Norway tops list of best nations


November 9, 2010 - 12:00 AM

Last Thursday the United Nations named Norway as the country with the best quality of life. Norwegians will shrug at the announcement. So what’s new, they’ll ask. This is the eighth straight year they’ve been told what they already knew.
Why best? Let us count the ways. The UN’s annual A-to-Z of global wealth, poverty, health and education lists these particulars: life ex-pectancy is 81 years; the average annual income is $58,810 and the average resident has 12.6 years of school.
Unemployment is about 3.5 percent. Health care is provided to all.
The top five nations were Norway, Australia, New Zea-land, the United States and Ireland.
We came in fourth.
Perhaps delegations could be sent to Norway, Australia and New Zealand to pick up tips.

— Emerson Lynn, jr.

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