Australia Is Next to Norway As Per The Global Living Standards!

Based on the index (data collected before the global economic crisis hit), which included income, life expectancy and education, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) released a report that placed Norway in the top slot for its highest quality living standards. Norway was followed by the very popular Australia in the second position and Iceland in the third.

The UN’s Human Development Report 2009 undertook factors like life expectancy, school enrollments and income as the prime factors in order to determine the result in 182 countries. The top ten countries listed in the report are,

  • Norway
  • Australia
  • Iceland
  • Canada
  • Ireland
  • The Netherlands
  • Sweden
  • France
  • Switzerland and
  • Japan

It seems with an increased life expectancy by three months and income by four percent over a period of one year, Australia would not take much time to take the number one rank for quality of life. The United States slipped down one place and stayed at 13th position, while the UK retained the 21st slot.

Some of the countries that climbed places from the previous year’s report include,

  • Venezuela
  • Colombia
  • China
  • Peru and
  • France

Longer life expectancy, as well as greater earnings backed the improvement of these countries. Besides, Colombia, Venezuela and china are the countries boosted by improvements in education.

On the contrary, Niger, Afghanistan and Sierra Leone are countries listed in the bottom ten of the list. The quality of living in these countries is mostly affected by war and HIV/AIDS.

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