Professor John Weller
20 September 2012
Quality of Life
Humans are complex beings—our actions shape our futures and our quality of living. Quality of life can be determined by many different factors that all countries may have more of than the next. Once these factors are found and measured, by averaging each score (scores are based on a rating of 1-10), quality of life in each country can be measured on a basic scale. The score is based on life expectancy at birth, income per capita, family life, as well as crime rates, education, and medicinal advancements. The initial factors are weighted highest because they are the biggest factors in a successful life, though the latter are also key in determining quality of life.
The most important factor in determining quality of life is income per working person and wealth distribution. The income of each working person determines the quality of life in a country because the more wealthy a certain person or country is, the more material and luxury goods they can afford, as well as basic needs such as food, water, and shelter. Wealth distribution is another factor in quality of life in a country. A country such as Qatar may be extremely wealthy, receiving a 9.85/10 on the income scale, but they have just two wealth classes—the extremely wealthy and the poor. The wealth distribution is dismal in comparison to many other countries, which will decrease the quality of life in such countries.
Another large factor in calculating quality of life is health. Health is determined by life expectancy at birth as well as how sanitary the environment is in any given area. In some places, the two factors correlate, as an environment is cleaner, there may be a higher life expectancy: this is true in the case of Singapore, which has the highest rating of health on the Nation Ranking of quality of life because it has high birth rates due to its sanitary environment. This shows that health is a key factor in quality of...