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By Sharing Prosperity Most Evenly, Norway Wins Again

For the 12th year in a row, Norway has earned the honor of being listed as the best country in the world to live.

The ranking appears in the United Nations Development Programme’s 2015 Human Development Report. The agency uses the Human Development Index (HDI) to score nearly 200 countries on factors including life expectancy at birth, average years of schooling, and gross national income per capita.

“Norway has over time managed to increase its income, and at the same time ensured that incomes are relatively evenly distributed,” Jens Wandel, head of UNDP’s administrative department, told the Norwegian News Agency.

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