The latest human development report presented by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) revealed some interesting things: Costa Ricans live longer, reach higher levels of education and receive higher incomes.
The country is ranked ninth in Latin America and the Caribbean and it is ranked 66th in the world. It grew 3 positions compared to the results of 2010. The study analyzed the indicators of 188 nations.
Despite the trend of sustained growth that the country has shown in the last 25 years, the report warns that development has not reached the entire population and that there are great inequalities in minority sectors, especially when related to women, who do not have the same values and economic benefits as men of the country.
The average life expectancy rose from 75 years in 1990, to 79.6 years by 2015. The investment made by governments in health and universal insurance have made a great difference when compared to other countries in the region. Women live 5 years longer than men.
In the education area, the country also showed positive indicators.
The average citizens’ income has doubled in the last 25 years: It went from $ 7,000 a year in 1990 to $ 14,000 by 2015.