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Brunei ranks higher in latest UN human development index

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Bruneians participate in festive activities to celebrate National Family Day in Bandar Seri Begawan, capital of Brunei, May 6, 2018. Brunei has been ranked higher in life expectancy, standard of living and knowledge status. Xinhua

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (Xinhua) – Brunei has been ranked higher in life expectancy, standard of living and knowledge status, said a United Nations Development Programme index published recently.

According to local daily the Borneo Bulletin on Sunday, in the 2018 statistical update of UN Human Development Index (HDI), Brunei scored 0.853 in the index for 2017, considered “very-high human development.”

In the latest index, Brunei was ranked 39th out of 189 countries and territories, moving up one place from 40th in 2016.

Besides Brunei, Singapore (ranked ninth) and Malaysia (ranked 57th) are the only two other countries considered to have a “very-high human development” in Southeast Asian region.

First introduced in 1990, the HDI is defined as a summary measure for assessing long-term progress in three basic dimensions of human development: a long and healthy life, access to knowledge and a decent standard of living.

Norway, Switzerland, Australia, Ireland and Germany led the HDI rankings.

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