Norway leads the ranking in the latest Human Development Index with a value of 0.957. Norway’s HDI score increased by 12.7% between 1990 and 2019. This most recent report from the United Nations focuses on each country’s progress on environmental issues, including carbon dioxide emissions and material footprint.
With this new focus, more than 50 countries lost their ranking in the very high human development category. However, countries like Costa Rica, Moldova and Panama ascended the ranks, improving their positions by at least 30 places.
The pandemic “offers a glimpse of our future, in which the strain on our planet mirrors the strain facing societies.” The lead author of the report, Pedro Conceição, says that “We are confronting a new reality in the history of humanity and the planet in which our activity is creating a new generation of risks that is curtailing human development.”