E UN HDI SUM 2007 – sl
UNITED NATIONS ON THE BEST COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD
The UN tells us which are the best countries to live in, as measured by HDI.
The HDI measures the average achievements in a country in three basic dimensions of human development:
- A long and healthy life, as measured by life expectancy at birth.
- Knowledge, as measured by the adult literacy rate (with two-thirds weight) and the combined primary, secondary and tertiary gross enrolment ratio (with one third weight).
- A decent standard of living, as measured by gross domestic product (GDP) per capita at purchasing power parity (PPP) in USD.
Each year UN member states are listed and ranked.
Of the top nine countries (excluding Iceland with a population of less than the ACT), six are constitutional monarchies, or of the top four (Iceland apart) all are constitutional monarchies.
Constitutional monarchies are a select group of countries. Almost all are concentrated at the top.
AUSTRALIA IS NUMBER 3, after Iceland and Norway.
USA IS NUMBER 12
NB. Every country the UN classed as “Low HDI” is a republic.
63% of the top 19 countries are constitutional monarchies;
89.2% of the medium-rated countries are republics;
ALL of the bottom-rated 77 countries are republics.
Of the Wall Street Journal and the Heritage Foundation’s rating of 157 countries enjoying ECONOMIC FREEDOMS, 9 of the top 22 are constitutional monarchies.
Constitutional monarchies are better systems of government for their citizens than republics.
According to the United Nations:
· 100% of ‘Low HDI’ countries are republics
· 89.2% of ‘Medium HDI’ countries are republics
· 24% of ‘High HDI’ countries are republics
· 63% of the top 19 (‘High HDI’) countries are Constitutional Monarchies
· 10.8% of the ‘Medium HDI’ countries are Constitutional Monarchies
· There are NO Constitutional Monarchies in the UN’s ‘Low HDI’ list