The Netherlands has been selected as one of the most desirable places to live. The Netherlands was nominated as the sixth best place in the world to live, according to a United Nations research.
Norway retains the number one spot in the annual United Nations human development index while China made the biggest strides in improving the well-being of its citizens.
The index compiled by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) ranks 182 countries based on such criteria as life expectancy, literacy, school enrolment and gross domestic product (GDP) per capita.
Norway, Australia, Iceland, Canada and Ireland take the first five spots while Niger ranks at the very bottom, just below Afghanistan.
The UNDP said the index highlights the grave disparities between rich and poor countries.
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.”
The top ten countries listed on the index are: Norway, Australia, Iceland, Canada, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, France, Switzerland and Japan.
The United States ranks 13th, down one spot from 2008.
source: AFP / Expatica