Most Livable Countries

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According to the UN's Human Development Index
The Human Development Index (HDI), published by the UN, ranks nations according to their citizens' quality of life rather than strictly by a nation's traditional economic figures. There is a secondary report, the Inequality-adjusted Human Development Index (IHDI), that adjusts a nation's HDI based off of the "average person's" experience, versus an overall mean. Hypothetically a perfectly equal country would have the same HDI and IHDI, though in practice all countries suffer at least a minor drop in scores.
The criteria for calculating rankings include life expectancy, educational attainment, and adjusted real income. Researchers run these data points through an equation that gives them a final total score for each country, ranging effectively between 0 and 1. Check out the 15 most livable countries by rank and score, as well as our profiles on the countries that made the list.

Rank
Country
HDI Score



1
Norway
0.949


2
Australia
0.939


2
Switzerland
0.939


4
Germany
0.926


5
Denmark
0.925


5
Singapore
0.925


7
Netherlands
0.924


8
Ireland
0.923


9
Iceland
0.921


10
Canada
0.920


10
United States
0.920



Norway has consistently topped the rankings almost every year since 2000. Australia and Switzerland are also regular top contenders. The highest ranked countries consistently share a few common factors, including mandatory schooling from a young age, regular access to preschool/kindergarten, and widespread access to health coverage. Singapore is consistently the highest ranked country in Asia, thanks to the country's immense economic growth and development since the 1960s.

Source: Human Development Report, 2017, United Nations. Web: hdr.undp.org


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