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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 Program's Human Development Report released on October 5, 2009, compiled on the basis of data from 2007. It covers 180 UN member states (out of 192), along with: Hong Kong (SAR of China) and PA-governed territories. Twelve 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 categories based on their HDI: very high (added in the report for 2007), high (split in the same report), medium and low human development. Starting in the report for 2007, the first category is referred to as ''developed countries'', and the last three are all grouped in ''developing countries''.

Some older groupings (''high/medium/low income countries'') have been removed that were based on the gross national income (GNI) in purchasing power parity (PPP) per capita, and have been replaced by another index based on the gross domestic product (GDP) in purchasing power parity per capita.

Complete list of countries



* = increase.
* = steady.
* = decrease.
* Similar HDI values in the current list do not lead to ranking ties, since the HDI rank is actually determined using HDI values to the sixth decimal point.
* This revision of the index was released on October 5th, 2009 and covers the period up to 2007.
* The number in brackets represents the number of ranks the country has climbed (up or down) relative to the revised estimates for 2006, released on October 5th, 2009.

=== Very high human development (developed countries) ===







=== High human development (developing countries)===







=== Medium human development (developing countries)===






Low human development (least developed countries)








List of countries by continent




Africa




10 highest HDIs


10 lowest HDIs



Americas




10 highest HDIs


10 lowest HDIs



Asia & Oceania




10 highest HDIs


10 lowest HDIs



Europe




10 highest HDIs


10 lowest HDIs



HDI by regions & groups











Countries missing from latest report






UN member states (latest UNDP data)





Non-UN members (not calculated by the UNDP)






Notes





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