CaribWorldNews, NEW YORK, NY, Tues. Oct. 6, 2009: Barbados is the lone Caribbean nation to make the top 40 list of the 2009 Human Development Report Index.
The Caribbean nation came in at 37 on the list, with UN analysts who compile the annual report, meaning it is very high on the quality of life scale.
The 2009 report titled `Overcoming barriers: Human mobility and development’, demonstrates, according to experts, `that migration can enhance human development for the people who move, for destination communities and for those who remain at home.`
The report takes into account life expectancy, literacy, school enrolment and per capita gross domestic product in 182 countries in its measurement of the human index of development.
Norway was at number one with the report authors saying nationals there enjoy the world`s highest quality of life. Niger was the lowest on the ranks.
Australia, Iceland and Canada were second, third and fourth, respectively while the United States was listed as 13th.
Antigua and Barbuda came in at 47 overall while Cuba was at 51 and the Bahamas at 52. Saint Kitts ranked 62; Trinidad and Tobago 64 and St. Lucia 69th while Dominica was placed at 73rd.
Grenada came in at 74th while the Dominican Republic and St. Vincent and the Grenadines were 90 and 91 overall. Suriname ranked at 97 while Jamaica was lower at 100.
Guyana came in at a low 114 while Haiti was the lowest for all Caribbean nations at 149.