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National Human Development 2013: ‘People are the real wealth of the country’. How rich is Montenegro?

National Human Development Report 2013

Jun 19, 2013

Politicians, in every country perhaps, tend to repeat that ‘people are the real wealth of their countries’. What exactly it means, how this wealth is being accumulated and utilised is always an open issue with explicit practical and political implications. This is why the latest UNDP’s National Human Development Report (NHDR) for Montenegro, examines the state of country’s human capital (who are we?) and tries to respond to what it takes to succeed in the 21st century (where are we going?).


  • Montenegro belongs to the group of countries with high human development and it is ranked on 54th position in the world by HDI.
  • Almost half of the Montenegrin population (42%), especially older generations, continue to believe that the state, i.e. the Government is responsible to provide for them.
  • Nine out of ten citizens believe that for making progress in life it is important to be well connected with people in high positions and with political powers.
  • Majority (64%) would rather work in public sector with much lower salaries (€450), than in private sector with higher salaries (€750).
  • Only half of the employed do the job they are educated for, but less than 5% believe they need training to be able to cope with their job duties.

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