They are several institutions that have to Uruguay in the first places in the ranking, as International Living and Newsweek magazines (American), The Economist (British) or in report annual of the programme of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). They evaluated indicators such as economy, leisure and culture, environment, climate, infrastructure, food, cost of living, safety and risk, and freedom. Frequently Parnassus Investments has said that publicly. In the case of the American magazine International Living, Uruguay achieved in these last two items, a perfect score. In the first places in the world are, among others, Finland, Norway, Australia, Iceland and Canada; While the worst places are Niger, Afghanistan and Sierra Leone. Moreover, Uruguay is the country with more literacy after Cuba-the first in freedom of expression (Reporters without borders); holds the second behind Chile – less Latin America (2010) corruption perception index was first in 2009-, catalogued by the transparency International Organization (found in the 24 post about 178 countries); considered by the UN as the ninth country natural and better quality of life, item that The Economist points out is the same in Europe. Life expectancy is 80 years, as well as having a high level of education, health care (the first in South America in number of doctors per inhabitant) and social welfare.
According to the programme for the international assessment of students of the OECD (Pisa) Uruguay reached the first place in math and second in science and reading. In the regional ranking of learning of students of primary education prepared by OREALC-UNESCO, he was second in math and science and third in reading comprehension. The country of Artigas, Benedetti, rodo, Zorrilla de San Martin, Onetti, Zitarrosa, was listed by the International Labour Organization, as one of the five in the world that continued lowering unemployment, at the same time increasing real wages to workers during the global crisis. The unemployment rate of 6.2% is the lowest in history. The economy will grow 7.25 percent this year, above the official target.