Australia's beaches and high quality of life are part of the reason many chose to emigrate to Australia.
05 November 2010
Australia named second best place in world to live by United Nations
The United Nations has named Norway as the country with the best quality of life in the world, followed by Australia and New Zealand.
The Human Development Report 2010 calculates the wellbeing in 169 countries, taking into account health, education and income, which are combined to generate a score between zero and one. The countries are grouped into four categories: very high, high, medium, and low.
The index found that Norway with its 81 years of life expectancy and average annual income of $US59,000 was the best country in the world for quality of life – top of the list for the seventh time since 2001.
Also leading the world in human development is Australia, which was placed second in the index – a position that it has held for a number of years.
Australia’s high quality of life, relaxed lifestyle and growing economy has traditionally been a major factor in encouraging skilled migrants to move to the country. The most popular source country for those who emigrate to Australia is Great Britain.
Britain was placed 26th in the index, with the high levels of inequality in the UK leading to slower progress in human development.
New Zealand, the United States and Ireland, in order, were placed in the top five.
Zimbabwe came in last among the 169 nations ranked, behind Mozambique, Burundi, Niger and the Democratic Republic of Congo.