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Greenest Countries - Most Livable Places 2008
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RS built the green and livable index from the United Nations 2006 Human Development Indicators (HDI) data and the 2005 Environmental Sustainability Index (ESI). More detail follows the ranking table.*

Rank Country
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1. Finland
2. Iceland
3. Norway
4. Sweden
5. Austria
6. Switzerland
7. Ireland
8. Australia
9. Uruguay
10. Denmark
11. Canada
12. Japan
13. Israel
14. Italy
15. Slovenia
16. France
17. Netherlands
18. Portugal
19. New Zealand
20. Greece
21. Germany
22. Latvia
23. United States
24. Lithuania
25. United Kingdom
26. Belgium
27. Argentina
28. Croatia
29. Spain
30. Hungary
31. Albania
32. Estonia
33. Slovakia
34. Costa Rica
35. South Korea
36. Cuba
37. Belarus
38. Czech Republic
39. Bosnia and Herzegovina
40. Brazil
41. Panama
42. Armenia
43. Chile
44. Paraguay
45. United Arab Emirates
46. Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
47. Bulgaria
48. Poland
49. Kuwait
50. Oman
51. Russia
52. Peru
53. Colombia
54. Malaysia
55. Guyana
56. Romania
57. Trinidad & Tobago
58. Georgia
59. Kazakhstan
60. Moldova
61. Thailand
62. Tunisia
63. Mexico
64. Libya
65. Ukraine
66. Sri Lanka
67. Lebanon
68. Venezuela
69. Ecuador
70. Turkey
71. Jordan
72. Algeria
73. Kyrgyzstan
74. Azerbaijan
75. Bolivia
76. Gabon
77. Dominican Republic
78. Syria
79. El Salvador
80. Saudi Arabia
81. Jamaica
82. Indonesia
83. Iran
84. China
85. Nicaragua
86. Namibia
87. Philippines
88. Egypt
89. Mongolia
90. Viet Nam
91. Myanmar ("Burma")
92. Honduras
93. Botswana
94. Turkmenistan
95. Tajikistan
96. South Africa
97. Guatemala
98. Cambodia
99. Uzbekistan
100. Bhutan
101. Laos
102. Morocco
103. Ghana
104. India
105. Congo
106. Cameroon
107. Uganda
108. Nepal
109. Papua New Guinea
110. Gambia
111. Bangladesh
112. Madagascar
113. Senegal
114. Togo
115. Pakistan
116. Kenya
117. Rwanda
118. Guinea
119. Zimbabwe
120. Zambia
121. Nigeria
122. Sudan
123. Tanzania
124. Benin
125. Central Africa Republic
126. Malawi
127. Mauritania
128. Yemen
129. Angola
130. Cote d'Ivoire
131. Democratic Republic of the Congo
132. Haiti
133. Mali
134. Guinea-Bissau
135. Mozambique
136. Burundi
137. Chad
138. Burkina Faso
139. Sierra Leone
140. Niger
141. Ethiopia

* The HDI examines national quality of life and doesn’t merely focus on per-capita income. It takes into account information on life expectancy, educational attainment and national per capita income. The ESI index is based on a collaboration between Yale University and the Center for International Earth Science Information Network at Columbia University, and the World Economic Forum. It tracks a diverse set of indicators that influence environmental sustainability at the national level. For 141 nations, the database offers information on 76 different variables organized into 21 sustainability categories. RD included information on 13 of these 21 categories in our index. Six of the thirteen categories have a direct effect on a nation’s daily environmental quality of life, such as air and water quality. The remaining seven categories are key indicators of whether a nation is a good regional and global “citizen” in not exacerbating environmental challenges. Such a nation does not contribute to regional problems such as acid rain, and on the important issue of climate change, has a small ecological footprint and produces relatively few greenhouse gases. A good global citizen also protects biodiversity located within its physical borders. To construct a national ranking based on a nation’s HDI score and on its scores on each of these thirteen categories, RD first took all fourteen scores and standardize them into comparable units, then gave the HDI index a weight of 50%, and the subset of ESI variables received a weight of 50%. We weighed each ESI variable equally so each of the thirteen indicators receives a weight of (1/26). Sorting this overall score provides the ranking.


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