Australia has been ranked the second-best country in the world for its quality of life, according to the UN. 

The ranking assessed economic, education and life-expectancy data. 

The nation’s ‘Human Development Index’ was measured at 0.935 out of a maximum score of one, coming second to Norway and beating Switzerland. 

The score was calculated by crunching data on what the UN says are the “three basic dimensions of human development”.

They are: life expectancy at birth, mean and expected years of schooling and standard of living which is measured by gross national income per capita. 


Australians can expect to live on average to about 82.5 years, have a mean 13 years of schooling and the gross national income per person is $58,618. 

In Norway, which their life expectancy is lower (81.6 years) and the mean years of schooling were 12.6, citizens enjoy a much bigger slice of the national pie where the gross national income per capita is $US64,992. 

Source: Sydney Morning Herald