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Vietnam’s HDI continues to rise: UNDP
Posted: Nov 22,2010

Vietnam ranks 113th out of 182 countries and territories in terms of its Human Development Index (HDI), according to the UNDP’s 2009 Human Development Report.

 The HDI for Vietnam is 0.725 this year while it was 0.718 in 2008.

Despite the rise in its HDI, the country’s overall ranking fell by two places compared with 2008.

According to the UNDP, between 1985 and 2007, Vietnam’s HDI rose by 1.16% annually from 0.561 to 0.725 today.

The agency also said that life expectancy at birth in Vietnam is 74.3 years and GDP per capita is US$2,600.

In the UNDP’s HDI report, Norway ranks first (0.971), followed by Australia and Iceland. At the bottom of the ranking are Nigeria, Afghanistan and Sierra Leone.

This year’s HDI refers to 2007 statistics, according to the Human Development Report the UNDP released on October 5.(VNA)

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"... From the beginning of the first century A.D., when the two Trung Sisters rose up to fight the enemy and save the nation, until now, whenever our country has faced danger, our women have contributed whatever they could toward the cause of national liberation.

Our people are grateful that our mothers from South and North alike have borne and raised our nation's generation of heroes....

Under the Socialist system, tens of thousands of women have become specialists in different fields and, as cadre, serve as directors and vice-directors of factories, leaders of farming cooperatives, presidents of People’s Committees, and general secretaries of Party Cells....

And so, the women of Vietnam from ancient times until now, from South to North, from young to old, are truly heroes ..."

(Excerpted from President Ho Chi Minh's speech on the 36th Anniversary of Vietnam Women's Union 20 October 1966)

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