Canada No. 4 on UN quality of life ranking: Norway tops UN human development index
Canada ranks among the top places to live in the world, according to the United Nations which released its quality of life index Monday, placing Canada fourth among 182 rated countries.
Canada was bested by Norway, which took the top spot, followed by Australia and Iceland.
Canada ranked third last year, but has been at the top spot eight times.
Officially called the human development index, it measures criteria such as life expectancy, literacy, school enrolment, gender parity and the economy to get a snap shot of a country's quality of life.
With a life expectancy of 80.6 years, Canada ranked 11th in the category which was led by Japan at 82.7 years. Canada ranked 18th in the per capita Gross Domestic Product category with $38,812 U.S., well back of Liechtenstein and its $85,382US per capita GDP.
Afghanistan, where Canadian troops are currently fighting, ranked 181st in the world, but made the list for the first time since 1996. Life expectancy in Afghanistan ranked 172nd at 43.6 years of age.
Coming fifth on the list behind Canada was Ireland, followed by the Netherlands, Sweden, France, Switzerland and Japan.
The U.S. ranked 13th. Niger ranked last.
Canada last placed first in 2000.
The report's authors said the index looks beyond just the country's gross domestic product to a broader definition of well-being.
"For that reason, it is important to examine changes in the human development index over time. The human development index trends tell an important story in that respect. Between 1980 and 2007 Canada's HDI rose by 0.31 per cent annually from 0.890 to 0.966 today. HDI scores in all regions have increased progressively over the years," the report said.
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