UN 2011 top best and worst countries to live in

The 2011 Human Development Index made by UN is out and it covers record 187 countries and territories, up from 169 in 2010, reflecting in part improved data availability for many small island states of the Caribbean and the Pacific.

This index is very useful for it analyzing each country from several points of view. Thus, we now have access to 2011 Human Development Report’s annual rankings of national achievement in health, education and income, released today by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

And the conclusions are very interesting. For instance, as we read in the press release, “The United States, New Zealand, Canada, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Germany and Sweden round out the top 10 countries in the 2011 HDI, but when the Index is adjusted for internal inequalities in health, education and income, some of the wealthiest nations drop out of the HDI’s top 20: the United States falls from #4 to #23, the Republic of Korea from #15 to #32, and Israel from #17 to #25.”. Also, “Other top national achievers rise in the IHDI due to greater relative internal equalities in health, education and income: Sweden jumps from #10 to #5, Denmark climbs from #16 to #12, and Slovenia rises from #21 to #14.”.

According to this top however the best 10 countries to live in are:

  1. Norway
  2. Australia
  3. The Netherlands
  4. United States
  5. New Zealand
  6. Canada
  7. Ireland
  8. Liechtenstein
  9. Germany
  10. Sweden

Top 10 worst countries to live in are all in sub-Saharan Africa:

10. Guinea
9. Central African Republic
8. Sierra Leone
7. Burkina Faso
6. Liberia
5. Chad
4. Mozambique
3. Burundi
2. Niger
1. The Democratic Republic of the Congo

The changes in countries rankings are also shown in this photo (click for a larger view).

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What do you think of this top?


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2 thoughts on “UN 2011 top best and worst countries to live in

  • 4 November, 2011 at 10:27

    Nice. I observe that could be worse than in Romania :))

    • 4 November, 2011 at 14:15

      Once you’ve traveled in many places of the world (or have close friends who did that) you’ll see that living here is not so bad. I have a biiiiiiiiiiiiiiig number of countries where I’d never relocate. In Romania we have many great things we don’t truly appreciate and we don’t really notice until we travel. You know: if it’s something usual for us is often unappreciated.


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