Cape Verde ranked third amongst Portuguese-speaking countries in UNDP development report

13 November 2006

Praia, Cape Verde, 13 Nov – Cape Verde fell one place in the world ranking for human development, published Thursday by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), but remained in third place amongst countries with Portuguese as an official language.

According to Cape Verdean news agency Inforpress, in a list of 177 countries and territories, Cape Verde ranked in 106th place, falling one place in relation to its classification in 204 and 2005, in which it was ranked 105th.

All Portuguese-speaking countries fell in the UNDP Human Development Report, presented in Cape Town, South Africa Praia, except for Mozambique (which maintained its 168th place), due to a new calculation model introduced by the UNDP, which ahs drawn up the ranking since 1990.

The Human Development Report was once again topped by Norway and Niger was also ranked in last place again.

Amongst the eight Portuguese-speaking nations, Portugal was placed highest in the list, in 27th amongst 177 countries, followed by Brazil, in 69th place, and Cape Verde in 106th.

Sao Tome and Principe also fell one place, from 126th to 127th place. East Timor, which in 2005 rose 18 places, fell two places this year, to 142nd and Angola was in 161st place.

Mozambique and Guinea Bissau, in 168th and 173rd position, respectively, are part of a group of ten countries with a human development index considered to be low.

Angola and Mozambique, in the report, were amongst the 10 countries with lowest life-expectancy, of 41 and 41.6 years, respectively, with only Sierra Leone (41 years), Malawi (39.8), Central African Republic (39.1), Zambia (37.7), Zimbabwe (36.6), Lesotho (35.2), Botswana (34.9) and Swaziland (31,3) ranking lower.

In this category, Cape Verde ranked well (70.7 years), and was the best-placed Portuguese-speaking African country, while Portugal was the best-placed Portuguese-speaking country overall. (macauhub)