Human Development Index
United Nations, in its 2010 report, names Australia as the second best place in the world to live. Norway is number 1 (Australia and Norway are separated by the statistically insignificant 0.001). China is ranked 89 out of 169 countries.
The human development index measures just 1. life expectancy; 2. years of schooling, and 3. income per capita. Notably it says nothing about the environment, or about suicide rates.
One critic points to the cultural biases in the measure. Norway comes in first because it measures 'how Scandinavian your country is'. So, Australia is just like Norway apparently, except for the sun, surf and sand. Which isn't measured. :)
[Note to johnb (the new go-to man) - posting still not working.]
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