"The United Nations has named oil-rich Norway as the country with the best quality of life, followed by Australia and New Zealand, while Asia has made the biggest strides in recent decades. However, the UN's annual A-to-Z of global wealth, poverty, health and education highlighted that it is becoming ever more difficult to break into the rich club of nations. Norway - with its 81 years of life expectancy and average annual income of $59,000 - has topped the Human Development Index (HDI) for all but two years since 2001. (Its) all-round performance gives it superiority in the 20th annual rankings on the UN Development Program (UNDP)."