Norway has been ranked the best country in the world to live in, for the 12th consecutive year by the United Nations.
UN has released this year’s Human Development Report in which Norway topped the list that constitutes 188 countries around the world.
The Human Development Index (HDI) is a measure of human development factors such as health and life expectancy, access to education and standard of living.
Jens Wandel, the head of the UN Development Programme, said:
“Norway has over time managed to increase its income, and at the same time ensured that incomes are relatively evenly distributed […] In addition, Norway has a high level of equality between men and women, and these things typically go hand in hand with a high human development level.”
Here are some of the factors why the Scandinavian utopia ranked the highest.
High Life Expectancy
The Norwegians live for long years with an average life expectancy at birth of 81.6 years. The public health expenditure is 9.6% of GDP, the highest on the planet, spending about $9,715 per citizen annually on health care.
Low disease rate
The people of Norway are immune to the deadly diseases like tuberculosis, malaria and HIV. The Norwegians have the best healthcare system with all hospitals being publicly funded. The report says that only 0.1% of the total population is at risk for any of the three diseases.
Better education system
As per the report, Norwegians average schooling is 17.5 years. The government provides public education at no cost and they have one of the highest adult literacy rates in the world.
The average income of a citizen is $64,992, which is $8000 more than an American.
Low crime rate
The country has the lowest homicide rate of 2.2% (per 100,000 people) in the world. Also, Norway has the least number of suicides, violence against women and prisoners.
Gender Equality and Employment
Norway ranks at 0.996 in gender equality and 62.6% in employment ratio. The gender equality index is measure of gaps in education, income, employment, life expectancy and other opportunities between men and women.
As per the UN report, Norway emits only 9.2% of CO2, which is half the amount of CO2 emitted by the US. The country is full of eye-catching landscapes and also has some of the purest water in the world. The country has the best eco-system on the planet, and the Norway pledged to reduce greenhouse gas by 40% in next 15 years.