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25 countries that have best quality of life

Last updated on: March 21, 2013 08:47 IST

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There are some countries where not only the Gross Domestic Product figure is high but also standard of education and income equality.

Let's take a look at countries that offer best quality of life, according to United Nation's Human Development Index.

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India

Gross national income per capita: $3,285

GNI per capita rank minus HDI rank: Minus 3

Non-income HDI: 0.575

Life expectancy at birth: 65.8 years

Expected years of schooling: 10.7 years

Human Development Index's global rank: 136

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Norway

Gross national income per capita: $48,688

GNI per capita rank minus HDI rank: 4

Non-income HDI: 0.977

Life expectancy at birth: 81.3 years

Expected years of schooling: 17.5 years

Human Development Index's global rank: 1

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Australia

Gross national income per capita: $34,340

GNI per capita rank minus HDI rank: 15

Non-income HDI: 0.978

Life expectancy at birth: 82.0 years

Expected years of schooling: 19.6 years

Human Development Index's global rank: 2

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The United States

Gross national income per capita: $43,480

GNI per capita rank minus HDI rank: 6

Non-income HDI: 0.958

Life expectancy at birth: 78.7 years

Expected years of schooling: 16.8 years

Human Development Index's global rank: 3

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The Netherlands

Gross national income per capita: $37,282

GNI per capita rank minus HDI rank: 8

Non-income HDI: 0.945

Life expectancy at birth: 80.8 years

Expected years of schooling: 16.9 years

Human Development Index's global rank: 4

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Germany

Gross national income per capita: $35,431

GNI per capita rank minus HDI rank: 10

Non-income HDI: 0.948

Life expectancy at birth: 80.6 years

Expected years of schooling: 16.4 years

Human Development Index's global rank: 5

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New Zealand

Gross national income per capita: $24,358

GNI per capita rank minus HDI rank: 26

Non-income HDI: 0.978

Life expectancy at birth: 80.8 years

Expected years of schooling: 19.7 years

Human Development Index's global rank: 6

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Ireland

Gross national income per capita: $28,671

GNI per capita rank minus HDI rank: 19

Non-income HDI: 0.960

Life expectancy at birth: 80.7 years

Expected years of schooling: 18.3 years

Human Development Index's global rank: 7

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Sweden

Gross national income per capita: $36,143

GNI per capita rank minus HDI rank: 6

Non-income HDI: 0.940

Life expectancy at birth: 81.6 years

Expected years of schooling: 16.0 years

Human Development Index's global rank: 8

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Switzerland

Gross national income per capita: $40,527

GNI per capita rank minus HDI rank: 2

Non-income HDI: 0.926

Life expectancy at birth: 82.5 years

Expected years of schooling: 15.7 years

Human Development Index's global rank: 9

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Japan

Gross national income per capita: $32,545

GNI per capita rank minus HDI rank: 11

Non-income HDI: 0.942

Life expectancy at birth: 83.6 years

Expected years of schooling: 15.3 years

Human Development Index's global rank: 10

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Canada

Gross national income per capita: $35,369

GNI per capita rank minus HDI rank: 5

Non-income HDI: 0.934

Life expectancy at birth: 81.1 years

Expected years of schooling: 15.1 years

Human Development Index's global rank: 11

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South Korea

Gross national income per capita: $28,231

GNI per capita rank minus HDI rank: 15

Non-income HDI: 0.949

Life expectancy at birth: 80.7 years

Expected years of schooling: 17.2 years

Human Development Index's global rank: 12

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Hong Kong

Gross national income per capita: $45,598

GNI per capita rank minus HDI rank: Minus 6

Non-income HDI: 0.907

Life expectancy at birth: 83.0 years

Expected years of schooling: 15.5 years

Human Development Index's global rank: 13

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Iceland

Gross national income per capita: $29,176

GNI per capita rank minus HDI rank: 12

Non-income HDI: 0.943

Life expectancy at birth: 81.9 years

Expected years of schooling: 18.3 years

Human Development Index's global rank: 14

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Denmark

Gross national income per capita: $33,518

GNI per capita rank minus HDI rank: 4

Non-income HDI: 0.924

Life expectancy at birth: 79.0 years

Expected years of schooling: 16.8 years

Human Development Index's global rank: 15

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Israel

Gross national income per capita: $26,224

GNI per capita rank minus HDI rank: 13

Non-income HDI: 0.942

Life expectancy at birth: 81.9 years

Expected years of schooling: 15.7 years

Human Development Index's global rank: 16

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Belgium

Gross national income per capita: $33,429

GNI per capita rank minus HDI rank: 3

Non-income HDI: 0.917

Life expectancy at birth: 80.0 years

Expected years of schooling: 16.4 years

Human Development Index's global rank: 17

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Austria

Gross national income per capita: $36,438

GNI per capita rank minus HDI rank: Minus 5

Non-income HDI: 0.908

Life expectancy at birth: 81.0 years

Expected years of schooling: 15.3 years

Human Development Index's global rank: 18

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Singapore

Gross national income per capita: $52,613

GNI per capita rank minus HDI rank: Minus 15

Non-income HDI: 0.880

Life expectancy at birth: 81.2 years

Expected years of schooling: 14.4 years

Human Development Index's global rank: 19

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France

Gross national income per capita: $30,277

GNI per capita rank minus HDI rank: 4

Non-income HDI: 0.919

Life expectancy at birth: 81.7 years

Expected years of schooling: 16.1 years

Human Development Index's global rank: 20

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Finland

Gross national income per capita: $32,510

GNI per capita rank minus HDI rank: 2

Non-income HDI: 0.912

Life expectancy at birth: 80.1 years

Expected years of schooling: 16.9 years

Human Development Index's global rank: 21

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Slovenia

Gross national income per capita: $23,999

GNI per capita rank minus HDI rank: 12

Non-income HDI: 0.936

Life expectancy at birth: 79.5 years

Expected years of schooling: 16.9 years

Human Development Index's global rank: 22

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Spain

Gross national income per capita: $25,947

GNI per capita rank minus HDI rank: 8

Non-income HDI: 0.919

Life expectancy at birth: 81.6 years

Expected years of schooling: 16.4 years

Human Development Index's global rank: 23

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Liechtenstein

Gross national income per capita: $84,880

GNI per capita rank minus HDI rank: Minus 22

Non-income HDI: 0.832

Life expectancy at birth: 79.8 years

Expected years of schooling: 11.9 years

Human Development Index's global rank: 24

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Italy

Gross national income per capita: $26,158

GNI per capita rank minus HDI rank: 5

Non-income HDI: 0.911

Life expectancy at birth: 82.0 years

Expected years of schooling: 16.2 years

Human Development Index's global rank: 25


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