IRELAND HAS ranked among the top countries in the world for quality of life, beating out popular countries for Irish immigration such as Australia and Canada.
A United Nations report on human development has placed Ireland in third place in a list of countries with excellent qualities of life, missing out on the top spot to Norway (1st) and Switzerland (2nd).
The report studied a total of 189 countries across the globe, basing the rankings on the average education, income, life expectancy and the Human Development Index value (HDI) of each nation's citizens.
The index cited Ireland's excellent Human Development Index, ranked at 0.942, as well as the long life expectancy for citizens from birth-- an estimated 82 years.
Irish citizens spend an average of 12 years in full-time education, making us one of the most highly educated countries in the world, and the average national income is estimated to be over €55,500 per capita.
The new report indicates that Ireland's quality of life continues to grow-- in the last United Nations report on Human Development, Ireland clinched the fourth-place spot.
The top 10 countries for highest quality of life is as follows:
5. Hong Kong
For a full list of countries and their ranking, you can follow this link to the United Nations's Human Development Report.