switzerland hasn't been in a war since 1847.
Russia's place in the quality of life ranking
Our country is on the 67th line, between Azerbaijan (66th place) and Colombia (68th place). The closest neighbors – Ukraine and Belarus – are in 59th and 60th places, respectively. Russia can be classified as a state with a moderately good quality of life.
• Somewhat different data from the Social Progress Index. There Russia is in 69th position, between Moldova and Paraguay. Ukraine and Belarus are still ahead of our country (63rd and 47th places respectively).
• The most prosperous Russian cities in terms of quality of life were Moscow, St. Petersburg, Grozny, Kaluga and Kazan. Such conclusions based on the results were made by the Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation.