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30 countries with best living standards

Last updated on: September 10, 2012 08:30 IST

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There are not many countries that have high life expectancy, excellent school enrollment and lead in per capita income.

Let's take a look at some of these countries.

Source: London School of Economics

Norway

Life expectancy at birth: 81.0 years

Infant mortality per 1,000 live births: 3.0

Mean years of schooling of adults: 12.6 years

Expected years of schooling of adults: 17.3 years

Gross national income per capita: $58,810

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Image: A woman walks her dog near the marina in downtown Bergen, Norway.
Photographs: Stoyan Nenov/Reuters

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Australia

Life expectancy at birth: 81.9 years

Infant mortality per 1,000 live births: 4.7

Mean years of schooling of adults: 12.0 years

Expected years of schooling of adults: 20.5 years

Gross national income per capita: $38,692

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Image: Rowers train at dawn on the Yarra River in Melbourne.
Photographs: Toby Melville/Reuters

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Sweden

Life expectancy at birth: 81.3 years

Infant mortality per 1,000 live births: 2.6

Mean years of schooling of adults: 11.6 years

Expected years of schooling of adults: 15.6 years

Gross national income per capita: $36,936

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Image: Pedestrians walk down the main shopping street in Stockholm's Gamla Stan or Old Town district.
Photographs: Bob Strong/Reuters
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Japan

Life expectancy at birth: 83.2 years

Infant mortality per 1,000 live births: 2.6

Mean years of schooling of adults: 11.5 years

Expected years of schooling of adults: 15.1 years

Gross national income per capita: $34,692

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Image: Japan's Mt Fuji, covered with snow, is seen through Shinjuku skyscrapers in Tokyo.
Photographs: Kimimasa Mayama/Reuters
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Hong Kong

Life expectancy at birth: 82.5 years

Infant mortality per 1,000 live births: 2.0

Mean years of schooling of adults: 10.0 years

Expected years of schooling of adults: 13.8 years

Gross national income per capita: $45,090

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Image: A view of Hong Kong.
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Ireland

Life expectancy at birth: 80.3 years

Infant mortality per 1,000 live births: 4.0

Mean years of schooling of adults: 11.6 years

Expected years of schooling of adults: 17.9 years

Gross national income per capita: $33,078

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Image: People hang around outside a bar in the Temple Bar area of central Dublin.
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Singapore

Life expectancy at birth: 80.7 years

Infant mortality per 1,000 live births: 1.9

Mean years of schooling of adults: 8.8 years

Expected years of schooling of adults: 14.4 years

Gross national income per capita: $48,893

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Image: An aerial view of Marina Bay and Singapore's central business district.
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Finland

Life expectancy at birth: 80.1 years

Infant mortality per 1,000 live births: 2.8

Mean years of schooling of adults: 10.3 years

Expected years of schooling of adults: 17.1 years

Gross national income per capita: $33,872

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Image: Tourists take part in the reindeer safari at Arctic Circle near Rovaniemi, northern Finland.
Photographs: Kacper Pempel/Reuters
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The Netherlands

Life expectancy at birth: 80.3 years

Infant mortality per 1,000 live births: 4.4

Mean years of schooling of adults: 11.2 years

Expected years of schooling of adults: 16.7 years

Gross national income per capita: $40,658

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Image: Cyclists visit a Dutch tulip field in Noordwijk.
Photographs: Michael Kooren/Reuters
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Germany

Life expectancy at birth: 80.2 years

Infant mortality per 1,000 live births: 3.7

Mean years of schooling of adults: 12.2 years

Expected years of schooling of adults: 15.6 years

Gross national income per capita: $35,308

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Image: People are reflected in a shop window as they walk in Potsdamer Street in Berlin.
Photographs: Thomas Peter/Reuters
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New Zealand

Life expectancy at birth: 80.6 years

Infant mortality per 1,000 live births: 5.1

Mean years of schooling of adults: 12.5 years

Expected years of schooling of adults: 19.7 years

Gross national income per capita: $25,438

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France

Life expectancy at birth: 81.6 years

Infant mortality per 1,000 live births: 3.5

Mean years of schooling of adults: 10.4 years

Expected years of schooling of adults: 16.1 years

Gross national income per capita: $34,341

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Luxembourg

Life expectancy at birth: 79.9 years

Infant mortality per 1,000 live births: 2.3

Mean years of schooling of adults: 10.1 years

Expected years of schooling of adults: 13.3 years

Gross national income per capita: $51,109

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Image: A view of the city of Luxembourg.
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Canada

Life expectancy at birth: 81.0 years

Infant mortality per 1,000 live births: 5.2

Mean years of schooling of adults: 11.5 years

Expected years of schooling of adults: 16.0 years

Gross national income per capita: $38,668

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Image: People play volleyball on the front lawn of Parliament Hill in Ottawa.
Photographs: Chris Wattie/Reuters
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The United States

