QATAR ranked 34th out of 179 countries in the Human Development Index (HDI) 2006, according to figures released by the Human Development Office in New York last month. This was one rank higher than the previous year.
Each year since 1990, the office has published the HDI which looks beyond GDP to a broader definition of well-being.
According to the figures, life expectancy in Qatar has reached 75.3 and the probability of survival beyond age 40 is 96.3%, which is attributed to better living standards and health conditions in the country.
Only 6% of children between the ages 0 and 5 were underweight, giving a good mark for nourishment. Availability of pure water in Qatar was 100%.
Qatar ranked second among world countries for per capita GDP in 2006 and second only to Luxembourg as its GDP reached $72,969 compared with $27,664 in 2005.
The HDI provides a composite measure of three dimensions of human development: living a long and healthy life (measured by life expectancy), being educated (measured by adult literacy and enrolment at primary, secondary and tertiary levels) and having a decent standard of living (measured by purchasing power parity, PPP, income).
Updates of statistical data are regularly published by the Human Development Index Office.
On this occasion, HE Sheikh Hamad bin Jabor al-Thani, the QSA acting president, said: “QSA will further co-ordinate with UNDP, UNPD, Unesco, Institute for Statistics and the World Bank, for the next year Human Development Report to reflect the status of development in Qatar.”
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