For the sixth year in a row, Norway has finished first in the United Nations Development Programme's Human Development Report. Norway finished with a Human Development Index (HDI) of 0.965. These images from Helgeland in northern Norway -- depicting a sunset and the fishing village of Træna -- come courtesy of Jurisdynamics correspondent Sonja Alsli.
The HDI figures also reveal serious disparities in welfare. The UNDP's report for 2006 states: "This year’s HDI, which refers to 2004, highlights the very large gaps in well-being and life chances that continue to divide our increasingly interconnected world." Niger finished last in the UNDP's survey of 177 countries with an HDI of 0.311. Nearly the entire country depends on agriculture or animal husbandry. As goes the Niger River delta (depicted below), so goes Niger.