2010 International Living Quality of Life Index
Every January, International Living magazine rates 194 countries in 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, The Economist, Freedom House, United Nations, etc. Following are the current rankings:
5. New Zealand
7. United States
24. Czech Republic
25. United Kingdom
It is interesting to note that International Living scores all the above countries in the "Freedom" category at 100% - with the exception of the United States and Italy, which only scored 92% in the areas of political rights and civil liberties.