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Norway tops UN’s development list

September 08, 2005

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VIENNA, Sept 7: Norway is the world’s most developed country and Niger the least, according to the UN report released on Wednesday. The human development index uses life expectancy, literacy and gross domestic product as its measure.

The top 20

  • 1 Norway

  • 2 Iceland

  • 3 Australia

  • 4 Luxembourg

  • 5 Canada

  • 6 Sweden

  • 7 Switzerland

  • 8 Ireland

  • 9 Belgium

  • 10 United States

  • 11 Japan

  • 12 Netherlands

  • 13 Finland

  • 14 Denmark

  • 15 United Kingdom

  • 16 France

  • 17 Austria

  • 18 Italy

  • 19 New Zealand

  • 20 Germany


The least developed

  • 158 Nigeria

  • 159 Rwanda

  • 160 Angola

  • 161 Eritrea

  • 162 Benin

  • 163 Ivory Coast

  • 164 Tanzania

  • 165 Malawi

  • 166 Zambia

  • 167 Republic of Congo

  • 168 Mozambique

  • 169 Burundi

  • 170 Ethiopia

  • 171 Central African Republic

  • 172 Guinea-Bissau

  • 173 Chad

  • 174 Mali

  • 175 Burkina Faso

  • 176 Sierra Leone

  • 177 Niger

Some other rankings were Israel (23), Singapore (25), Czech Republic (31), Argentina (34), Russia (62), Brazil (63), Romania (64), Belarus (67), Bosnia (68), Saudi Arabia (77), China (85). —AFP