Norway is the best country in the world to live in, according to the UN

Norway is still the best country in the world to live in according to the annual Human Development Report produced by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Each year, UNDP produces the Human Development Report, which ranks the countries of the world according to such factors as income, education and life expectancy. Norway is top of the list for the sixth year running.

The Norwegian Minister of International Development, Erik Solheim, is proud of Norway’s position at the top of the list, but said to the Norwegian daily newspaper Verdens Gang that: “We must be humble about how lucky we have been. And we must remember that those who have most also have most responsibility.”

This year’s report focuses on the global water crisis and the lack of proper sanitation in large parts of the world. It states that access to clean water is the key to achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals, which include the goal to halve poverty and eradicate hunger by 2015. The report traces the roots of the global water crisis to poverty, inequality and unequal power relationships.

UNDP’s Human Development Report has been published every year since 1990. This study of important global development issues is produced for UNDP by a group of independent experts.

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