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Economy > Human Development Index: Countries Compared

Author: Luke Metcalfe, Founder, NationMaster

Author: Luke Metcalfe, Founder, NationMaster

The Human Development Index combines multiple stats to provide a more full picture of human development. Its inputs are income (namely GNI per capita), duration of education and life expectancy. It was created in 1990 with the goal of shifting the focus towards human well-being rather than popular income-centric measures like GDP per capita.

All regions have produced steady improvements in HDI, with Asia showing the fastest growth. Sub-Saharan African grow has been slow however.

In 2013, the top 9 scoring countries are all either Northern European or English Speaking.

DEFINITION: The human development index values in this table were calculated using a consistent methodology and consistent data series. They are not strictly comparable with those in earlier Human Development Reports..

CONTENTS

# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH
1 NorwayNorway 0.963 2006
2 IcelandIceland 0.956 2006
3 AustraliaAustralia 0.955 2006
4 CanadaCanada 0.949 2006
5 LuxembourgLuxembourg 0.949 2006
6 SwedenSweden 0.949 2006
7 SwitzerlandSwitzerland 0.947 2006
8 IrelandIreland 0.946 2006
9 BelgiumBelgium 0.945 2006
10 United StatesUnited States 0.944 2006
11 NetherlandsNetherlands 0.943 2006
12 JapanJapan 0.943 2006
13 FinlandFinland 0.941 2006
14 DenmarkDenmark 0.941 2006
Group of 7 countries (G7) averageGroup of 7 countries (G7) average 0.94 2006
15 United KingdomUnited Kingdom 0.939 2006
16 FranceFrance 0.938 2006
17 AustriaAustria 0.936 2006
18 ItalyItaly 0.934 2006
19 New ZealandNew Zealand 0.933 2006
20 GermanyGermany 0.93 2006
21 SpainSpain 0.928 2006
High income OECD countries averageHigh income OECD countries average 0.924 2006
22 Hong KongHong Kong 0.916 2006
23 IsraelIsrael 0.915 2006
24 GreeceGreece 0.912 2006
Eurozone averageEurozone average 0.911 2006
25 SingaporeSingapore 0.907 2006
26 PortugalPortugal 0.904 2006
27 SloveniaSlovenia 0.904 2006
28 South KoreaSouth Korea 0.901 2006
European Union averageEuropean Union average 0.897 2006
29 CyprusCyprus 0.891 2006
NATO countries averageNATO average 0.889 2006
30 BarbadosBarbados 0.878 2006
31 Czech RepublicCzech Republic 0.874 2006
Non-religious countries averageNon-religious countries average 0.872 2006
32 MaltaMalta 0.867 2006
Europe averageEurope average 0.867 2006
33 BruneiBrunei 0.866 2006
34 ArgentinaArgentina 0.863 2006
35 HungaryHungary 0.862 2006
36 PolandPoland 0.858 2006
37 ChileChile 0.854 2006
38 EstoniaEstonia 0.853 2006
39 LithuaniaLithuania 0.852 2006
40 SlovakiaSlovakia 0.849 2006
41 QatarQatar 0.849 2006
42 United Arab EmiratesUAE 0.849 2006
43 BahrainBahrain 0.846 2006
44 KuwaitKuwait 0.844 2006
45 CroatiaCroatia 0.841 2006
46 UruguayUruguay 0.84 2006
47 Costa RicaCosta Rica 0.838 2006
Cold countries averageCold countries average 0.838 2006
48 LatviaLatvia 0.836 2006
49 Saint Kitts and NevisSt Kitts+ 0.834 2006
50 The BahamasThe Bahamas 0.832 2006
51 SeychellesSeychelles 0.821 2006
52 CubaCuba 0.817 2006
53 MexicoMexico 0.814 2006
54 TongaTonga 0.81 2006
Heavily indebted countries averageHeavily indebted countries average 0.809 2006
55 BulgariaBulgaria 0.808 2006
56 PanamaPanama 0.804 2006
57 Trinidad and TobagoTrinidad+ 0.801 2006
Eastern Europe averageEastern Europe average 0.8 2006
58 LibyaLibya 0.799 2006
59 Antigua and BarbudaAntigua+ 0.797 2006
60 MalaysiaMalaysia 0.796 2006
61 RussiaRussia 0.795 2006
62 RomaniaRomania 0.792 2006
63 BrazilBrazil 0.792 2006
64 MauritiusMauritius 0.791 2006
65 GrenadaGrenada 0.787 2006
66 Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia+ 0.786 2006
67 BelarusBelarus 0.786 2006
68 ColombiaColombia 0.785 2006
69 DominicaDominica 0.783 2006
70 OmanOman 0.781 2006
71 AlbaniaAlbania 0.78 2006
72 ThailandThailand 0.778 2006
73 SamoaSamoa 0.776 2006
Emerging markets averageEmerging markets average 0.775 2006
74 VenezuelaVenezuela 0.772 2006
75 Saudi ArabiaSaudi Arabia 0.772 2006
76 Saint LuciaSaint Lucia 0.772 2006
Catholic countries averageCatholic countries average 0.768 2006
