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Living Standards Today

Human Development Index

HDI is a combined statistic of GDP per head, adult literacy, life expectancy, average years of schooling and adult literacy to give an estimate of a country’s development and hence the quality of life for it’s citizens. It was first published by the UN Development Programme in 1990.

Going by the latest figures, these are the top ten countries as far as quality of life is concerned:

Norway, Iceland, Sweden, Australia, Netherlands, Belgium, Canada, United States, Japan, Switzerland.

Lowest Infant Mortality Rate

Probability of dying between birth and exactly one year of age per 1000 live births is expressed as infant mortality rate. The latest figures, from 2003, has the following ten countries as the countries with the least infant mortality:

Singapore, Japan, Iceland, Sweden, Finland, Andorra, Hong Kong, Belgium, Germany, Netherlands.

Global competitiveness

Global competitiveness of countries have been assessed based on criteria covering the openness of an economy, the role of the government, the development of financial markets, the quality of infrastructure, technology, business management and judicial and political institutions and labor-market flexibility. It shows the ability of a country to achieve sustained high rates of growth of GDP per head. The top ten countries in global competitiveness (2004) are: United States, Singapore, Canada, Australia, Iceland, Hong Kong, Denmark, Finland, Luxembourg, Ireland.

Highest Health Spending

Highest health spending is calculated for each nation as a percentage of their GDP. The top ten countries that spend the highest percentage of their GDP on healthcare as per the latest figures (2003) are: United States, Lebanon, Cambodia, Switzerland, Uruguay, Germany, Suriname, France, Argentina, Canada.

Highest Education Spending

Highest education spending is calculated for each nation as a percentage of their GDP. The top ten countries that spend the highest percentage of their GDP on education as per the latest figures (2003) are: Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Cuba, Denmark, Namibia, Malaysia, Sweden, Estonia.

Of the ten countries showing the highest quality of life, five are among the ten countries showing the least infant mortality rate, four are among the ten countries showing the greatest global competitiveness, three are among the ten countries who spent the most part of their GDP on healthcare and one is among those countries who have spent the greater part of their GDP on education. It is clear where the nation’s focus ought to be in order to attain a higher standard of living. Securing the life of children above all else is the shortest way to improving living standards and curbing poverty.

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