Israel has secured the 18th ranking on this year’s United Nations Human Development Index (HDI).
Published annually, the HDI ranks 188 countries in terms of economic strength, education, health, average life expectancy, and gross national product per-capita, as some of the parameters related to quality of life.
This year, Israel came out ahead of Japan (20), France (22), Spain (26), and Italy (27).
For the 12th year in a row, Norway has earned the top spot on the HDI list, and this year was followed by Australia (2) and Switzerland (3).
Israel has gone up one place since last year, having come in 19th in 2014.
The country ranked last on the index was Niger. The bottom of the list included other African countries like Eritrea (186), Chad (185), and Burundi (184).
Most Middle East nations were not given high rankings – Egypt (108), Jordan (80), and Lebanon (67).
The Palestinian Authority, considered a country by the UN, was ranked at 113
Top 20 countries according to 2015 Human Development Index:
8. United States
9. New Zealand
12. Hong Kong
14. United Kingdom
17. Korea, South
To read the full 2015 Human Development report click here