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Norway Best, Zimbabwe Worst Places to Live: UN

November 5, 2010

The UN Development Program on Thursday released its latest human development index, which rated Norway, Australia, and New Zealand as the best countries in the world in which to live. At the other end of the scale were Niger, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and last-place Zimbabwe, which has been wracked by a financial crisis and an AIDS epidemic. Life expectancy was longest in Japan, 83.6 years, and shortest in Afghanistan, 44.6 years. The highest per-capita annual income, $81,011, was recorded in tiny Alpine Liechtenstein, while the figure for Zimbabwe was the world's lowest, $176. Only three countries had a lower human development index than in 1970: Congo, where fighting has raged for 20 years; Zambia, which has been hurt by the falling price of copper, its chief export; and Zimbabwe, where two years ago inflation hit 500 billion percent. Due to difficulties in gathering data, some countries, including North Korea, were not included in the ratings.

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Adapted from:
11.04.2010; Patrick Worsnip

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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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