Year after year, Japan consistently ranks as one of the top countries for life expectancy. These top 10 facts about life expectancy in Japan is a reflection of economic developments that occurred since World War II.
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Based on these indices, the ten countries with the highest quality of life are:
The health care index estimates the overall quality of the health care system, health care professionals, equipment, doctors, cost, and staff at health care facilities.
The Quality of Life Index presented here is based on eight indices:
The climate index is the climate likability of a given country. Countries with a climate index of 100 have moderate temperatures, low humidity, and no significant weather events or conditions.
The pollution index is an estimation of the overall pollution in the country. Air pollution is given the most significant weight, followed by water pollution/accessibility to clean water.
The standard of living refers to the level of wealth, comfort, necessities, and material goods available to a particular geographic area. Quality of life is the standard of health, comfort, and happiness experienced by a group.
On this page, safety, health care, pollution, and climate are featured.
According to Singapore’s founding father Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore has been able to attract some 9000 multi-national companies, because it offers First World conditions in a Third World region. Good governance is having a good system that will ensure the country survives, so that citizens have secure lives.
The World Economic Forum positions Singapore’s economy as one of the most open in the world. The country is also known for its low tax regime. In Singapore, personal income tax rates start from 0% and capped at 22% for residents while non-residents are taxed between 15% and 22%. The corporate income tax rate in Singapore is approximately 8.5% for profits up to S$300,000 and a flat 17% above S$300,000. The GST or VAT rate is at 7%. Furthermore, there is no dividend tax, no estate duty, and no capital gains tax.
Political & Social Environment
Singapore’s retail sector experiences brisk trading conditions practically all year round. With an increase in disposable income, housing boom and aggressive retail promotion, people spend on luxury items, automotive and household items like furniture and other consumer durables. Hence, every retailer is setting up shop in Singapore. Both fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) such as packaged food, cosmetics, toiletries, household products, etc., and luxury brands are easily available. Many consumer durables have become basic necessities in Singapore.
Quality of life is often used as a shorthand for measuring how good one feels about one’s life. There are formal procedures for calculating this measure that includes factors such as economic, social, physical, political and spiritual well-being. Singapore may be the smallest country in Southeast Asia but it has emerged as one of the best places to live in Asia with a very high quality of life measurement.
Singapore’s population enjoys one of the highest levels of health and nutrition in Asia. The country is also renowned for its world-class health infrastructure, technological advancements in the healthcare industry, expert doctors and specialists. The healthcare environment is clean, efficient and safe. Singapore has adopted a public-private partnership in healthcare financing. Central to this system is the ‘Medisave’, where every working resident has to make a mandatory monthly contribution to the Medisave portion of his Central Provident Fund account. This can then be used for payment of medical expenses. The government on its part provides good, affordable health-care and subsidised medical services to the needy, at public hospitals and clinics. Apart from registered pharmacies, pharmaceuticals are easily available in super-markets, shopping centres and departmental stores. Drugs are safe for consumption and have a high standard of quality. All medical practitioners are registered with relevant bodies.