Latin America and Caribbean averageLatin America and Caribbean average 0.767 2006
77 UkraineUkraine 0.766 2006
Former Spanish colonies averageFormer Spanish colonies average 0.763 2006
78 PeruPeru 0.762 2006
79 KazakhstanKazakhstan 0.761 2006
80 EcuadorEcuador 0.759 2006
81 LebanonLebanon 0.759 2006
82 ArmeniaArmenia 0.759 2006
83 PhilippinesPhilippines 0.758 2006
Middle Eastern and North Africa averageMiddle Eastern and North Africa average 0.758 2006
Former Soviet republics averageFormer Soviet republics average 0.755 2006
84 SurinameSuriname 0.755 2006
85 ParaguayParaguay 0.755 2006
86 Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesSt Vincent+ 0.755 2006
87 ChinaChina 0.755 2006
88 BelizeBelize 0.753 2006
89 JordanJordan 0.753 2006
90 TunisiaTunisia 0.753 2006
91 FijiFiji 0.752 2006
92 Sri LankaSri Lanka 0.751 2006
93 TurkeyTurkey 0.75 2006
94 Dominican RepublicDominican Rep. 0.749 2006
95 MaldivesMaldives 0.745 2006
96 TurkmenistanTurkmenistan 0.738 2006
97 JamaicaJamaica 0.738 2006
98 IranIran 0.736 2006
99 GeorgiaGeorgia 0.732 2006
100 Gaza StripGaza Strip 0.729 2006
101 West BankWest Bank 0.729 2006
102 AzerbaijanAzerbaijan 0.729 2006
OPEC countries averageOPEC countries average 0.724 2006
103 El SalvadorEl Salvador 0.722 2006
104 AlgeriaAlgeria 0.722 2006
105 SyriaSyria 0.721 2006
106 Cape VerdeCape Verde 0.721 2006
107 GuyanaGuyana 0.72 2006
108 VietnamVietnam 0.704 2006
109 KyrgyzstanKyrgyzstan 0.702 2006
110 IndonesiaIndonesia 0.697 2006
111 UzbekistanUzbekistan 0.694 2006
112 NicaraguaNicaragua 0.69 2006
113 BoliviaBolivia 0.687 2006
Former British colonies averageFormer British colonies average 0.682 2006
114 MongoliaMongolia 0.679 2006
115 MoldovaMoldova 0.671 2006
116 HondurasHonduras 0.667 2006
117 GuatemalaGuatemala 0.663 2006
118 VanuatuVanuatu 0.659 2006
119 EgyptEgypt 0.659 2006
120 South AfricaSouth Africa 0.658 2006
121 Equatorial GuineaEqu. Guinea 0.655 2006
122 TajikistanTajikistan 0.652 2006
South and Central Asia averageSouth and Central Asia average 0.646 2006
Hot countries averageHot countries average 0.638 2006
Muslim countries averageMuslim countries average 0.636 2006
123 GabonGabon 0.635 2006
124 MoroccoMorocco 0.631 2006
125 NamibiaNamibia 0.627 2006
126 Sao Tome and PrincipeSoa Tome+ 0.604 2006
127 IndiaIndia 0.602 2006
128 Solomon IslandsSolomon Islands 0.594 2006
129 BurmaBurma 0.578 2006
130 CambodiaCambodia 0.571 2006
131 BotswanaBotswana 0.565 2006
132 ComorosComoros 0.547 2006
South Asia averageSouth Asia average 0.546 2006
133 LaosLaos 0.545 2006
134 BhutanBhutan 0.536 2006
135 PakistanPakistan 0.527 2006
136 NepalNepal 0.526 2006
137 Papua New GuineaPapua NG 0.523 2006
138 BangladeshBangladesh 0.52 2006
139 GhanaGhana 0.52 2006
140 East TimorEast Timor 0.513 2006
141 Congo, Republic of theCongo, Republic of the 0.512 2006
142 SudanSudan 0.512 2006
143 TogoTogo 0.512 2006
Former French colonies averageFormer French colonies average 0.511 2006
144 UgandaUganda 0.508 2006
145 ZimbabweZimbabwe 0.505 2006
146 MadagascarMadagascar 0.499 2006
147 SwazilandSwaziland 0.498 2006
148 CameroonCameroon 0.497 2006
149 LesothoLesotho 0.497 2006
150 DjiboutiDjibouti 0.495 2006
151 YemenYemen 0.489 2006
Sub-Saharan Africa averageSub-Saharan Africa average 0.481 2006
152 MauritaniaMauritania 0.477 2006
153 HaitiHaiti 0.475 2006
154 KenyaKenya 0.474 2006
155 The GambiaThe Gambia 0.47 2006
156 GuineaGuinea 0.466 2006
157 SenegalSenegal 0.458 2006
158 NigeriaNigeria 0.453 2006
159 RwandaRwanda 0.45 2006
160 AngolaAngola 0.445 2006
161 EritreaEritrea 0.444 2006
162 BeninBenin 0.431 2006
163 Cote d'IvoireCote d'Ivoire 0.42 2006
164 TanzaniaTanzania 0.418 2006
165 MalawiMalawi 0.404 2006
166 ZambiaZambia 0.394 2006
167 Democratic Republic of the CongoCongo, DR. 0.385 2006
168 MozambiqueMozambique 0.379 2006
169 BurundiBurundi 0.378 2006
170 EthiopiaEthiopia 0.367 2006
171 Central African RepublicCentral Africa 0.355 2006
172 Guinea-BissauGuinea-Bissau 0.348 2006
173 ChadChad 0.341 2006
174 MaliMali 0.333 2006
175 Burkina FasoBurkina Faso 0.317 2006
176 Sierra LeoneSierra Leone 0.298 2006
177 NigerNiger 0.281 2006

