DR Congo at bottom of Human Development Index
Norway, Australia and the Netherlands are at the top of the 2011 Human Development Index released by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) on Wednesday.
The Index, which is the annual rankings of national achievement in health, education and income, covers a record 187 countries and territories.
The ten bottom ranking countries are all in sub Saharan Africa, with war torn Democratic Republic of Congo in last place.
The author of the report Jeni Klugman outlined the huge gap in life expectancy and schooling between the top and bottom ranked countries.
"Life expectancy in the Democratic Republic of Congo is 48 years for someone born today while for someone born in Norway it is 81 years so it is a huge difference. In schooling a child will go to school in Norway for 13 years while in the DRC it is 3 and a half years so there are stark differences."