India 88th best country to live in: Survey

A survey found India is the 88th best country in the world to live, ahead of Russia and China.

Last Updated: Jan 10, 2010, 10:43 AM IST

New Delhi: India has moved up 35 places to
become the 88th best country in the world to live, leaving
behind nations like Russia and China, according to a survey.

The rise has made India the second best place after
Bhutan to live in the sub-continent, according to the 2010
Quality of Life Index, published by travel magazine
International Living.

Overall, France topped the poll for the fifth consecutive
year, followed by Australia, Switzerland, and Germany. The US
lost four positions to end at seventh.

Sweden has been dubbed as the costliest country in the
world to live by the index.

In 2009, India was the fourth best country in South Asia
after Bhutan, Maldives and Sri Lanka.

The index, published for the 30th year, ranks 194 nations
in nine categories: cost of living, culture and leisure,
economy, environment, freedom, health, infrastructure, safety
and risk, and climate.

India has not only improved its overall position in the
tally, but has also gained around 25 points in the cost of
living category. This year the country got 65 points compared
to 40 last year.

"The figure relates to how much it will cost one to live
in a style comparable to or better than the standard of
living you`re likely enjoying in the US," the magazine says.