Citation

"All countries compared for Economy > Human Development Index", Human Development Report 2006, United Nations Development Programme. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Economy/Human-Development-Index

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The Human Development Index combines multiple stats to provide a more full picture of human development. Its inputs are income (namely GNI per capita), duration of education and life expectancy. It was created in 1990 with the goal of shifting the focus towards human well-being rather than popular income-centric measures like GDP per capita.

All regions have produced steady improvements in HDI, with Asia showing the fastest growth. Sub-Saharan African grow has been slow however.

In 2013, the top 9 scoring countries are all either Northern European or English Speaking.

Posted on 10 Dec 2013

Luke Metcalfe, Founder, NationMaster

Luke Metcalfe, Founder, NationMaster

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Must admit this is actually an interesting, but not wholly comprehensive index of statistics. But there's not much point in Mr. Sri Lanka or Mr. India in trying to claim one being better than the other as it changes based on what OTHER countries do. As well as interesting questions like "How can it be possible that some countries rank higher than the USA?"

http://www.nationsonline.org/oneworld/human_development.htm

I'd say it's because of the wealth gap between rich and poor. You'll see that on the HDI list, my country (New Zealand) is (somehow!) fifth, right behind the USA's 4th, yet include income gaps, and USA falls to 23rd/30 tracked countries, and NZ doesn't even make it onto the list!! For my way of thinking, this means that the wage gap in both countries is rather poor indeed. Norway, Australia and the Netherlands must surely take some credit for making top 5 spots in both lists.

