The top ten places are:
The US is at 13, down one from last year.
The bottom ten are:
173. Guinea Bissau
176. Democratic Republic of the Congo
177. Burkina Faso
179. Central African Republic
180. Sierra Leone
It's interesting that most of the top ten are cold countries, and sad but not surprising that most of the bottom are in Africa. I think the world needs to wake up, like a whole lot, especially #13.
The article also says:
"Life expectancy in Niger was 50, about 30 years shorter than Norway, according to the index. For every dollar earned per person in Niger, $85 was earned in Norway.
Half the people in the poorest 24 countries were illiterate, compared to 20% in nations classed as having medium levels of human development, the index showed.
Japanese people lived longer than others, to 82.7 years on average, with life expectancy in war-ravaged Afghanistan just 43.6 years."