Europese topper: Denmark 1 ( )

Nederland: 6 ( )

België: 23 ( )

Aantal landen opgenomen in de ranking: 71


The Quality of Life Index from Numbeo measures the quality of life of a country. It does so on the basis of purchasing power, pollution, the ratio of house prices and income, local prices, safety, healthcare, commuting and the climate. It should be noted that Numbeo is a collaborative database and that this data consequently comes from users. The data about Belgian prices, for example, comes from 696 users, who, in total, have entered 6,101 prices, divided over 55 goods or services.


Denmark leads the ranking and scores excellently across the board. The only sub-index where they do not score in or around the top 10 (often even the top 5) is the local climate. The high-fliers here are first and foremost South American and Mediterranean countries, as well as Australia and New Zealand, Denmark clearly would be the odd one out. The cost of living is also quite high in Denmark, but they compensate this with high wages and, consequently, high purchasing power.

Belgium is in 23nd place, far below the Netherlands (6). This is due, among other things, to a poor score for commuting time (39), a good score on the ratio of house prices and wages, and an excellent score for healthcare (4).

Numbeo, “Quality of Life Index by Country 2019”

Year 2018 mid-year
1 Denmark
2 Switzerland
3 Finland
4 Australia
5 Austria
6 Netherlands
7 Iceland
8 Germany
9 New Zealand
10 Norway
11 Estonia
12 Japan
13 United States
14 Sweden
15 Slovenia
16 Spain
17 United Kingdom
18 Canada
19 Qatar
20 United Arab Emirates
23 Belgium