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%.