It’s been a great year for Australia. With both Melbourne and Sydney taking out positions in the top five most liveable cities in the world, and Sydney voted the world’s friendliest city, the latest results from the UN complete the trifecta.
In its annual Human Development Index (HDI) report, Australia has come in with an almost perfect position of second. Taking into account factors such as life expectancy at birth, mean and expected years of schooling, and standard of living, the UN then ranks every country according to how they score.
With the prime position going to Norway with a score of .945, we were hot on its heels, with Australia awarded a very respectable .935 out of one. Switzerland rounded out the top three at .930.
The top 20 countries for the 2015 Human Development Index are:
8. United States
9. Canada (tied)
New Zealand (tied)
12. Hong Kong, China
15. United Kingdom
17. South Korea
You can see how every country scored on this International Human Development interactive map.