UN Human Development Index 2011 Puts Australia Second, Norway First, Again
With no change from 2010, Australia remains the second most "liveable" country on earth under the UN's widely regarded Human Development Index. Norway slipped in front of us, as it did last year. Holding us back from the top spot is our lower average income, and fairly bad income equality. Maybe if we let the Occupy protesters gain a little traction we can take out 2012?
Australians are not a particularly equal society (Norway's income distribution puts us in the shade) and far from impressive when it comes to equality of the sexes. On gender equality Australia is the 18th-ranked nation in the world; Sweden is No. 1