Top 10 Most Developed Countries in the World

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6. New Zealand – An Archipelago of Prosperity

New Zealand

The discovery of Captain Cook, New Zealand is a group of island off the eastern coast of Australia in the Pacific Ocean. This country of rich biodiversity and tribal history is one of the friendliest and happiest places on the planet to live on. The country ranks sixth on the human development index dropping one place from the previous index by virtue of its score of 0.919. The country has a great social and economic infrastructure which has helped it achieve high level of living standards. The country has a life expectancy rate of 80 years, per capita GDP of $35, 374 and a GDP of $157.877 Billion in nominal terms.


7. Ireland – The Celtic Tiger


The Republic of Ireland is one of the two countries which form the Irish island; the other being is bitter enemy of Northern Ireland. Ireland was largely a poor country throughout its history which was made even more so through the protectionism of the twentieth century. This protectionist policy was dismantled in the 1950s which led to a slew of reforms in the economy of country which transformed it into one of the wealthiest countries in the world. Today with a score of 0.916, Ireland ranks as the seventh most developed country in the world. The country faced a severe economic recession in 2008 but that hasn’t knocked it off its perch of being among the most developed countries in the world.


8. Sweden – The famed Scandinavian giant


With a score of 0.904, Sweden ranks tenth on the overall human development index. The Scandinavian Giant and the home of the Vikings, Sweden is largely a welfare state with deeply entrenched democratic values and a well-developed social parameters. Sweden is known all over the world for its high-standard of living, education and the health system. Its people are considered to be among the happiest in the world. With a population of 9.9 million Sweden is of the size of the Indian state of Chhattisgarh having its capital in one of the most beautiful cities in Europe – Stockholm. The Swedes boast of a per capita in the range of $35, 876, GDP of $450 Billion, life expectancy of 81 years and an enviable education system.


9. Switzerland – The Home of Alps


One of the most beautiful countries in the world, Switzerland also has the tag of being one of the most highly developed countries in the world apart from being one of the richest. This tiny central European country ranks ninth on the human development index thanks to its score of 0.913 gaining two positions from the previous human development index. The country boasts of a per capita GDP of $45, 285, the most competitive economy in the world, and a life expectancy at birth of 80.4 years for men and 84 years for women.


10. Japan – The Land of the Rising Sun


The second largest economy of Asia and the third largest in the world, Japan has long been the world leader when it comes to technology and engineering. This island nation saw unprecedented levels of economic and social prosperity in the 1950s and 1960s which saw it inch very close to the top spot in terms of economic prosperity. A score of 0.912 sees Japan climb up two position to the tenth position on the overall human development index of 2013 from the previous year’s index. The country is leader when it comes to industrial power and human resource capital and has remained so in the past fifty-odd years.

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