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Norway 'number one place to live'

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    Norway 'number one place to live'

    Last Updated: Monday, 05 October 2009, 16:22 GMT
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    UN report says Norway has best quality of life on planet and Niger the worst

    Norway enjoys the world's highest quality of life, while Niger suffers the lowest, according to a UN report.
    The annual Human Development Index by the United Nations Development Programme, takes into account life expectancy, literacy, school enrolment and per capita gross domestic product in 182 countries.
    "A child born in Niger can expect to live to just over 50 years, which is 30 years less than a child born in Norway. Furthermore, the differences in per capita income are huge for every dollar earned per person in Niger, 85 dollars are earned in Norway," the report said.
    Norway was followed by Australia and Iceland on the list, which drew on statistics dating from 2007, before Iceland was hit hard in global economic crisis. Afghanistan and Sierra Leone rounded out the bottom of the ranking.

    The UK came 21st, Ireland 5th and the United States was listed 13th.
    Trends in the index since 1980 showed an average improvement of 15% in countries' scores. The greatest long-term improvements have been shown by China, Iran and Nepal, but progress has been concentrated in education and health rather than income, said the UN agency.
    Afghanistan is new to the list this year - reliable statistics were not previously available - but otherwise leaders and laggards are largely the same.
    However, five countries rose three or more places - China, Colombia, France, Peru and Venezuela - while seven countries dropped more than two places -- Belize, Ecuador, Jamaica, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Malta, and Tonga.
    The index was released as part of the UNDP's annual Human Development Report, which this year highlights migration.
    "Most migrants, internal and international, reap gains in the form of higher incomes, better access to education and health and improved prospects for their children," said the report. "These gains often directly benefit family members who stay behind as well as countries of origin indirectly
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