Most and Least Livable Countries: UN Human Development Index, 2007

The Human Development Index (HDI), published annually by the UN, ranks nations according to their citizens' quality of life rather than strictly by a nation's traditional economic figures. The criteria for calculating rankings include life expectancy, educational attainment, and adjusted real income. The 2007 index is based on 2005 figures.

“Most Livable” Countries, 2007
1. Iceland 16. United Kingdom
2. Norway 17. Belgium
3. Australia 18. Luxembourg
4. Canada 19. New Zealand
5. Ireland 20. Italy
6. Sweden 21. Germany
7. Switzerland 22. Israel
8. Japan 23. Greece
9. Netherlands 24. Singapore
10. France 25. Korea, Rep. of
11. Finland 26. Slovenia
12. United States 27. Cyprus
13. Spain 28. Portugal
14. Denmark 29. Brunei Darussalam
15. Austria 30. Barbados
“Least Livable” Countries, 2007
1. Sierra Leone 16. Angola
2. Burkina Faso 17. Rwanda
3. Guinea-Bissau 18. Guinea
4. Niger 19. Tanzania
5. Mali 20. Nigeria
6. Mozambique 21. Eritrea
7. Central African Republic 22. Senegal
8. Chad 23. Gambia
9. Ethiopia 24. Uganda
10. Congo, Dem. Rep. of the 25. Yemen
11. Burundi 26. Togo
12. Côte d'Ivoire 27. Zimbabwe
13. Zambia 28. Timor-Leste
14. Malawi 29. Djibouti
15. Benin 30. Kenya
Source: Human Development Report, 2007/2008, United Nations. Web: hdr.undp.org .

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