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Thursday, July 10, 2003  

Via This, That & Whatever, an excellent blog by a woman from Barbados, I've been perusing the UNDP's Human Development Report for 2003, and in particular the Human Development Index.

The HDI measures a country's achievements in terms of three indicators: life expectancy, educational attainment and adjusted real income.

Predictably, Scandanavian countries top the list of 175 nations: Norway, Iceland and Sweden are the top three, respectively. Six of the top ten nations are European, the others being Australia, the US, Canada and Japan.

As for the Caribbean, Barbados ranks highest - 27 - making it the third highest ranked country in the western hemisphere. Trinidad & Tobago comes in at 54, which just barely classifies it, according to the UNDP's standards, as having "high human development".

The full listing for the Caribbean, including non-Anglophone nations, is:

Barbados (27)
Bahamas (49)
St Kitts & Nevis (51)
Cuba (52)
T&T (54)
Antigua & Barbuda (56)
Belize (67)
Dominica (68)
St. Lucia (71)
Suriname (77)
Jamaica (78)
St. Vincent & the Grenadines (80)
Guyana (92)
Grenada (93)
Dominican Republic (94)
Haiti (150)

The last 24 nations on the list are all African.

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