International Living magazine -- a US leading resource for helping
people live and travel overseas -- has released its 26th Annual Quality of
Life Index. According to IL's comprehensive analysis, France again offers
the greatest Quality of Life of any country, while war-torn Iraq remains in last place.
Despite high taxes, bureaucracy, and a high cost of living, France
returns after taking over the top position last year.
"France has a good climate, unspoiled countryside, and great health
care. And its capital, Paris, is arguably the world's most beautiful and
romantic city on earth," said Laura Sheridan, Managing Editor of
International Living magazine, who conducted the study. "Add to all this
the world-competitive infrastructure and you can understand why we'd name
France the world's best place to live."
To produce the annual index, International Living considers nine
categories: Cost of Living, Culture and Leisure, Economy, Environment,
Freedom, Health, Infrastructure, Safety and Risk, and Climate.
International Living uses statistics from a number of official government,
non-profit, and media sources for much of the number crunching.
The United States -- which had ranked at the top of the charts for an
impressive 21 consecutive
years until being dethroned in last year's survey --
regained its footing, and climbed back to the number 5 slot from number 7
in last year's survey.
International Living's 2007 Quality of Life Index Highlights:
4. New Zealand
37. United Kingdom
Other Highs and Lows
Lowest cost of living: Nauru (it's an island in the Pacific)
Infrastructure: United States
Most Corrupt: Haiti
Best for culture:
Best climate: Zimbabwe
Best to register a new company:
Longest life expectancy: Andorra