UN Human Development Rankings

3 12 2007

Iceland earned the top spot in the United Nations new Human Development Index rankings. The index is an assessment of well being in three areas, health and life expectancy, how well educated the general population is, and how many people have a decent standard of living. Other factors such as economic and political inequality are not factored into the index.

Though the United States came in 12th, no other country anywhere near its size came closer to the top spot. In fact, for what its worth, I doubt that any of the top 25 countries in the index are a third of the size of the U.S. current population, which is about 300 million people.

  1. Iceland
  2. Norway
  3. Australia
  4. Canada
  5. Ireland
  6. Sweden
  7. Switzerland
  8. Japan
  9. Netherlands
  10. France
  11. Finland
  12. United States
  13. Spain
  14. Denmark
  15. Austria
  16. United Kingdom
  17. Belgium
  18. Luxembourg
  19. New Zealand
  20. Italy
  21. Hong Kong, China (SAR)
  22. Germany
  23. Israel
  24. Greece
  25. Singapore
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