Croatia has been rated amongst countries with high human development after the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) 2013 Human Development Report was released on Thursday.
Croatia was ranked 47th out of 187 nations on the index which is based on many factors including life expectancy, education and standard of living in the country. Croatia was ahead of all its neighbours, Montenegro (52), Serbia (64), Macedonia (78) Bosnia and Herzegovina (81), barring Slovenia (21). It was also ahead of EU member states Romania (56) and Bulgaria (57).
The top three nations on the Human Development Index for 2013 were Norway (1), Australia (2) and USA (3). The nations of Congo and Niger were last on the index.
The report stated that Croatia scored well in two fields – Gross national income per capita and life expectancy at birth.
The rise of the South is radically reshaping the world of the 21st century, with developing nations driving economic growth, lifting hundreds of millions of people from poverty, and propelling billions more into a new global middle class, said the UNDP in the summary of the report.