Back in 1990 the United Nations started measuring ‘human’ development as opposed to economic development, and publishing an annual Human Development Index (HDI). The ‘real wealth’ of a nation lies not in its gold or money but in a human being’s actual experience of life. The HDI has many indicators, including the adult literacy rate, carbon dioxide emissions per capita, expected years of schooling, gender equality, the homicide rate, life expectancy at birth, maternal mortality, the robbery rate and under-five mortality.
In 2010, Ireland according to the HDI is the fifth best place to live in the world, the second best place to live in Europe and the best place to live in the EU.
Remember, life isn’t about money. Blather Sunshine Industries offers a free lollipop to each Irish person who comes forward to admit that they have an excellent quality of life compared to the majority of people on Earth. Of course, there is a strong belief in our organization that every single Irish person is a born moaner who is obsessed with money, the economy and owning property (and the art of moaning and complaining), so we are going to demolish our lollipop factory at midnight tonight if we can’t find ONE Irish person who will admit that life is good.
The top 10:
3 New Zealand
4 United States