Posted on 07 Oct 2012

MJ

MJ

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To Answer Abbas question What makes Sri Lanka a better place to live compared to India?

First of all you are right in that There are a lot of human rights(HR) abuses in Sri Lanka and that lots of civilians/children were killed during the last stages of the war.

However you have to look at the overall picture. The HDI takes into account factors GDP per capita (PPP), life expectancy,literacy, years of education etc.. Despite the disastrous war standards of living in Sri Lanka are relatively higher compared to INDIA. Literacy in Sri Lanka stands at 90%(2011) much higher than India's literacy of 74%(2011). Life expectancy in SL is at 74.4 yr s(2011) much higher than the Indian life expectancy of 65.5(2011).GDP per capita is relatively higher is SL than it is in India.

Second of all what about HR abuses in India. They aren't exactly the beacon of Human rights. For example Dalits and Adivasis In India are at the bottom of the Economic ladder of India, many are landless Labourers and are treated almost as badly as slaves by Upper caste Hindus. They are routinely abused, lynched, harrased, massacred by upper caste Hindus and the authorities(who are upper castes). Adivasis are often kicked of their lands by large companies who are after resources in their areas and authorities are complicit in this. SO PLEASE DON'T TRY TO TELL ME THAT THE HR SITUATION IN INDIA IS ANY BETTER THAN IN SRI LANKA.


Thirdly you talk about children in SR being slaughtered and rightfully so, but what about all the children India who die of malnutrition(1/2 of all malnutiritioned children in the world come from India), isn't that just as bad because they are dying of Govt. negligence. You have to remember that parts of India are as poor as Sub Saharan Africa.

Fourthly Former Yugoslav countries such as Bosnia, Serbia,Croatia committed the same HR abuses that SR is committing now. E.g Slobadan Melosovic and Bosnian death camps where 1000's or more Bosnian women and children were slaughtered. However a lot of these Yugoslav countries have much better standards of living than many 3rd world countries including your India.

Posted on 15 Apr 2011

ABCD

ABCD

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HDI takes into account a country's life expectancy at birth, adult literacy levels and educational attainment, and real GDP per capita income in US dollars.
It measures the quality of life of every country in the world.
Stop treating it as anything else.

Posted on 01 Apr 2011

Amy

Amy

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Marie ,

The HDI of a country is based on different factors.
the main reason for the uk being 15th is probably to do with the literacy rate being higher than chinas and also the number of people that are able to read and write to a certain standard before a certain age.
Hope this helps

Posted on 26 Feb 2011

Rosie

Rosie

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I think United Kingdom goes down. Becuase they support terrorist organisations such as L.T.T.E. We thought that UK is so democratic and secure. They even couldnt give good security to conduct a lecture at the Oxford University by the Sri Lankan president Mr Mahinda rajapakse. They are poor in every aspect. They have taken pounds from tamil terrorists diaspora. So weak country.

Posted on 15 Dec 2010

Rohan

Rohan

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Some of the figures are incorrect in Sri Lanka's point of view. Population below poverty is around 12 percent. But in here it 22%. Also tourists arrivals upto December 12 is 600000. Otherwise Sri Lanka's rank will go up

Posted on 15 Dec 2010

Rohan

Rohan

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@ Belanger:
Your comment is clear and informative, but are you sure about the veracity of your last sentence? "If a country wants political and financial power they have no choice but to sacrifice the social well being of its citizens."

By comparing the GINI index and the GPD per capita (both available on this site) it appears that a great many of the countries that invest heavily in social equality are also very wealthy. The US is unusual in being wealthy *despite* great inequality.

