According to the United Nations Human Development Index, Iceland is the third best country to live in, after Norway and Australia. All of the Nordic countries are in the top 20 with Sweden ranking seventh, Finland 12th and Denmark 16th.
Celebrating the Icelandic National Day on June 17, 2007. Photo by Eygló Svala Arnarsdóttir.
The UNDP ranks 182 countries annually based on life expectancy, level of education and gross national product per inhabitant, the Norway Post reports.
However, as visir.is points out, the information for this year’s Human Development Index was collected in 2007, so the outcome might change once more recent data is taken into account.
Five countries, China, Venezuela, Peru, Columbia and France have jumped up by three seats or more since the 2008 index, mainly because of higher life expectancy and higher wages.