Best Country to Live: List of Countries on 2009 UN HDI
The United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) released its 2009 Human Development Report, and ranked 182 countries in terms of the quality of life of their citizens, or the UN Human Development Index (HDI). The criteria included life expectancy, literacy rates, school enrollment, and the country's economy. Norway is ranked the first, followed by Australia and Iceland.
The data, however, were collected in 2007, before the global financial melt-down in 2008. Much has changed in countries such as Iceland, which experienced severe bank failure. However, Iceland's ranking is not expected to decline too much because of its high life expectancy and education standard.
Ranked the lowest were Niger, Afghanistan, and Sierra Leone.
Afghanistan was considered the second least desirable place to live in, with a life expectancy of 43.6 years, due to the war and civil unrest.
Here is the list of countries on the Human Development Report:
Top 30 on Human Development Index Ranking
- United States
- New Zealand
- United Kingdom
- Hong Kong, China (SAR)
- Korea (Republic of)
- Brunei Darussalam
Here is the original Human Development Report 2009 from UNDP.