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Quality of Life

What’s it like to live in these countries? Without being able to experience it ourselves, we can get some sense of life there by looking at some countable and comparable data. How does your country cope with people on the margins of society?

Netherlands: Caucasian 83%, other 17%

Australia: Caucasian 92%, other 8%

U.S.: Caucasian 63%, other 37%

education costs (tuition and fees)

http://www.ireg-observatory.org/pdf/HESA_Global_Higher_EducationRankings2010.pdf

Australia $8,000

Netherlands $3,000

USA $14,000

guns per 100 residents

nl 3

au 22

us 112

bikes per capita

 

  • People: 16,652,800
  • Bicycles: 16,500,000
  • Cyclists: ~99.1%

In the Netherlands 27% of all trips and 25% of trips to work are made by bike

 

  • People: 310,936,000
  • Bicycles: 100,000,000
  • Bicylists: ~32,2%

 

In the USA only 0,9% of all trips are made by bike.

in Australia 1% of all trips are made by bike.

 

country QoL hap t bel safe CI pr hom sui cap hc dr ep hrs vac oly
Malaysia  36  56  7.1 96 22 69  1.3  2.3 1  2  1  18 n/a  n/a  8-16  5,000 My
Vietnam  68  63  4.3 30 45 52 1.4 3.3 n/a  25  n/a  n n/a  n/a 10 45,500 Vn
China 49 93 4.4 17 73 42 1.2 1.1 8 470 1 18 3.3  n/a 5-15 300 Ch
India 66 111 3.1 79 50 47 0.3 3.4 11 0 1 18 3.2  n/a 12 6,000 In
Thailand  50 36 4.7 94 66 37  3.8 5.0 8  1  1  20 n/a  n/a  6 2,750 Th
Indonesia 71 76 6.6 99 49 47 0.6 0.6 24 1 2 21 4.0  n/a 14 8,900 Ind
Japan  25 43 2.9 25 88 20 0.5 0.3 22  8  1  20 1.4 1735  10-20  285 Jp
S Korea 19 41 2.9 33 85 17 0.9 0.4 32 0 1 19 2.4 2163 15 180 SK
N Korea ~6.0 15.2 1 18 n/a  – 18 510 NK
Australia 2 10 5.5 33 49 42 1.5 1.0/238 11 0 1 18 1.7 1665 30 47
N’lands 8 4 4.2 32 62 31 0.8 0.7/125 8 0 1 16 2.9 1419 20 43 NL
U S 16 17 5.9 65 48 48 7.0 5.0/12,200 12 42 3 21 0.2 1790 none 120 US

QoL – quality of life

The Economist’s 2013 Quality of Life Index. Our table shows the rank order number of each country out of 111 as an aggregate of nine quality of life factors. The lower the number, the higher the comparative quality.

  • Material well-being as measured by GDP per capita (in $, at 2006 constant PPPS)
  • Life expectancy at birth
  • The quality of family life based primarily on divorce rates
  • The state of political freedoms
  • Job security (measured by the unemployment rate)
  • Climate (measured by two variables: the average deviation of minimum and maximum monthly temperatures from 14 degrees Celsius; and the number of months in the year with less than 30mm rainfall)
  • Personal physical security ratings (based primarily on recorded homicide rates and ratings for risk from crime and terrorism)
  • Quality of community life (based on membership in social organisations)
  • Governance (measured by ratings for corruption)
  • Gender equality (measured by the share of seats in parliament held by women)

hap – happiness

World Happiness Report 2013 published by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network. Our table shows the rank order number of each country out of 156 as an aggregate of seven happiness factors. The lower the number, the higher the comparative quality. The report breaks down happiness into a base happiness and then the happiness added by other factors:

  • wealth
  • social support
  • health
  • freedom to make life choices
  • generosity
  • perceptions of corruption

Bhutan is the best known example where the government has adopted the objective of maximizing its Gross National Happiness (GNH) Index. This is a very broad measure with 124 different components. It is very much an indicator of the “colors and texture”10 of people’s lives. The GNH Index acts as a measure of progress and by looking at those components that drag down overall GNH, it shows where policy changes are most needed. These changes can be implemented at the individual, community or country level.

Many countries are following Bhutan’s lead.

Top 16 countries:

1 – 4

  • Denmark
  • Norway
  • Switzerland
  • Netherlands
5 – 8

  • Sweden
  • Canada
  • Finland
  • Austria
9 – 12

  • Iceland
  • Australia
  • Israel
  • Costa Rica
13 – 16

  • New Zealand
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Panama
  • Mexico

t – teach – How many people are teachers?

