List of countries by Human Development Index

List Of Countries By Human Development Index

List of countries by Human Development Index

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This is a list of all countries by Human Development Index as included in a United Nations Development Programme's Human Development Report ( on 4 November 2010, and on 10 June 2011), compiled on the basis of estimates for 2010. It covers 170 member states of the United Nations (out of 193), along with Hong Kong (of China), and the Palestinian territories; 23 UN member states are not included due to lack of data. The average HDI of regions of the World and groups of countries are also included for comparison.

The Human Development Index (HDI) is a comparative measure of life expectancy, literacy, education and standards of living for countries worldwide. It is a standard means of measuring well-being, especially child welfare. It is used to distinguish whether the country is a developed, a developing or an under-developed country, and also to measure the impact of economic policies on quality of life. The index was developed in 1990 by Pakistani economist Mahbub ul Haq and Indian economist Amartya Sen.

Countries fall into four broad human development categories, each of which comprises 43 countries: Very High Human Development, High Human Development, Medium Human Development and Low Human Development.

Due to the new methodology adopted in 2010 HD Report, its HDI figures appear lower than the HDI figures in previous reports.

Starting in the report for 2007, the first category is referred to as developed countries, and the last three...
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