New Zealand is ranked the third best country to live in the world, climbing 17 places in the latest United Nations’ index aimed at measuring development.
Researchers studied 135 countries, representing 92 percent of the world’s population. Developed nations Norway, Australia, New Zealand, the United States and Ireland led the rankings.
New Zealand’s life expectancy is 80.6 years, average number of school years is 12.5, and gross national income per capita is $25,438 ($32,046).
The United Nations says most developing countries have made dramatic progress in health, education and basic living standards in recent decades, but gaps remain.