TEL AVIV – Israel has ranked in the top 20 of the United Nations’ index of the best countries to live in.
The UN’s Human Development Index is an annual ranking of nations based on measures like life expectancy, crime, income, and education.
Israel often appears in the top 20, and this year secured the 18th place on the list.
“Here’s something you probably didn’t hear in the media,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday. “The UN Human Development Index has ranked Israel 18th out of 188 countries. The annual index ranks countries in terms of economic strength, education, and health.”
“This high ranking is further evidence that the policies of the government that I head are leading us to a better quality of life in Israel.”
The US took the eighth spot while Norway topped the list for the 12th year in a row. The bottom five countries are all African nations. The countries that dropped the farthest since last year are Libya, which fell 27 spots, and Syria, which slipped 15.