By Hakeem Babalola
|Hungarian PM, Orbán Viktor|
Hungary is in the 36th position as the best place to live in a global survey conducted annually by the Human Development Index Report published last week by the United Nations. This has placed the country among the forty-two nations adjudged to have very High Human Development.
The report assessed 169 countries in the three areas of human development including a long and healthy life, a decent standard of living and access to education.
The position lifts the country six steps up from the previous survey in which Hungary came 43rd.
Hungary's achievement is probably due to significant quality of life that its citizens enjoy over the last two decades regarding income, health and education.
Now in its 20th anniversary, the first Human Development Report in 1990 opened with the stated premise that "People are the real wealth of a nation".
This assertion is said to be backed up with an abundance of empirical data and a new way of thinking about and measuring development which has had a profound impact on development policies around the world, according to the HDRS.
Oil-rich Norway came first for the eighth year running while Zimbabwe came last