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Oct 12, 2009
UN Reveals Best Countries To Live In
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First world countries still dominate the top list of the best countries to live in, according to the United Nations’ Human Development Index (HDI). The HDI measures country’s life expectancy, literacy, education and standards of living.


For 2009, European countries headed by Norway, Iceland and Ireland were at the top spots while African countries such as Mali, Sierra Leone and Niger were at the bottom list.


This year's index was based on data from 2007 and does not take into account the impact of the global economic crisis.


“Many countries have experienced setbacks over recent decades, in the face of economic downturns, conflict-related crises and the HIV and AIDS epidemic," said the UN development report's author Jeni Klugman.


"And this was even before the impact of the current global financial crisis was felt," he added.


The report also showed how China managed to moved up and now at the 92nd spot due to its improving literacy and economy.


Colombia and Peru rose five spaces to rank 77th and 78th while France -- which was not part of the top 10 last year -- returns to the upper echelons by moving up three places to number 8.


The UNDP said the index highlights the grave disparities between rich and poor countries.


A child born in Niger can expect to live to just over 50, which is 30 years less than a child born in Norway. For every dollar a person earns in Niger, 85 dollars are earned in Norway.


The top 10 best countries to live in are:


  1. Norway
  2. Australia
  3. Iceland
  4. Canada
  5. Ireland
  6. Netherlands
  7. Sweden
  8. France
  9. Switzerland
  10. Japan


10 countries at the bottom are:

      173. Guinea Bissau

      174. Burundi

      175. Chad

      176. Democratic Republic of the Congo

      177. Burkina Faso

      178. Mali

      179. Central African Republic

      180. Sierra Leone

      181. Afghanistan

      182. Niger


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