Quality of Life:

In the 2008 Quality of Life Index, Jordan was ranked as having one of the highest quality of life in the Arab World. Jordan also has one of the highest standard of living in the developing world with a highly educated population with access to advanced healthcare services in urban and rural areas. Jordan ranked as having the 11th highest standard of living in the developing world and the second highest standard of living in the Arab and Muslim World as measured by the Human Poverty Index-2. Also, Jordan ranked in the top 30 nations worldwide, including developed countries, according to the Human Poverty Index-1. This was a major accomplishment of Jordan being that it ranked higher than the much more affluent Persian Gulf states, like the United Arab Emirates and Qatar. Jordan is a noticeably clean country with an extremely low crime rate. In addition, Jordan is one of the most politically stable and liberal countries in the Middle East.

The 2010 Quality of Life Index prepared by International Living Magazine ranked Jordan as having the highest quality of life in the Middle East and North Africa Region. To produce this annual Index, International Living considers, for each of these countries, nine categories: Cost of Living, Culture and Leisure, Economy, Environment, Freedom, Health, Infrastructure, Safety and Risk and Climate. Jordan ranked first in the MENA with 55.0 points followed by Kuwait with 54.47 points, Morocco with 54.45 points, and Lebanon with 54.3 points.

Jordan spends 4.2% of its GDP to guarantee the well being of its citizens- more than any other country in the region. Life expectancy and public health levels in Jordan are comparable to the West with 86% of the population on medical insurance and plans to reach 100% by 2011. Also, the Social Security Corporation (SSC) is working to increase social security subscribers across the Kingdom with public sector workers currently covered and working to include private sector employees as well. After employees in the Kingdom receive coverage, the SSC will then expand to include Jordanian expatriates in the Gulf states and then students, housewives, business owners, and the unemployed. The Social Security Corporation plans to have 85% of the population covered under the social security umbrella by 2011.

In 2008, the Jordanian government launched the "Decent Housing for a Decent Living" project aimed at giving poor people and even Palestinian refugees the chance at owning their own house. Approximately 120,000 affordable housing units will be constructed within the next 5 years, and an additional 100,000 housing units can be built if the need arises.

The main obstacle to Jordan's development is its troubled economy, but recent reforms have given the country an unprecedented economic boom. Several aspects of Jordan's quality of life include:

-Jordan has a highly educated workforce.

-Excellent health infrastructure.

-Relatively open socio-political environment.

-Reliable infrastructur.

-A moderate climat.

-A growing econom.

-Diverse ethnic and religious backgroun.

-Political stability.

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