‘Best country’ ranking draws little attention

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It made front-page headlines more than a decade ago when Norway was first ranked as the best country in which to live by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). This week the ranking was reduced to a brief mention in Norwegian media, because it’s become so ordinary and expected.

The UNDP announced on Monday that Norway’s large investments in education and public health, income growth and the broad distribution of it, and high degree of gender equality propelled the country once again to the top spot on its list.

Norway was followed closely by Australia, Switzerland, Denmark and the Netherlands on the list. At the bottom of the list were the worst countries in which to live, and they were Niger, the Central African Republic, Eritrea and Chad.

newsinenglish.no staff