Due to high numbers in life expectancy, years of schooling in the population and a high gross national income per capita, Norway once again tops the list of the best countries in the world to live in. This is the thirteenth time the Nordic country tops the prestigious ranking, followed by Switzerland, Australia, Ireland and Germany.
The most important takeaway from this year’s ranking is that the overall global trend is toward increased human development, with many countries moving up through the human development categories.
One of the countries that have an improvement on the Human Development Index is India. From 2016 to 2017, the country climbed one spot and is now ranked as number 130 out of the 189 countries listed. Since 1990, India has experienced an improvement of nearly 50%, something that has lifted millions out of poverty.
Also close to the top are Norway’s Nordic neighbours. Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland are all ranked close to the top. Some of the reasons for the Nordic countries doing so well on the overall rankings are high levels of trust in the societies, a high degree of cooperation, low levels of inequality as well as low levels of corruption and well-developed welfare-states.
This year’s HDI ranking is a reminder that the world is moving in the right direction, a development we hope will continue in the years to come.