Posted on 11 Nov 2010

BillD

BillD

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Think Human Development Index should see how Bhutan is carrying out happiness index. Much better. Education and wealth makes people suffer more...more we know more get confused and more desire. Basic necessities is enough.

Posted on 05 Nov 2010

Rock

Rock

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There are many comments on here that show a lack of understanding of what the HDI is about. It is published by the United Nations Development Program annually and it looks at far more than economics. It takes into account life expectancy, gender equality, health care, literacy levels, education, child well being, etc. It is not rigged or fixed. It is a comprehensive report based on facts from each country. Norway is at the top because it is a country that promotes social programs and values the social welfare of it's citizens. Investing is social programs equals higher quality of life all around. The USA, while powerful on a political and economic level is not advanced in its social programs. This is not a put down on the United States. It's just a fact. If you look at the social investment made by all the countries ranked above the USA you will understand this. If a country wants political and financial power they have no choice but to sacrifice the social well being of its citizens.

Posted on 15 Oct 2010

Belanger

Belanger

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There are many comments on here that show a lack of understanding of what the HDI is about. It is published by the United nations Development Program annually and it looks at far more than economics. It takes into account life expectancy, gender equality, health care, literacy levels, education, child well being, etc. This is why the USA is where they are. It is not rigged or fixed. It is a comprehensive report based on facts from each country. Norway is at the top because it is a country that promotes social programs and values the social welfare of it's citizens. investing is social programs equals higher quality of life all around. The USA, while powerful on a political and economic level (although it owes trillions of dollars to other countries including China) is not advanced in its social programs. This is not a put down on the United States. It's just a fact. If you look at the social investment made by all the countries ranked above the USA you will understand this. If a country wants political and financial power they have no choice but to sacrifice the social well being of it's citizens.

Posted on 15 Oct 2010

Belanger

Belanger

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The US is #13 on the latest report. Of the top 10 countries on the most recent report, all of them have a smaller wealth gap than the United States and some form of universal healthcare. The wealth gap, although not black and white in terms of correlation, is statistically significant.

Posted on 07 Feb 2010

Something interesting

Something interesting

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Countries high on the Human Development Index tend to have annual population growth rates of 1 percent or less, high urban population percentages (65 percent and up) and balanced percentages of people under 15 and over 65 years of age. Those low on the index tend to have annual population growth rates of 1.5 percent or higher, less than 35 percent of the population in urban areas, and an under-15 population that greatly outnumbers those above 65 years (in most cases, more than 10 times as many.)

Posted on 26 Jan 2010

aiana katrina mendoza

aiana katrina mendoza

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It is impossible for countries with a low HDI to move higher in the index without getting a stable government as there is an obvious correlation between poorer countries and those with wars and corrupt governments. No aid should be given to these countries either as (like in Zimbabwe's case) the money given to them goes straight into the burgeoning pockets of those in the government.

Posted on 10 Jan 2010

alexwisdom

alexwisdom

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I do not know why developed countries like to see and continue to see developed countries like Ethiopia remaining on the bottom of HDI. What I think is that they must give their support-support that can really help them move out from that rampant poverty and the over 83 million people can see something different.
But with that fire fighting like support that is just for daily consumption, I do not think the HDI will be different in the coming decade even!

Posted on 27 Oct 2009

Solomon Wakjira

Solomon Wakjira

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The Human Development Index is calculated using various indicators for quality of life, such as health indicators and access to healthcare services, life expectancy at birth, nutrition levels, education and literacy levels, access to basic needs such as water and sanitation, and so on. It also takes into account GDP per capita in terms of Purchasing Power Parity and percentage of the population living below the poverty line.

Countries high on the Human Development Index tend to have annual population growth rates of 1 percent or less, high urban population percentages (65 percent and up) and balanced percentages of people under 15 and over 65 years of age. Those low on the index tend to have annual population growth rates of 1.5 percent or higher, less than 35 percent of the population in urban areas, and an under-15 population that greatly outnumbers those above 65 years (in most cases, more than 10 times as many.)

Posted on 23 Feb 2005

Ian Graham <br>Staff Editor

Ian Graham <br>Staff Editor

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