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Norway best for the good life: UN report

The going only seems to get better in Norway which on Thursday was named by the United Nations as the country with the best quality of life for a record-matching eighth time.

The UN’s annual A-to-Z of global wealth, poverty, health and education highlighted in its 20th anniversary edition though that despite “growth surges” in the Asia-Pacific region, it is becoming ever more difficult to break into the rich club of nations.

Oil-rich Norway — with its 81.0 years of life expectancy, average annual income of 58,810 dollars and 12.6 years of schooling — has now topped the Human Development Index (HDI) for all but two years since 2001.

It is not the best in any individual category — average income in Liechtenstein for example is a wallet-busting 81,011 dollars — but Norway’s all-round performance gave it a crushing superiority in the UN Development Programme (UNDP) annual rankings.

Australia, New Zealand, the United States and Ireland took the following places in the top five. Zimbabwe came bottom of the 169 nations ranked, behind Mozambique, Burundi, Niger and Democratic Republic of Congo.

Zimbabwe, where in stark contrast life expectancy is just 47 years and per capita income 176 dollars, has come bottom of the table for the past five years.

DR Congo, Zambia and Zimbabwe have seen their HDI value fall below 1970 levels in the four decades since, said the study.

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