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UN report says Irish have fourth highest quality of life

Published 09/11/2006

Irish people have the fourth highest quality of life in the world, according to the latest United Nations Development Report.

The report says Ireland only ranks behind Australia, Iceland and Norway in a list of 159 nations when it comes to life expectancy, literacy, education and GDP per capita.

Ireland's average income per head is put at just over US$38,000, or just under €30,000.

However, the report also ranks Ireland 17th out of 18 countries when it comes to measuring poverty.

The Government is disputing this ranking, with Social and Family Affairs Minister Seamus Brennan saying 250,000 people have been taken out of poverty in the past 10 years.

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