Taipei, Sept. 18 (CNA) Taiwan ranked 21st among 188 countries in the world in terms of how well its people are developing, according to the methodology used in the 2014 Huang Development Index compiled by the United Nations, said the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics.
The 2014 index, compiled on the basis of data collected in 2013, measures composite statistics on life expectancy, education, and income, which are then used to rank countries into different tiers of human development.
The index was published by the UN Development Programme, but since Taiwan is not recognized as a country by the United Nations and is not a member of the UN, Taiwan's government collected the island's statistics on its own, based on the methodogy used by the UN study, to determine how well Taiwan is doing.
Taiwan's ranking for 2014 is four places up over its 2013 rank of 25th. Its index score for 2014 is 0.882. A ranking closest to 1 is considered the best, whereas a ranking closer to zero is not ideal.
Norway was at the top of the list, with a score of 0.944, followed by Australia at 0.933, and Switzerland at 0.917.
Singapore came in ninth place, South Korea and Hong Kong tied at 15th place, Japan was in 17th place, and China ranked 92nd.
(By Lin Shu-yuan and Maubo Chang)ENDITEM/cs