GFmag.com, the Global Finance website, presents a free database of information on political and social measures – including such topics as internet use, happiness rankings, press freedom, and population and mortality – with interactive maps and tools that help present the data in a user-friendly format.

Developed and designed by project coordinator Alessandro Magno and prepared by seasoned journalists Tina Aridas and Denise Bedell, each page presents facts, figures and information on a particular topic – allowing readers to delve deeply into the subject – along with useful links for further research.

The OECD defines a cost of living index (COLI) as an index that measures the change in the minimum expenditures that would be incurred by a utility-maximizing consumer, whose preferences or tastes remain unchanged, in order to maintaining a given ...

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There are a variety of different methodologies being used to study the relatively new field of Happiness Economics. Global Finance presents here results from the 2012 Happy Planet Index and the 2012 OECD Better Life Index with particular reference to ...

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The "best cities to live" are those that offer the best quality of life. European cities have dominated this ranking in the past and continue to do so in the 2011 Mercer Consulting Quality of Living Survey, occupying eight of ...

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In 2011, the percentage of people using the Internet around the world continued to grow. The International Telecommunication Union calculated that, by the end of the year, approximately 2.3 billion people were online. Penetration in Europe, already the highest in ...

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The concept of peace is difficult to define – and even more difficult to measure. However, since 2006 the Global Peace Index has defined peace as the "absence of violence" and has sought to determine what cultural attributes and institutions ...

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According to the OECD, broadband penetration is measured by the number of broadband subscribers per 100 inhabitants. Broadband connections comprise both fixed and wireless services offering connectivity with download speeds greater than 256kbit/seconds. Fixed services include DSL, Cable and Fibre. ...

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Data on population size, population growth, life expectancy, fertility and child mortality rates offers insights into the health of countries around the world and, as such, into their people's chances and ability to prosper. Over the years, it can also ...

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