Posted on: January 12, 2011 Posted by: Diane Swarts Comments: 0

The best places to live in Africa are Mauritius, Namibia, Botswana, South Africa,

Tunisia, DRC, Morocco, Trinidad and Tobago, rating 60% on a life quality scale.
Namibia attracted most praise for freedom, risk and safety in a 2011 list, rating 83% for political rights and civil liberties. On risk and safety, rating “extraordinarily difficult, notably unhealthy, or dangerous living conditions”, Namibia scores 82%.

Cost of living, economic opportunities, personal freedom, safety, leisure and culture are considered in the annual
Quality of Life Index, compiled by the Irish magazine, International Living.Top of the 2011 life quality list is the USA at 86%, followed by New Zealand and Malta at 76%, and France, Monaco and Belgium at 75%.
Somalia is at the bottom of the world citizen log at 28% in the 2011 index. Angola is low at 36%, Zimbabwe at 42%, Zambia 54%.

The best African countries are way ahead of the worst in Africa and worldwide, but still lag behind leading nations.

Namibia’s plusses include leisure and culture (79), climate (75) and cost of living (74).

The rating is a “guide to cost of living in a style comparable to, or better than, USA standard of living, using the USA Index of Overseas Living Costs as primary source, and taking into account national debt.

National culture rating

The culture category measures literacy rates, education as a percentage of gross domestic products (GDP), number of Unesco sites per square kilometer, and a subjective rating of the variety of cultural and recreational offerings.

Under climate, the index also considers the risk for natural disasters.

Namibia should improve its environmental impacts and health services. Here the country only managed to achieve 44 and 40 points.

Environmental impact rating

The index uses Yale University Environmental Performance Index (EPI), on 25 performance indicators, tracked across 10 policy categories covering environmental and public health, as well as ecosystem vitality.

Public health rating

Number of people per doctor, number of hospital beds per 1000 people, percentage of people with access to safe water, infant mortality rate, life expectancy, and public health expenditure as a percentage of GDP were used to determine a health score.

Namibia fares worse in infrastructure, getting a mere 12%, due to its vast surface.
Namibia’s performance in 2011 is slightly below that of 2010, when the country received an overall score of 63%.


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