Best Countries

Every so often the U.N. publishes a report on the "Best Countries to Live In".
The ranking is based upon a Human Development Index and (surprise!) the HDI is based upon
  • Life expectancy at birth, as an index of population health and longevity
  • Knowledge and education, as measured by the adult literacy rate (with two-thirds weighting) and the combined primary, secondary
    and tertiary gross enrollment ratio (with one-third weighting).
  • Standard of living, as measured by the natural logarithm of gross domestic product per capita.
The latest report was released in December, 2008 and has these rankings

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RankCountry
1Iceland
2Norway
3Canada
4Australia
5Ireland
6Netherlands
7Sweden
8Japan
9Luxembourg
10Switzerland
11France
12Finland
13Denmark
14Austria
15U.S.A.
16Spain
17Belgium
18Greece
19Italy
20New Zealand
21U.K.
22Hong Kong
23Germany
24Israel
25S. Korea
26Slovenia
27Brunei
28Singapore
29Cyprus
30Kuwait