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Venezuela Advances 4 Places in UN Development Program?s Human Development Index

According to the 2009 Human Development report, issued by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Venezuela has reached an index of .844, rising four places since 2008. The Human Development Index optimum level is 1 and the lowest is 0.

Venezuela ranks at number 62 on the list for 2008. Venezuela has the fifth highest Human Development Index (HDI) in Latin America. Chile leads the region with an HDI of .878

The report is based on statistics compiled during 2007, evaluating variables such as demographics, economics, and issues of inequality, education, and health care.

Yves Sassenrath, UNDP representative in Venezuela confirmed,  “The most notable increase in the country has been access to education and healthcare, and an increase in Gross Domestic Product (GDP), which has allowed per capita income to rise compared to 2006,” ABN reports.

Likewise, Sassenrath highlighted that in the last five years Venezuela has registered an increase in life expectancy as well as a 10% increase in adult literacy. Combined overall school enrollment increased 24%, according to ABN.

The HDI study has been published annually for the last 20 years by the UNDP. Currently, Norway holds first place on the list of countries with the highest standard of living. China advanced 7 places this year compared to the previous year.

Press Unit of the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United States, October 07, 2009.

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