Average life expectancy in Canada is 79 years, 99 per cent of adults can read and write and Real Gross Domesetic Product per person is $21,459. Sierra Leone's corresponding figures are 34 years, 30 per cent and $643.
The index ranks the well-being of citizens by combining average life expectancy, adult literacy and income - adjusted for purchasing power parity - for each of 175 nations.
Canada is followed by France, Norway, the US and Iceland; Japan has fallen to seventh place - compared with third in last year's index. Britain comes in 15th, a small improvement on its 16th place last year, but still with eight other EU member states above it - including Spain. Poverty in Britain rose by more than half under the Tories, between 1979 and 1991, to 14.6 per cent of the population, with a significantly higher percentage of poor among children and the elderly than other leading industrialisedReuse content