7th January 2010
International Living Magazine has placed New Zealand in their Annual Top 10 for the last 2 years, regarding their annual “Quality of Living” Index which they dish out each January.
International Living have, according to their site, been
“Helping people live, travel and prosper overseas since 1979”
Last year we featured at Number 9.
How better then, than to back that up with a #5 position this year!
What’s this Quality of Living Index stuff about anyway?
Well, I’ll let them put it in their own words
Every January, we rank and rate 194 countries to come up with our list of the places that offer you the best quality of life. This isn’t about best value, necessarily. It’s about the places in the world where the living is, simply put, great.
To produce this annual Index we consider nine categories: Cost of Living, Culture and Leisure, Economy, Environment, Freedom, Health, Infrastructure, Safety and Risk, and Climate. This involves a lot of number crunching from “official” sources, including government websites, the World Health Organization, and The Economist, to name but a few. We also take into account what our editors from all over the world have to say about our findings.
Certainly great to know that in the big scheme of things, and set amongst a tough year, that our part of the world is appreciated.
And the “bigtime” agree here in their comments, is the “There’s a huge emphasis on sports, beach-life and healthy lifestyles” part.
After all we certainly do appreciate what we’ve got.