Norway has topped the United Nations’ global list of the best country to live in for the eighth year running.
According to the 2010 Global Human Development Report (GHDR), released yesterday in New York, Norway ranks first out of 169 countries with a score of 0.938. This is a slight decline in comparison to 2009, when Norway scored 0.971.
Life expectancy in Norway is 81 years and the average Gross Domestic Product per capita is USD 58,810, the report shows. The average person also attends school for 12.6 years.
The study methodology was also modified this year. Besides the classic indicators of life expectancy, GDP per capita, literacy rate and level of education, this year's survey takes account of new evaluation criteria relating indirectly to development, and inequality (disproportionate distribution of income, medical services and access to education), the index of gender equality and poverty.
Thus, Norway fits into the category of countries with "very high" human development, along with countries such as Australia, New Zealand, the United States and Ireland.
At the end of the list in the category of countries with "low" human development, are countries such as Mozambique, Burundi, Niger, The Democratic Republic of Congo and Zimbabwe.