Quality of life is the general well-being of individuals and societies, outlining negative and positive features of life. It mainly outlines life satisfaction, which includes physical health, family, education, employment, wealth, safety, security to freedom, religious beliefs, and the environment.
In a study conducted by the U.S. News & World Report, surveying a total of 20,548 people from 36 countries, Canada has been perceived to be the top country for quality of life for the fifth year in a row.
Countries were assess in nine different categories that were weighted to produce an overall score:
- Cultural Influence
- Open for Business
- Quality of Life
Switzerland came in first overall, but did not place top in any one category. Canada trails behind, ranking first for political stability, second for having a good job market, and fourth for having a well-developed education system. It also was ranked high for having a well-developed public health system.
In the Open for Business category, Canada placed third behind Luxembourg and Switzerland. These countries are perceived to be “business-friendly.” Assessment was done on their level of bureaucracy, corruption, government practices, manufacturing costs, and environmental tax.
In the Citizenship Category, Sweden topped the ranks, followed by Canada. Those who scored high in this were perceived to care about human rights, gender equality, religious freedom, and the environment. They are seen as progressive and trustworthy, as respecting property rights, and having well-distributed political power.
Canada ranked high for scoring zero out of 10 for perceived level of corruption, and a perfect 10 for transparent government.
Looking into these perceptions, we can then say that the True North is the new greener pastures. It is then no wonder that many people wish and strive to live in Canada.