Norway is the best place in the world to live while Niger is the least desirable, according to an annual report by the United Nations.
182 countries were ranked according to the quality of life their citizens experienced. Criteria examined included life expectancy, literacy rates, school enrolment and country economies.
Norway's consistently high rating for desirable living standards, is, in large part, the result of the discovery of offshore oil and gas deposits in the late 1960s.
So, why is it good to live in Norway?
- Whatever work you do - shop assistant, waiter, bus driver - you are paid as much as to be able to afford quite a decent life.
- Great social security - health insurance, unemployment 'safety net', pensions for older people and for people with disabilities - everything is in place and is available for everyone to use.
- Nice green cities without excessive traffic jams or high air pollution.
- Good education available for everyone - the level of education is rated among the highest in the developed countries by the OECD.
- Stable economy not generating high levels of unemployment. Now, in the midst of economic recession, Norway has unemployment between 2,5 and 3 per cent for comparison, average in Europe around 6-7%, in USA around 10%.
- Equal opportunities for all members of society
- There is a lot of beautiful, unspoiled nature that is taken care of.
Get a taste of life in Norway
One way to get a taste of the Norwegian life is by becoming a student at BI Norwegian School of Management. BI Norwegian School of Management is an internationally recognized and accredited, private institution located in Oslo, the capital of Norway. Bi has on of Europe’s largest and most productive academic environments in the area of business economics and administration, marketing, finance and general management. BI is a school for people who want a wide scope, accessibility and flexibility, as well as depth, specialization and an international perspective. Read more on www.bi.no/aboutbi.