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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Human Development Indicators

A new report from the UN has shown where in the world is the most desirable, and least desirable place to live. The 182 countries featured in the report, were ranked according to the quality of life their citizens experienced.

The results of the report, showed that the most desirable place in the world to live, is Norway, while the least desirable is Niger.

Criteria examined in the report, included life expectancy, literacy rates, school enrolment and country economies.

The UN Development Programme said the index highlighted the grave disparities between rich and poor countries.

Looking at Norway, the reason for its consistently high rating for desirable living standards, is, in a large part, thanks to the discovery of offshore oil and gas deposits in the late 1960s.

Whereas looking at Niger, it is a drought-prone country which has sometimes struggled to feed its people.

A major difference between the two countries was life expectancy. In Niger, the life expectancy was 50 years, approximately 30 years shorter than it is for those living in Norway.

Another huge difference, is that for every dollar earned per person in Niger, US$85 was earned in Norway.

The below infographic has looked at the Human Development report, and shows the differences between the two countries in terms of factors such as estimated yearly income, female to male income, and government education expenditure per pupil.