Life expectancy at birth: 79.6 years

Infant mortality per 1,000 live births: 6.8

Mean years of schooling of adults: 12.4 years

Expected years of schooling of adults: 15.7 years

Gross national income per capita: $47,094

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Switzerland

Life expectancy at birth: 82.2 years

Infant mortality per 1,000 live births: 3.7

Mean years of schooling of adults: 10.3 years

Expected years of schooling of adults: 15.5 years

Gross national income per capita: $39,849

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Image: A view of Zurich's main shopping street Bahnhofstrasse.
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South Korea

Life expectancy at birth: 79.8 years

Infant mortality per 1,000 live births: 3.8

Mean years of schooling of adults: 11.6 years

Expected years of schooling of adults: 16.8 years

Gross national income per capita: $29,518

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Image: A woman reads a book beside a bronze statue in front of Sejong Centre for the Performing Arts in central Seoul.
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Denmark

Life expectancy at birth: 78.7 years

Infant mortality per 1,000 live births: 4.0

Mean years of schooling of adults: 10.3 years

Expected years of schooling of adults: 16.9 years

Gross national income per capita: $36,404

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Image: Boats are seen anchored at the 17th century Nyhavn district, home to many shops and restaurants in Copenhagen.
Photographs: Bob Strong/Reuters
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Belgium

Life expectancy at birth: 80.3 years

Infant mortality per 1,000 live births: 3.8

Mean years of schooling of adults: 10.6 years

Expected years of schooling of adults: 15.9 years

Gross national income per capita: $34,873

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Image: Guests enjoy a 'Dinner in the Sky' on a platform hanging in front of the Cinquantenaire park in Brussels.
Photographs: Francois Lenoir/Reuters
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Spain

Life expectancy at birth: 81.3 years

Infant mortality per 1,000 live births: 3.8

Mean years of schooling of adults: 10.4 years

Expected years of schooling of adults: 16.4 years

Gross national income per capita: $29,661

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Image: Tourists stroll along Barcelona's harbour in Barcelona.
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Italy

Life expectancy at birth: 81.4 years

Infant mortality per 1,000 live births: 3.5

Mean years of schooling of adults: 9.7 years

Expected years of schooling of adults: 16.3 years

Gross national income per capita: $29,619

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Image: A view of Duomo cathedral in Milan.
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Israel

Life expectancy at birth: 81.2 years

Infant mortality per 1,000 live births: 3.8

Mean years of schooling of adults: 11.9 years

Expected years of schooling of adults: 15.6 years

Gross national income per capita: $27,831

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Image: People walk past a cafe in Tel Aviv.
Photographs: Sharon Perry/Reuters
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Austria

Life expectancy at birth: 80.4 years

Infant mortality per 1,000 live births: 4.0

Mean years of schooling of adults: 9.8 years

Expected years of schooling of adults: 15.0 years

Gross national income per capita: $37,056

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Greece

Life expectancy at birth: 79.7 years

Infant mortality per 1,000 live births: 4.6

Mean years of schooling of adults: 10.5 years

Expected years of schooling of adults: 16.5 years

Gross national income per capita: $27,580

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The United Kingdom

Life expectancy at birth: 79.8 years

Infant mortality per 1,000 live births: 4.9

Mean years of schooling of adults: 9.5 years

Expected years of schooling of adults: 15.9 years

Gross national income per capita: $35,087

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Image: Traffic on the road and the Thames passes the Houses of Parliament in London.
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Slovenia

Life expectancy at birth: 78.8 years

Infant mortality per 1,000 live births: 3.5

Mean years of schooling of adults: 9.0 years

Expected years of schooling of adults: 16.7 years

Gross national income per capita: $25,857

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Image: A woman walks on the pedestrian area in Ljubljana.
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Czech Republic

Life expectancy at birth: 76.9 years

Infant mortality per 1,000 live births: 3.2

Mean years of schooling of adults: 12.3 years

Expected years of schooling of adults: 15.2 years

Gross national income per capita: $22,678

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Image: A view from a town hall tour shows the snow-covered city centre of the North Moravian town of Ostrava.
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Portugal

Life expectancy at birth: 79.1 years

Infant mortality per 1,000 live births: 4.5

Mean years of schooling of adults: 8.0 years

Expected years of schooling of adults: 15.5 years

Gross national income per capita: $22,105

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Image: Passengers wait for their trains at Lisbon's subway station.
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Qatar

Life expectancy at birth: 76.0 years

Infant mortality per 1,000 live births: 8.8

Mean years of schooling of adults: 7.3 years

Expected years of schooling of adults: 12.7 years

Gross national income per capita: $79,426

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Slovakia

Life expectancy at birth: 75.1 years

Infant mortality per 1,000 live births: 6.3

Mean years of schooling of adults: 11.6 years

Expected years of schooling of adults: 14.9 years

Gross national income per capita: $21,658


Image: The 'Welcome' statue is seen in front of Bratislava castle in Bratislava.
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