Ranking of best countries to live in worldwide

7th November 2011, Comments 3 comments

The 2011 UN Human Development Index ranks the Netherlands third on the list of the best countries to live in.

Holland has ranked third on a United Nations list of the best countries to live in. The UN Human Development Index put Norway and Australia ahead of the Dutch on the 187-country list which assesses long-term progress in healthcare, education, child welfare, literacy, annual income and life expectancy.

The Democratic Republic of Congo was last on the list, while Zimbabwe - last year's worst country to live in - moved up to 173rd place.

The UN development programme UNDP criticised wealthier nations for backtracking on their commitment to alleviate poverty in developing countries. The problems arising from environmental issues worldwide need acute attention, the UNDP added.

The economic boom generated by emerging powers China and India did not reflect in their rankings - they ranked 101st and 134th respectively.

The UNDP report also released its so-called ‘inequality-adjusted' list, a "measure of the average level of human development of people in a society once inequality is taken into account". On the amended list, the Netherlands moved down a rank to fourth place, followed by Iceland and Ireland. Sweden is third on this list.


Ranking of Expatica countries, from highest to lowest:

Germany: 9
Switzerland: 11
Belgium: 18
France: 20
Spain: 23
United Kingdom: 28
Portugal: 41
Russia: 66
South Africa: 123


Source: RNW

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3 Comments To This Article

  • Ariel posted:

    on 30th August 2012, 03:18:56 - Reply

    [Edited by moderator] It's a list of EXPATICA countries and their ratings, and if you're wondering what Expatica countries are they're on the lefthand side of the screen. They skipped the countries that aren't Expatica countries, such as the USA, and went straight to those that were. Meaning, if (and this is only an example) Norway was number one and America was number two, they would ignore those but put the Netherlands as number three since that's what it is listed as.
  • Billy from New York posted:

    on 6th December 2011, 21:18:26 - Reply

    What a dumb list , what the Hell does it mean, why isn't the USA mentioned ? America is certainly better than most of the countries that are mentioned. But who could understand it anyway. It is truly stupid.
  • dick buttkiss posted:

    on 12th November 2011, 16:53:45 - Reply

    what does this strange list mean ? why not # 1 country # 2 country and so forth - stupid