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Worst Year For France United Nations Human Development Index
By David at 11/04/2010 - 21:08

Today the United Nations Human Development Index is released. France is the 14th place, the worst year for France since 2007. Notice in bold in the table below, New Zeland, USA, Germany, Liechtenstein and Korea moved ahead of France this year. With the strikes crippling the French economy, and those countries recover from the down turn, this may continue next year. And if Iceland or Luxembourg moves back to the top spot, France will be 15th next year.

 
The 2010 report by UNDP was released on November 4, 2010. Here is where France is (France is 14th place).:
 
  1. Norway
   2. Australia
   3. New Zealand
   4. United States
   5. Ireland
   6. Liechtenstein
   7. Netherlands
   8. Canada
   9. Sweden
 10. Germany
 11. Japan
 12. Korea (Republic of)
 13. Switzerland
 14. France
 15. Israel
 
France is 14th this year, 8th for year 2009,  11th for year 2008 and 10th for year 2007. Thus the joke should be: an odd year is better than even year with higher and higher deviation because of all the turbulence that comes with strikes. A few years before 2007, France ranked the 16th place, now it is heading to that direction again.
 
2010
2009
 2008
2007
   1. Norway
 1. Norway
2. Norway
2. Norway
   2. Australia
2. Australia
4. Australia
3. Australia
   3. New Zealand
 
 
 
   4. United States
 
 
 
   5. Ireland
5. Ireland
5. Ireland
5. Ireland
   6. Liechtenstein
  
 
 
   7. Netherlands
6.Netherlands
6. Netherlands
9. Netherlands  
 8. Canada
4.   Canada
3. Canada
4. Canada
 9. Sweden
 7. Sweden
7. Sweden
6. Sweden
10. Germany
 
 
 
11. Japan
 
8. Japan
 8. Japan  
12. South Korea
 
 
 
13. Switzerland
 
10. Switzerland
7. Switzerland
14. France
8. France
11. France
10. France  
15. Israel
9.Switzerland
 9. Luxembourg
 
16. Finland
 
12.    Finland
11. Finland
17. Iceland
3. Iceland
1. Iceland
1. Iceland
 
 

The Human Development Report was first launched in 1990 with the single goal of putting people back at the center of the development process in terms of economic debate, policy and advocacy. The Human Development Report is an independent report. It is commissioned by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and is the product of a selected team of leading scholars, development practitioners and members of the Human Development Report Office of UNDP.

The 2009 report by UNDP was released on October 5, 2009, and covers the period up to 2007. It was titled "Overcoming barriers: Human mobility and development". The top countries by HDI were grouped in a new category called "Very High Human Development". The report refers to these countries as developed countries. They are:

 
   1. Norway 0.971
   2. Australia 0.970
   3. Iceland 0.969
   4. Canada 0.966
   5. Ireland 0.965
   6. Netherlands 0.964
   7. Sweden 0.963
   8. France 0.961
   9. Switzerland 0.960
 
A new index was released on December 18, 2008. This so-called "statistical update" covers the period up to 2006 and was published without an accompanying report on human development. The update is relevant due to newly released estimates of purchasing power parities (PPP), implying substantial adjustments for many countries, resulting in changes in HDI values and, in many cases, HDI ranks.
 
   1. Iceland
   2. Norway
   3. Canada 0.967
   4. Australia 0.965
   5. Ireland 0.960
   6. Netherlands 0.958
   7. Sweden 0.958
   8. Japan 0.956
   9. Luxembourg 0.956
 10. Switzerland 0.955
 11. France 0.954
12.    Finland 0.954
 
The report for 2007/2008 was launched in Brasilia, Brazil, on November 27, 2007. Its focus was on "Fighting climate change: Human solidarity in a divided world." Most of the data used for the report are derived largely from 2005 or earlier, thus indicating an HDI for 2005. Not all UN member states choose to or are able to provide the necessary statistics.
 
The report showed a small increase in world HDI in comparison with last year's report. This rise was fueled by a general improvement in the developing world, especially of the least developed countries group. This marked improvement at the bottom was offset with a decrease in HDI of high income countries.
 
A HDI below 0.5 is considered to represent "low development". All 22 countries in that category are located in Africa. The highest-scoring Sub-Saharan countries, Gabon and South Africa, are ranked 119th and 121st, respectively. Nine countries departed from this category this year and joined the "medium development" group.
 
A HDI of 0.8 or more is considered to represent "high development". This includes all developed countries, such as those in North America, Western Europe, Oceania, and Eastern Asia, as well as some developing countries in Eastern Europe, Central and South America, Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, and the oil-rich Arabian Peninsula. Seven countries were promoted to this category this year, leaving the "medium development" group: Albania, Belarus, Brazil, Libya, Macedonia, Russia and Saudi Arabia.
 
   1. Iceland
   2. Norway
   3. Australia
   4. Canada
   5. Ireland
   6. Sweden
   7. Switzerland
   8. Japan  
   9. Netherlands  
 10. France  
11.    Finland  
 

Year 2006
1 Norway
2 Iceland
3 Australia
4 Ireland
5 Sweden
6 Canada
7 Japan
8 United
9 Switzerland
10 Netherlands
11 Finland
12 Luxembourg
13 Belgium
14 Austria
15 Denmark
16 France
17 Italy
 
 
2005
1 Norway
2 Iceland
3 Australia
4 Luxembourg
5 Canada
6 Sweden
7 Switzerland
8 Ireland
9 Belgium
10 United States
11 Japan
12 Netherlands
13 Finland
14 Denmark 9
15 United Kingdom
16 France
17. Austria
 
2004
1 Norway
2 Sweden
3 Australia
4 Canada
5 Netherlands
6 Belgium
7 Iceland
8 United States
9 Japan
10 Ireland
11 Switzerland
12 United Kingdom
13 Finland
14 Austria
15 Luxembourg
16 France
17 Denmark

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