NZ rated third in world for quality of life: UN report

15:43, November 05, 2010      

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New Zealand is rated third in the world for quality of life, behind Norway and Australia, according to the latest UN survey.

The UN's annual survey, the Human Development Report 2010 (HDR), was released by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN Development Program Administrator Helen Clark.

The survey aims to give a broader assessment of quality of life than just income - by including, health, education, gender equality and political freedom.

New Zealand was named 20th in the 2009 and this year is just behind Norway and Australia.

New Zealand's score has been rising by 0.5 percent a year between 1980 and 2010 from 0.786 to 0.907 today, placing it in " very high" category.

New Zealand's life expectancy is 80.6 years, average number of school years is 12.5, and gross national income per capita is 25, 438 U.S. dollars.

The nations which have risen most up the rankings in recent decades include "growth miracles" such as China, which has risen eight places in the last five years to 89th.

The report concludes rich countries have grown faster than poor ones over the past 40 years.

Source: Xinhua


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