UN Names Norway Best Place to Live

Niger, Afghanistan round out list of 182 nations; China makes big gains
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 5, 2009 2:39 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Norway is the best country in the world to live in, according to the UN’s human development index, and Niger is the worst, ranking just below Afghanistan. The index ranks 182 countries based on life expectancy, school enrollment, and GDP per capita. China came in at 92, up seven spaces since last year—a larger jump than any other nation. The US was at 13. UN officials stressed that the rankings are based on 2007 data and don’t reflect changes due to the global recession, AFP reports.

The best countries to live in:

  1. Norway
  2. Australia
  3. Iceland
  4. Canada
  5. Ireland
  6. The Netherlands
  7. Sweden
  8. France
  9. Switzerland
  10. Japan