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05/10/2009Netherlands is ranked sixth best place to live
The Netherlands has been ranked as the sixth most desirable place to live, according to a recent United Nations research.Paris – The Netherlands has been nominated as the sixth best place in the world to live, reveals a United Nations research released Monday.
Norway retains the number one spot in the annual United Nations human development index while China made the biggest strides in improving the well-being of its citizens.
The index compiled by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) ranks 182 countries based on such criteria as life expectancy, literacy, school enrolment and gross domestic product (GDP) per capita.
Norway, Australia, Iceland, Canada and Ireland take the first five spots while Niger ranks at the very bottom, just below Afghanistan.
France -- which was not part of the top 10 last year -- returns to the upper echelons by moving up three places to number 8.
China 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 UNDP said the index highlights the grave disparities between rich and poor countries.
This year's index was based on data from 2007 and does not take into account the impact of the global economic crisis.
"Many countries have experienced setbacks over recent decades, in the face of economic downturns, conflict-related crises and the HIV and AIDS epidemic," said the UN development report's author Jeni Klugman.
"And this was even before the impact of the current global financial crisis was felt."
The top ten countries listed on the index are: Norway, Australia, Iceland, Canada, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, France, Switzerland and Japan.
The United States ranks 13th, down one spot from 2008.
AFP / Expatica
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