The United Nations this week released the 2015 rankings of most livable countries based on their status of basic human development achievements with Thailand falling to the 93rd from 89th in previous ranking.
Thailand valued 0.726 for human development index or HDI in the report released by United Nations Development Programme(UNDP).
Coming on top of the ranking was Norway with HDI of 0.94, and Niger at the bottom of 0.348.
The 0.94 HDI score made Norway one of the best countries to live in among 188 countries surveyed.
The HDI is an average measure of basic development achievements in a country. It determines a country’s position on its rank scale by examining the statistical metric Gross National Income (GNI) per capita, a metric that attempts to emphasize the expansion of human choice as the criteria for assessing development results.
The report highlighted several options for human development through improvements in the employment strategies that focus on employment-led growth and a comprehensive macroeconomic framework, and, extending a living income and other safeguarding measures to the 73% of the world’s population that is without comprehensive social protections.
Thailand had made progresses in each of the HDI indicators. Between 1980 and 2014, Thailand’s life expectancy at birth increased by 10.0 years, mean years of schooling increased by 3.6 years and expected years of schooling increased by 5.6 years. Thailand’s GNI per capita increased by about 277.4 percent between 1980 and 2014.
Human Development Index top 20
8. United States
9. New Zealand
12. Hong Kong, China (SAR)
14. United Kingdom
17. South Korea