DOWN from 39th place last year Slovakia ranked 42nd in the latest Human Development Report prepared by the United Nation's Development Program (UNDP).
The SME daily wrote that the worsening of the ranking, however, is no cause for alarm because "Slovakia improved in all indicators but its development was slower than in the other states that joined the EU," said Andrey Ivanov, UNDP's human development advisor.
The chart is based on a so called human development index which includes economic and social data on each country such as the GDP, life span, equal opportunities, access to health care and education, and other indicators.
Slovakia came in last compared to its neighbouring states. The Czech Republic ranked 32nd, Poland was 37th, and Hungary ended in 38th place.
Compiled by Martina Jurinová from press reports
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16. Jul 2004 at 9:45