Taiwan places 24th in UN's ranking of human development

STAFF WRITER , WITH CNA

Wed, Jan 17, 2007 - Page 2

Taiwan ranked 24th in the world and second among Asia's "four little dragons" in terms of human development, the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) cited a UN report as saying yesterday.

The Human Development Report 2006 was compiled by the UN Development Program based on 2004 data. It uses the human development index (HDI), which covers life expectancy, education and standards of living, to measure a country's well-being.

Among the 177 countries surveyed, the three nations with the highest HDI ratings for 2004 were Norway, Iceland and Australia, DGBAS officials said.

Taiwan's HDI for 2004 registered 0.925, ranking 24th in the world and classifying it as a country with high human development, the officials said.