The 15 best countries to live in around the world

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The United Nations recently published its annual Human Development Report, which ranks where people live long, healthy lives —in other words, the countries that are best to live in.

The UN looked at nearly 200 countries across a number of categories, including life expectancy, education, gender equality, and financial wealth.

Here are the countries that scored the highest.

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Overall, the UN’s report indicates that the world is becoming a better place to live. Although 800 million people in the world still go to bed hungry every day, over 1 billion people have risen out of extreme poverty in the past 25 years.

Overall, the UN's report indicates that the world is becoming a better place to live. Although 800 million people in the world still go to bed hungry every day, over 1 billion people have risen out of extreme poverty in the past 25 years.

Rates of development by country.The United Nations/Screenshot

At the same time, the report notes there are several pitfalls that work against human progress: discrimination, intolerance, and social norms that target vulnerable groups like women and racial minorities, who face prejudice in a number of areas, including employment, education, and property rights.

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