|Australia takes 2nd place in the Quality of Life Index 2010
Australia has taken second place in the Quality of Life Index 2010, an annual list compiled by regarded lifestyle magazine International Living.
Second only to France, Australia was considered ideal for its 'active and healthy' lifestyle, temperate climate and large beaches. Our quality health care system, infrastructure, stable economic environment, and relative avoidance of the recent Global Financial Crisis noted in the report.
Australia's strong economy has drawbacks for travellers and aspiring emigrants as a strong Aussie dollar has made holidays expensive for visitors. Our cost of living is considered cheaper than some other major cities around the world, according to the index.
France ranked first in the index for a fifth year in a row, citing its unsurpassable 'bon vivant' lifestyle and world class health care system as major attractions. The country's high taxes and a confusing bureaucracy were also mentioned.
Rather than calculating countries with the best value for money, the Quality of Life Index aims to order global destinations according to their positive lifestyle qualities by taking nine categories into consideration: Cost of Living, Culture and Leisure, Economy, Environment, Freedom, Health, Infrastructure, Safety and Risk, and Climate.
Quality of Life Index 2010 – The Top 10
5. New Zealand
7. United States