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Ireland Ranks No2 In UN’s World Rankings For Quality Of Life

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According to a new study by the United Nations, Ireland ranks second highest in the world for quality of life. The country is second only to Norway, the country deemed to have the best quality of life in the world. This is in the annual ranking of 189 countries, measured according to average longevity, education and income.

This year, Ireland are ranking ahead of countries such as 6th place Germany, 7th placed Sweden, 8th placed Australia, and 13th placed United Kingdom. This is despite numerous charities for high numbers of homelessness, high rents and insurance and a pandemic stricken economy. It is a stark improvement in comparison to the country’s assessment in 1990, when the index was first drawn up.

That year, Ireland came behind countries such as Spain, Belgium, Italy, New Zealand, Germany, Finland, the United Kingdom, Denmark, France, Australia, Norway, Canada, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden and Japan in the Human Development Report.

Now Ireland is in the “very high” camp, ranked joint second with Switzerland and behind only Norway in the ranking.

Ireland’s Human Development score has an overall increase of 23.5 per cent since 1990. According to the measures, this is a much faster rate of improvement than comparable countries. Ireland also ranks eight for expected years of schooling, with 18.7 years, behind Belgium in first, which has 19.8 years of expected schooling.

Pedro Conceição, the lead author of the report, said Ireland’s improved ranking was due above all to advances in education.

The Irish economy has almost doubled since 1990, but the biggest driver was actually education. That was the indicator that made relatively more progress since 1990,” said Mr Conceição.

In 1990, the average life expectancy at birth in Ireland was 74.8 and has risen to 82.3, while average years of schooling were 9.7 and are now 12.7.

Ireland does drop three places and is overtaken by Iceland and Finland, when adjusted for inequality within the country. However, the level of inequality in Ireland is lower than the average, among other comparable countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).