NationMasters’s Primary Teachers per Capita. Our table show the number per 1,000, including full-time and part-time teachers, per capita, not per student.

bel – believers

The Gallup poll asked: “Is religion important in your daily life?” The table shows the percentage of people in that country responding “yes”.

safe – safety

Nationmaster’s Feels safe walking alone at night. Percentage reporting yes.

CI – crime index

Numbeo’s Crime Index is an estimation of overall level of crime in a given city or a country. Crime Levels up to 50 are reasonable, and crime index levels more than 100 are too high.

pr – prisoners

How many people are in prison? Wikipedia’s List of countries by incarceration rate. Our table show the number per 1,000. See also the NY Times interactive graphic.

hom – homicides

Wikipedia’s List of countries by homicide rate. Not all of our countries were on that list, so I supplemented it with Nationmaster’s Murder Rate. When they disagreed, I used the higher number. The tables shows the number per 100,000.

sui – suicides

The World Health Organization’s list of suicide rates by country. By a ratio of anywhere from 3:1 to 5:1, more males than females commit suicide. To adjust for different population sizes, and thus different absolute numbers, the table shows the number per hundred thousand per year.

Suicide is a global phenomenon in all regions of the world; in fact, 75% of global suicide occurred in low- and middle-income countries in 2012. Suicide accounted for 1.4% of all deaths worldwide, making it the 15th leading cause of death in 2012.

cap – capital punishment

The number of “verifiable judicial executions” in the last year: worldwide total: 1,514. Source: NationMaster’s Executions

hc – health care

Wikipedia’s List of countries by health care coverage

  • 1 Nations with some type of universal health care system.
  • 2 Nations attempting to obtain universal health care.
  • 3 Nations with no universal health care.

dr – drinking age

What’s the legal drinking age? Wikipedia’s List of countries by legal drinking age. Vietnam’s “n” is for “none”

ep – employment protection

How hard it is to fire employees. Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)‘s Strictness of employment protection, A country with a higher number has more protections for employees. In a country with a low number, it is very easy for a company to fire employees.

hr – hours worked

The OECD’s Average annual hours actually worked per worker

vac – vacation

How much paid vacation time must workers get? Wikipedia’s statutory minimum vacations. Our table shows the number of days of vacation required by law at a minimum, not including national holidays.

oly – Olympic medals

Wikipedia’s All-time Olympic Games medal table. Our table shows persons per medal, that is, the number in thousands of people in the country now per both Summer and Winter Olympic medals all-time. The U.S. has the most medals, by far. But we also have a lot of people. This is a spurious statistic, that is, it is not a fair comparison because it favors countries that have been participating in the Olympics longer than other countries.

If you’re interested in healthcare worldwide, I recommend the Univ. of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation’s Global Burden of Disease Visualizations.

Drug use

country alc opioids opiates pre- scribed opioids cocaine cannabis
annual
cannabis
lifetime
amphet- amines ecstasy
Malaysia 0.9 n/a 1.6 Malaysia
Vietnam 0.3 n/a 0.3 Vietnam
China 5.91 0.25 0.3 n/a n/a n/a 0.3
2 metros
0.6 n/a China
India 0.20 n/a 0.4 n/a n/a 3.2 n/a n/a India
Thailand 7.08 0.20 0.1 n/a < 0.1 1.2 1.4 0.3 Thailand
Indonesia 0.59 0.16 0.2 n/a < 0.1 0.4 0.2 0.2 Indonesia
Japan 0.1 0.1 1.5
4 metros
Japan
S Korea 14.80 0.08 0.2 n/a < 0.1 0.3 0.1 <0.1 S Korea
N Korea n/a n/a n/a n/a 0.6 n/a n/a n/a N Korea
Australia 12.2
Netherlands 10.05 1.26 0.3 n/a 1.2 7 22.6 0.3 0.3 Netherlands
United States 9.44 5.90 0.6 5.60 2.4 13.7 51.6 1.5 1.4 United States

alc – Wikipedia’s List of countries by alcohol consumption. Our table shows the number of liters of pure alcohol.

others: United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime’s World Drug Report. and the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA)’s European Drug Report. Annual prevalence of use as percentage of population 15-64

Approximately 80 percent of the global opioid supply is consumed in the United States.

https://ppsg.medicine.wisc.edu/chart