Friday, January 8, 2010

A Bit of Gloating

Now, now, those of you not living in Australia (with the exception of France), don't be jealous. It's not Angelina who said that but someone else.

Australian media today reported that Australia has taken second place in the Quality of Life Index 2010, an annual list compiled by regarded lifestyle magazine International Living.

The news in full: (source: 7News 08/01/'10)
Second only to France, Australia was considered ideal for its 'active and healthy' lifestyle, temperate climate and large beaches. Our quality health care system, infrastructure, stable economic environment, and relative avoidance of the recent Global Financial Crisis noted in the report.

Australia's strong economy has drawbacks for travellers and aspiring emigrants as a strong Aussie dollar has made holidays expensive for visitors. Our cost of living is considered cheaper than some other major cities around the world, according to the index.

France ranked first in the index for a fifth year in a row, citing its unsurpassable 'bon vivant' lifestyle and world class health care system as major attractions. The country's high taxes and a confusing bureaucracy were also mentioned.

Rather than calculating countries with the best value for money, the
Quality of Life Index aims to order global destinations according to their positive lifestyle qualities by taking nine categories into consideration: Cost of Living, Culture and Leisure, Economy, Environment, Freedom, Health, Infrastructure, Safety and Risk, and Climate. 

Quality of Life Index 2010 – The Top 10
1. France
2. Australia
3. Switzerland
4. Germany
5. New Zealand
6. Luxembourg
7. United States
8. Belgium
9. Canada
10. Italy


Now, I'm wondering if Mama still wants to retire in New Zealand. They're at Number 5! purrr....meow!

16 comments:

mamasita said...

Hey Cat..no need all these index2 thing for you.. Cats have 9 lives oi..no need to gloat2 laa..jealous we all nanti!

Cat-in-Sydney said...

Yummy Mummy,
That was the intention. To make people jealous...hehehe... purrr....meow!

Pi Bani said...

Amboi, a more seductive pose for your blog nampak? Has it got anything to do with the quality of life over there? ;)

p/s
Word veri says 'bimbo'. Ahaks!

Cat-in-Sydney said...

Aunty Pi,
I'm no bimbo but beauty with brain! Kat sini, so far, belum ada lagi orang bakar masjid ke, church ke, kuil ke... touch wood! purrr....meow!

Andrea Wh@tever said...

Wah! if No.2 on index = able to surf and blog all day long, I say we should all shift to Australia. But bushfires, how? Floods, how? Dust storms, how? My naggy sister Isabel, how? :D

pakmat said...

but they missed out on Bachok..which according to the feline world ranked a lil bit above nombor satu..sorry, my dear cat..pristine beaches..low cost of living..etc..hmm..Bachok has it all...

Cat-in-Sydney said...

Andrea dear,
In our suburb, there's no bushfire, flood, frequent dust storm or naggy sisters. It's a big country, mate. You can live in the same city as Isabel and the chances of you bumping into her is like one in a million. Unless you purposely seek her out. teeheehee... purrr...meow!

Cat-in-Sydney said...

PakMat dear,
Unfortunately, they rank by country, not district or state. Unless Bachok secede from Malaysia? *evil thoughts* purrr...meow!

kay_leeda said...

Huu..huuu...I wanna be at that no 2 place!! Unfortunately, I am over that age limit :(

Now must try for that no 5 :)

Cat-in-Sydney said...

Aunty Kay,
If you have loads of Vitamin "M", there's no age limit...hehehe... but you're welcome to visit us anytime. purrr....meow!

tireless mom said...

I dont know much about indexing your living. However I know that definitely Brad, Angelina and Mama have a very beautiful living together, no matter where they are. Purrr... Betul tak?

Cat-in-Sydney said...

Aunty Yatt,
Life's a beach! Come join our blissful life...hehehehe... purrr...meow!

Uncle Lee said...

'Hello Quantas Air? I would like 2 tickets to Australia, no return..... When? ASAP'.
Ha ha, Wayyyyyy to go, Australia.
Bondi beach here I come, Gday, Lee.

Cat-in-Sydney said...

Hallo Mr Lee,
No-lah. This is not Qantas Airline. It's breasty here. Haiya! You forgot me so soon, leh? Oooo, you going to Ostolia? Where you staying? Can we share hotel room with you all, ah? Sleep on the floor oso can. Ya-lah, as long as you pay. teeheehee....
Oh, by the way, about 50 blonde beauties in itsy bit polka dot bikini now waiting for you at Bondi. Just wear your Canon and nothing else. purrr....meow!

masterwordsmith said...

You are lucky! Take care and enjoy Aussie life!

Cheers

Cat-in-Sydney said...

Aunty Paula,
Trying very very hard.....purrrrr........blisss......