UN Rates Best, Worst Countries

UN Rates Best, Worst Countries
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A young woman balances plastic bags of drinking water on her head as she walks through the Kroo Bay slum of Freetown, Sierra Leone, on September 10, 2007.

Sierra Leone is the worst place on Earth to live, according to a new UN report on human development.

People born in 2005 have a life expectancy of about 41 years at birth—just a five-year increase between 1970 and 2005, the Human Development Report 2007/2008 said.

Their annual income per person is $806 (U.S.), compared to the $41,890 the average U.S. resident receives.

(See a photo of a Sierra Leone boatman.)

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