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Quality of Life - Index

With the QLI – Quality of Life Index, we are trying to express life conditions for an average inhabitant in a certain country. It consists of six different subindices, each describing one of the factors that objectively influence the quality of life: health, education, wealth, democracy, peace and environment.  


QLI methodology

QLI consists of the following six subindices: 

Health Index:

Health of an average person, accessibility and quality of health care (20%)

·         Life expectancy on birth

·         Mortality rate for a certain health care (if available)

·         Mortality of infants

·         Access to health care

Education Index:

Education, accessibility and quality of education (20%)

·         The literacy rate among adults

·         Expected years of schooling

·         PISA results (if available)


Index of Economic Circumstances:

Economic circumstances of an average person (20%)

·         Gross domestic product (GPD) per capita


·         Gini rate of the national income 

Democracy Index:

Individual rights and freedoms (15%)

·         Freedom House index of political freedoms

·         Freedom House index of civil freedoms


·         Freedom House freedom of the press index 

Peace Index:

Protection from criminal, repression and armed conflicts (15%)

Index of Global peace

Environment Index:

Quality and protection of the environment (10%)


·         Environmental Performance index 

Detailed methodology (PDF)  

More on QLI methodology

In contrast to other similar indices, QLI does not only measure average, but it aims at representing the wellbeing of an average man. For example, most calculations use GDP per capita for determining economic circumstances. However, this could be bias for the countries in which most of the wealth is held by a few individuals, which does not improve the quality of life of an average person. For more specific results, there has to be a measurement for the distribution of wealth. So, in QLI methodology, the index of economic circumstances combines GDP per capita with gini rate that measures the distribution of wealth, in order to rate the real wealth of an average individual.

Similar methods are used when applicable. QLI reflects the current situation and does not try to predict anything. As such, the methodology does not take into account dynamic factors such as growth, but it presents the visible results. Additionally, QLI does not take into consideration the factors of questionable significance, especially the factors of life quality relevant to only certain ideologies. It also does not use the data provided by the state. Finally, QLI does not take into account immeasurable elements such as culture and climate which can influence quality of life in a subjective way. 

All indices are based on the data available since January 1st, 2011.

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