That is the second year Israel is ranked number 15. Norway is leading and zimbabwe is last on the list
The United Nation’s has just released their annual Human Development Report, The Real Wealth of Nations: Pathway to Human Development.
With what started in 1990, the Human Development Report, based on Human Development Index (HDI), issued annually by the UN Development Program (UNDP), assesses the state of human development on the basis of health, education and income indicators, as an alternative to purely macroeconomic assessments of national progress.
Development is defined as freedom for people to engage in a long, prosperous, and above all else, creative life.
This year, Israel is once again ranked number 15 in the world, sandwiched nicely between Finland and France. Norway is leading in the UN rating, followed by Australia, New Zealand and the US. Niger, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Zimbabwe occupy the last three positions in the list.
Asia was the region that progressed fastest in terms of human development since 1970, with China and Indonesia leading the way. Some Arab countries, especially Oman, and many Latin American nations showed marked progress as well, the report said.
There were five Asian countries on the top 10 list of countries showing the most improvement: China (No. 2), Nepal (No. 3), Indonesia (No. 4), Laos (No. 6) and South Korea (No. 8).
Arab countries made up the other five on the list: Oman, now heavily investing its energy earnings into public education and health, was No. 1, followed by Saudi Arabia (No. 5), Tunisia (No. 7), Algeria (No. 9) and Morocco (No. 10).