We certainly are blessed to live in such an amazing country, some of the reasons Australians consider themselves lucky to live here include never having a civil war, great weather, fantastic beaches, abundance of natural resources, abundance of food – even in years of drought and flood, stable political system, mostly egalitarian society, clean and healthy environment, good education system, good infrastructure, affordable higher education, excellent health system available to everyone, good social security, tradition of freedom of speech, low corruption and a fair court system.
When it comes to choosing a place to live, there are several factors to consider – climate, transportation options, and crime rates, just to name a few. Although it’s hard to find a perfect match, a few select cities have the perfect combination of factors that make them the most livable in the world. The Economist ranked 140 major cities by averaging the results of five metrics: Stability, including the prevalence of petty and violent crime, the threat of terror, and the threat of military conflict Healthcare, including the availability and quality of healthcare, both public and private Culture and environment, including climate, level of corruption, level of censorship, and sporting availability Education, including the availability and quality of private education Infrastructure, including the quality of road networks and public transport, the availability of good quality housing, the quality of telecommunications, and the quality of water and energy provisions.
The most recent survey has 3 Australian cities in the top 10 of the world’s most livable cities in 2018. The number 2 city is Melbourne, number 5 is Sydney and coming in at number 10 is Adelaide. This is actually the first time in eight years, Melbourne, Australia, did not take the top spot on the list. If you’re wondering about American cities, you won’t find one near the top. Honolulu is the highest American city on this list at 23, and the next one on the list is Pittsburgh at 32. Australia is also ranked as the 3rd most liberal country of world and includes the civil and human rights in its constitution. As we know voting is also compulsory, so we are able to exercise our political opinion through the electoral process and the constitution guarantees a free and fair electoral process.
The taxation level in Australia is also viewed as low. Australia’s economic freedom score is 80.9, which makes Australia’s economy the 5th freest in the 2018 Index and well above the regional and world averages. The best measure of a country’s wealth is by looking at its gross domestic product or GDP, which shows how much money there is in the country but doesn’t take population into account. However more accurate would be to looking at the GDP per capita. A country with a high GDP per capita might have such a high cost of living that its people aren’t that rich at all. Australia is estimated to have the world’s 13th highest GDP and 11th highest GDP per capita (in US dollar terms) – (2017) Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), an international team of researchers have ranked the best and worst nations based on access to healthcare, and the quality of it, using a novel metric. Known as the Healthcare Access and Quality (HAQ) Index, it’s primarily derived from an assessment of the incidences of 32 causes of preventable death.
These include diseases you can avoid by getting vaccinated, cardiovascular diseases, surgery-treatable gastrointestinal conditions, a variety of cancers, and so on. Australia is ranked at Number 5 in the overall country rankings for healthcare. According to the latest WHO data published in 2018 the life expectancy in Australia is 81 years for males and 84.8 for females and total life expectancy is 82.9 which gives Australia a World Life Expectancy ranking of 6. Despite all these impressive statistics and “golden soil and wealth for toil” Australians are less happy than a year ago. The World Happiness Report puts Australia at No 10 for the satisfaction and cheerfulness of its citizens. Finland — with its cold, bleak weather, dull skies and high taxes is loving life and ranked the happiest in the world! Being an Australian is winning the lottery of life. Let’s ignore the “noise” and count our blessings. After all, there are no boats leaving Australia.