Thanks to Qatar's oil and natural gas wealth,
citizens are among the most favored in the world, in
terms of gross domestic product (GDP) per inhabitant.
The social benefits are generous in international
comparison and there is a well-developed pension system.
Tightening in the public sector has meant that
residents have to pay symbolic fees for health care,
while foreign guest workers have been forced to pay
special health insurance and higher fees than Qatari.
However, in the autumn of 2013, the new emir launched a
long-term public health plan, which included, among
other things, the gradual introduction of a general
health care system, with free treatment for both Qatari
citizens and foreign guest workers. The plan now extends
to 2033 and has, among other things, led to the
construction of new hospitals. The hospitals are of a
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Official statistics for population in Qatar, including population growth, density, and estimation in next 50 years.
The fact is that the high standard of living of the
Qatari has also led to a number of common illnesses
becoming commonplace. One of the goals of a public
health study that has been going on since 2018 is that
all young people who are diagnosed with diabetes should
be in a national register. In the yellow states, the
tradition of marrying within the family (when more
people are at risk of inheriting the disease) belongs to
the risk factors, in addition to sedentary and
diet-related causes such as sweetened beverages.
According to a WHO report 2017, almost three-quarters of
adult Qatarians are overweight.
Women's rights have been strengthened since the end
of the 1990s and in the 2005 constitution, women are
formally equated with men. Higher education for women is
encouraged. In practice, however, there is violence
against women and discrimination against them, both at
home and in the workplace.
FACTS - SOCIAL CONDITIONS
6 per 1000 births (2018)
Proportion of population with access to clean
100.0 percent (2015)
Proportion of the population having access to
100.0 percent (2017)
Public expenditure on health care as a
percentage of GDP
3.1 percent (2015)
Public expenditure on health care per person
1 827 US dollars (2016)
Proportion of women in parliament
10 percent (2018)
Lifetime prison for poet
The poet Muhammad al-Ajami, who has been detained since November 2011, is
sentenced to life imprisonment for having in a poem forged the emir and thereby
tried to overthrow the government. The sentence should later be converted to 15
years in prison. In March 2016, he was released after being pardoned by the
Climate meeting in Qatar
Representatives from around the world meet to discuss climate issues in Qatar
as the UN Conference COP18 takes place in Doha. The meeting decides to extend
the Kyoto Protocol but otherwise no agreements are reached.
The Emir visits Gaza
Emir Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani becomes the first head of state to visit
Hamas- controlled Gaza, where Qatar previously donated $ 50 million after
Hamas's election victory. Qatar has had good relations with both the Palestinian
authorities and Israel. Now, however, the visit is being criticized by both
Israel and the Palestinian party al-Fatah, who believe that the visit gives
Hamas an undeserved legitimacy, which can shatter the Palestinian movement. The
visit to Gaza is considered by observers to be in line with Qatar's ambitions to
increase its influence in the region, with the help of strong finances, mainly
through support for the Sunni Muslim Brotherhood (see March 2011).
Taliban representation in Qatar
The Afghan Taliban movement opens an office in Qatar to facilitate contacts
with the outside world. The Taliban were driven from power in Afghanistan in
connection with the US invasion in 2001, but the Doha office is now approved by
US President Barack Obama and Afghanistan's leader Hamid Karzai.