Human Development Index
The Human Development Index is released annually by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Picture: UNDP

The Human Development Index is released annually by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and is based on measurements of the countries’ achievements in health, education and income. The list is topped by Norway, followed by Switzerland, Australia, Ireland, Germany and Iceland, while Niger, the Central African Republic, South Sudan, Chad and Burundi have the lowest scores.  

Sweden’s placement on the list puts the country in the very high human development category. Sweden’s life expectancy at birth is 82.6 years, the expected years of schooling is 17.6 years and Sweden’s GNI per capita is 47 766 US dollars (430 000 SEK).

Another index is the Commitment to Development Index (CDI) that ranks 27 of the world’s richest countries on policies that affect more than five billion people living in poorer nations. Sweden tops this year’s CDI, followed by Denmark, and Germany shares the third place with Finland. The index is compiled by The Center for Global Development (CGD) and covers seven policy areas: aid, finance, technology, environment, trade, security and migration. Sweden ranks first on migration, second on environment, and third on aid.

Human Development Index

The Commitment to Development Index 2018