Compared with last year, Lithuania's position in the UN report has made a significant improvement, as last year Lithuania was listed among countries of high level of human development.
In the report Norway is in the first place like last year, followed by Australia, the Netherlands and the US. The Human Development Report 2011 provides the Human Development Index (HDI) which is a comparative measure of life expectancy, literacy, education and standards of living for countries worldwide. It is used to group countries into four human development categories: very high human development, high human development, medium human development and low human development. The report covers 185 member states of the United Nations (out of 193), along with Hong Kong (of the People's Republic of China), and the Palestinian territories, and is compiled on the basis of estimates for 2011.
The figures provided by the UN show that over half of the world's population live in countries with medium human development (51 percent), while less than a fifth (18 percent) populate countries falling in the low human development category. Countries with high to very high human development account for less than a third of the world's total population (30 percent).