Which factors influence the national quality of life

Quality of life indicators

The dimensions of quality of life are presented in the report "How’s Life"[1] summarized and describe the quality of life in the OECD countries. In order to take into account the special circumstances of Swiss cities and to better represent the location attractions, the dimensions of the quality of life have been added Infrastructure and services, mobility and Culture and leisure expanded. In addition, the topics economic context and demographic context map the economic and population structure of the cities.

The characteristics of these dimensions can vary depending on the spatial structure of a city or region. The regionalization of the concept of quality of life is also mentioned in the OECD report "How’s Life in Your Region"[2] picked up. Eurostat has published a number of indicators in the online tool "Regions and Cities Illustrated" since 2017.

The quality of life is a multidimensional concept in which the dimensions are interconnected. For example, a good education can lead to a higher income and thus have a positive influence on the living situation.

Each individual strives for a good quality of life, but the individual design of the quality of life is very different. The quality of life is also shaped by the structures and offers that are available in a city. In addition to classic economic factors such as the tax rate, the quality of life is an important pillar of the attractiveness of a city as a location. The quality of life therefore plays an important role in urban development policy, because it is it that attracts private individuals and companies and thus generates capital for development.

[1] OECD (2011), How’s Life ?: Measuring well-being, OECD Publishing

[2] OECD (2014), How's Life in Your Region ?: Measuring Regional and Local Well-being for Policy Making; OECD Publishing, Paris