By Tania Kohut National Online Journalist Global News Canada has ranked ninth in the UN’s annual Human Development Index (HDI), out of nearly 200 countries.
The HDI measures health and life expectancy, access to education and standard of living.
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Norway took top spot, with Canada and New Zealand rounding out the Top 10 in a tie for ninth:
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While they may not crack the Top 10 any time soon, there was good news for the world’s lesser-developed countries.
The accompanying Human Development Report sheds light on great progress made over the last 25 years, with a reported two billion people able to move out of low human development, with extreme income poverty reduced by more than a billion. This was largely due to entire countries — such as Congo, Ghana and Namibia — moving up and out of the category.
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