For Quality of Life, Go To Norway or Australia

..so says a UN report on migration and development. In the United Nations Development Program’s Human Development Report 2009, published yesterday, 182 countries were ranked according to the Human Development Index (HDI), a composite measure of three dimensions of human development:

  1. living a long and healthy life (measured by life expectancy),
  2. being educated (measured by adult literacy and gross enrolment in education) and
  3. having a decent standard of living (measured by purchasing power parity, PPP, income).
Norway-Oslo Opera House

The Oslo Opera House - in Norway, the country with the best quality of life, according to the UN

SydneyOperaHouse

The Sydney Opera House - Australia was named runner-up

The agency claims that the HDI is more accurate than the GDP as a measure of human development, although it admits HDI does not by itself give a comprehensive measure of human development within a country. For instance, it does not measure sex or income inequality and degree of human rights.

Another downside – while the report was labeled 2009, it was really based on data collected for 2007. Therefore, it does not take into account the economic crisis which befell most of the world in 2008 and 2009. Even so, I feel Australia is one of the few countries which will not fall in the rankings, considering it never fell into economic recession, according to official trade data.

Here are some selected rankings:

United States         13

United Kingdom      21

Malaysia                  66

(You can obtain the complete rankings here)

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2 responses

  1. Doc,
    Technically they are probably correct. Unfortunately that is only from one perspective, not the “complete” picture. Then again, what maybe “complete” for one may not be so for another!
    Doctor2008 says:Go to the link at the end of the posting and click on your country of interest to read more comments about your country.

  2. Yay! Australia!

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