The United Nations human development index is a criteria that measures factors such as literacy rates, life expectancy and gross domestic product (GDP) per capita. The 2009 HDI which was released on Monday, has found that Norway is the best place to live in the world.
China has made the biggest strides in improving the well-being of its citizens. It moved up seven places on the list to rank as the 92nd most developed country due to improvements in education as well as income levels and life expectancy.
The top ten places were taken by Norway, Australia, Iceland, Canada, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, France, Switzerland and Japan respectively, whist Niger was ranked bottom, just ahead of Afghanistan.
To put the data in context, a child born in Niger can expect to live to just over 50, which is 30 years less than a child born in Norway, and for every dollar a person earns in Niger, 85 dollars are earned in Norway.
The United States was ranked 13th, which is down one place on last year.
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