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List of countries by Human Development Index

World map indicating the categories of Human Development Index by country (based on 2015 and 2016 data, published on 21 March 2017).
     Very high      High      Medium      Low      Data unavailable
World map indicating the Human Development Index (based on 2015 and 2016 data, published on 21 March 2017).
     0.900 and over      0.850–0.899      0.800–0.849      0.750–0.799      0.700–0.749      0.650–0.699      0.600–0.649      0.550–0.599      0.500–0.549      0.450–0.499      0.400–0.449      0.350–0.399      0.349 and under      Data unavailable

This is a list of all countries by Human Development Index as included in a United Nations Development Programme's Human Development Report (released on 2 November 2011, put together based on estimates for 2011. It covers 185 member states of the United Nations (out of 193), along with Hong Kong (of the People's Republic of China), and the Palestinian territories; 8 UN member states are not included because there is not enough 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 way 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 effect of economic policies on quality of life. The index was developed in 1990 by Pakistani economist Mahbub ul Haq[1] and Indian economist Amartya Sen.[2]

Countries fall into four wide human development categories, each of which has 47 countries: Very High Human Development, High Human Development, Medium Human Development and Low Human Development (46 countries in this category).

From 2007 to 2010, the first two categories was referred to as developed countries, and the last two are all grouped in developing countries. The original "high human development" category has been split into two as above in the report for 2007.

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have been removed were based on the gross domestic product (GDP) in purchasing power parity (PPP) per capita, and have been replaced by another index based on the gross national income (GNI) in purchasing power parity per capita.

The country with the largest decrease in HDI since 1998 is Zimbabwe, falling from 0.514 in 1998 to 0.140 in 2010. The country with the largest decrease since 2009 is Cape Verde, which decreased by 0.170.

Over half of the world's population live in countries with "medium human development" (51%), while less than a fifth (18%) of the world's population are in countries that are in the "low human development" category. Countries with "high" to "very high" human development account for less than a third of the world's total population (30%).


Complete list of countriesEdit

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Very high human developmentEdit

High human developmentEdit

Medium human developmentEdit

Low human developmentEdit

List of countries by continentEdit




North America and the CaribbeanEdit

South AmericaEdit


List of countries by non-continental regionEdit

Arab LeagueEdit

Commonwealth of NationsEdit

East Asia and the PacificEdit

European UnionEdit

HDI by regions and groupsEdit

Countries missing from latest reportEdit


  1. The UN does not calculate the HDI of Macau. The government of Macau calculates its own HDI.[9]
  2. The UN does not recognize the Republic of China (Taiwan) as a sovereign state. The HDI report does not include Taiwan as part of the People's Republic of China when calculating China's figures (see[10]). Taiwan's government calculated its HDI to be 0.885, based on 2010 new methodology of UNDP.[11]


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  2. "The Human Development concept". UNDP. 2010. Retrieved 29 July 2011.
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  4. "2011 Human Development Report". United Nations Development Programme. p. 151. Retrieved 2 November 2011.
  5. "The 2013 Human Development Report – "The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World"". HDRO (Human Development Report Office) United Nations Development Programme. pp. 144–147. Retrieved 2 March 2013.
  6. "Human Development Report 2014 – "Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience"". HDRO (Human Development Report Office) United Nations Development Programme. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
  7. 7.00 7.01 7.02 7.03 7.04 7.05 7.06 7.07 7.08 7.09 7.10 7.11 7.12 7.13 7.14 7.15 7.16 7.17 7.18 7.19 7.20 7.21 7.22 7.23 7.24 7.25 7.26 7.27 7.28 7.29 Filling Gaps in the Human Development Index Archived 5 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine., United Nations ESCAP, February 2009
  8. "About Kosovo". UNDP. Retrieved 19 February 2017.
  9. "DSEC - 統計資料".
  10. "- Human Development Reports" (PDF).
  11. "2017中華民國人類發展指數(HDI)" (Excel) (in Chinese). Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics, Executive Yuan, R.O.C. 2017. Retrieved 21 April 2017.
  12. Fuentes-Ramírez, Ricardo R. (2017). "Human Development Index Trends and Inequality in Puerto Rico 2010-2015" (PDF). Ceteris Paribus: Journal of Socio-Economic Research 7. Retrieved 15 May 2017. 
  13. 13.00 13.01 13.02 13.03 13.04 13.05 13.06 13.07 13.08 13.09 13.10 Quel niveau de développement humain dans les outre-mer?, Agence Française de Developpment, 2012 (in French)