Bahrain has been ranked 45th in the world in an UN Human Development Report that looks at inequality.
The research examines topics including education, access to broadband, gender inequality and climate change.
The Kingdom performed well in a number of areas, with the report placing emphasis on the fact that Bahrain has just 12 pupils per teacher, and 100 percent of the rural population has access to electricity, drinking water and basic sanitation.
It also noted that the gender inequality had reduced by an average of 2.8 percent annually since 2005, and that the mortality rate attributed to unsafe water was 0.1 per 100,000.
Bahrain came third out of the GCC countries, behind the United Arab Emirates at 35th in the world and Saudi Arabia in 36th.
Oman came 47th, while Kuwait was the lowest among the GCC at 57th.
All of the GCC countries are considered to have ‘very high human development’.
Overall, Norway ranked as the top country according to human development. The Scandinavian country has a life expectancy of 82.3, versus Bahrain’s of 77.2, and their parliament is 41.4 percent female, versus 18.8 percent in Bahrain.