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"The Economist” ranks Israel 23rd for quality of life

One of the reasons for Israel’s high rating is its long life expectancy and low rates of disease and mortality.

Zeev Klein    19 Sep 2005   14:20

Israel's quality of life is higher than that of Singapore, Slovenia, South Korea, Argentina, Hungary, Poland, and Mexico, but lower than that of Hong Kong, Germany, France, the UK, and the Netherlands, according to a quality of life index published by the the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).

EIU put Israel in 23rd place out of 177 countries, and in 25th place in per capita GDP. Norway was rated highest on the quality of life index, followed by Australia, Canada, Switzerland, the US, and Japan.. The countries placed at the bottom of the index were China, Turkey, South Africa, India, and Nigeria. The quality of life index is based on a number of variables, including health and per capita GDP.

South Africa has fallen by 35 places to 120th place since 1990, due to the high occurrence of AIDS there, although the country's per capita income places it among advanced Western countries. One of the reasons for Israel's high rating is its long life expectancy and low rates of disease and mortality. 

Published by Globes [online] - http://www.globes.co.il/ - on September 19, 2005

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