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Once again, an international report ranked Israel in a high spot, attesting to Israel’s strengths and its growing economy, which benefits all of its citizens. 

Israel was placed high on the 2015 UN Human Development Index (HDI), ranking 18th out of 188 countries world wide and receiving a score of 0.894.

Out of four possible rankings, Israel was categorized by the report as a country with “Very High Human Development.”

Israel received a higher score than Japan, Belgium, France, Spain and Italy as well as all eastern European, African and Arab countries.

The annual index ranks countries in terms of economic strength, education, and health.

The HDI is a summary measure of average achievement in three key dimensions of human development: a long and healthy life, being knowledgeable and have a decent standard of living. The HDI is the geometric mean of normalized indices for each of the three dimensions.

The health dimension is assessed by life expectancy at birth, the education dimension is measured by mean of years of schooling for adults aged 25 years and more and expected years of schooling for children of school entering age. The standard of living dimension is measured by gross national income per capita.

Between 1980 and 2014, Israel’s HDI value increased from 0.750 to 0.894, an increase of 19.2 percent or an average annual increase of about 0.52 percent.

Likewise, a recent OECD report ranked Israel as a leading force in education. Israel was also ranked as the sixth-healthiest country in the world and the only Middle Eastern country in the top 10.

“This high ranking is further evidence that the policies of the government that I head are leading us to a better quality of life in Israel,” stated Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

By: Max Gelber, United with Israel

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