So the UN has published their list of the healthy and happiest places to live and Norway has topped the list again. Personally, Norway is a place that I would see as too cold to actually be “Perfect” but to each their own. Unfortunately, the 5 nations that were ranked the lowest of the 169 on the list were all African nations. Do you think that this is accurate or do you think that some metrics are missing within the UN’s criteria that make it difficult for some nations to ever move up on the index? For instance in an article on Yahoo it was stated “that rich countries have grown faster than poor countries over the last 40 years.” (Yahoo.com, 2010) But does the criteria compare a nation with billions of dollars of resources and investments in poorer nations equally to a nation that is solely dependent on their own limited resources that might be mostly exported to the global economy. I am assuming that would not be the case but that indicator of growth seems like the measurement may not be based upon an equal starting point. To learn more about the Human Development Reports for 2010 CLICK HERE.
For Yahoo’s full story on the list CLICK HERE