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0.677–0.784 (High)
0.488–0.676 (Medium)
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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 4 November 2010, compiled on the basis of estimates for 2010. It covers 168 UN member states (out of 192) and Hong Kong. Twenty four 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.[1]

Countries fall into four broad human development categories, each of which comprises 42 countries (except for the second category, comprising 43 countries)[2]. The divisions are:

Division comprising:
Very high 42 countries
High 43 countries
Medium 42 countries
Low 42 countries

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 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) 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been removed that were based on the gross national income (GNI) in purchasing power parity (PPP) per capita, and have been replaced by another index based on the gross domestic product (GDP) in purchasing power parity per capita.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[edit | edit source]

  • ▲ = 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 4 November 2010 and estimates the HDI of countries for 2010.
  • The number in brackets represents the number of ranks the country has climbed (up or down) relative to the revised estimates for 2007, released on 5 October 2009.

Very high human development (developed countries)[edit | edit source]

Rank Country HDI
New 2010 estimates for 2010
[3]
Change compared to old 2009 values for 2007 New 2010 estimates for 2010
[3]
Change compared to new 2010 estimates for 2009
[3]
1 Template:Flag 0.938 ▲ 0.001
2 Template:Flag 0.937 ▲ 0.002
3 (17) Template:Flag 0.907 ▲ 0.003
4 (9) Template:Flag 0.902 ▲ 0.003
5 Template:Flag 0.895 ▲ 0.001
6 (13) Template:Flag 0.891 ▲ 0.002
7 (1) Template:Flag 0.890 ▲ 0.002
8 (4) Template:Flag 0.888 ▲ 0.002
9 (2) Template:Flag 0.885 ▲ 0.001
10 (12) Template:Flag 0.885 ▲ 0.002
11 (1) Template:Flag 0.884 ▲ 0.003
12 (14) Template:Flag 0.877 ▲ 0.005
13 (4) Template:Flag 0.874 ▲ 0.002
14 (6) Template:Flag 0.872 ▲ 0.003
15 (12) Template:Flag 0.872 ▲ 0.001
16 (4) Template:Flag 0.871 ▲ 0.002
17 (14) Template:Flag 0.869
18 (1) Template:Flag 0.867 ▲ 0.002
19 (3) Template:Flag 0.866 ▲ 0.002
20 (5) Template:Flag 0.863 ▲ 0.002
21 (3) Template:Flag 0.862 ▲ 0.005
22 (3) Template:Flag 0.855 ▲ 0.002
23 (5) Template:Flag 0.854 ▲ 0.003
24 (13) Template:Flag 0.852 ▲ 0.002
25 (11) Template:Flag 0.851 ▲ 0.002
26 (5) Template:Flag 0.849 ▲ 0.002
27 (5) Template:Flag 0.846 ▲ 0.005
28 (8) Template:Flag 0.841
29 Template:Flag 0.828 ▲ 0.002
30 (2) Template:Flag 0.824 ▲ 0.002
31 (11) Template:Flag 0.818 ▲ 0.003
32 (3) Template:Flag 0.815 ▲ 0.003
33 (5) Template:Flag 0.815 ▲ 0.002
34 (6) Template:Flag 0.812 ▲ 0.003
35 (3) Template:Flag 0.810 ▲ 0.001
36 (7) Template:Flag 0.805 ▲ 0.002
37 (7) Template:Flag 0.805 ▲ 0.001
38 (5) Template:Flag 0.803 ▲ 0.005
39 Template:Flag 0.801 ▲ 0.003
40 (6) Template:Flag 0.795 ▲ 0.004
41 Template:Flag 0.795 ▲ 0.004
42 (5) Template:Flag 0.788 ▲ 0.001

High human development (developing countries)[edit | edit source]

Rank Country HDI
New 2010 estimates for 2010
[3]
Change compared to old 2009 values for 2007 New 2010 estimates for 2010
[3]
Change compared to new 2010 estimates for 2009
[3]
43 (9) Template:Flag 0.784 ▲ 0.001
44 (2) Template:Flag 0.783 ▲ 0.001
45 (1) Template:Flag 0.783 ▲ 0.004
46 (3) Template:Flag 0.775 ▲ 0.003
47 (16) Template:Flag 0.771 ▲ 0.002
48 Template:Flag 0.769
49 (16) Template:Flag 0.769 ▲ 0.001
50 (13) Template:Flag 0.767 ▲ 0.003
51 (6) Template:Flag 0.767 ▲ 0.002
52 (2) Template:Flag 0.765 ▲ 0.005
53 (2) Template:Flag 0.755 ▲ 0.006
54 (6) Template:Flag 0.755 ▲ 0.004
55 (4) Template:Flag 0.752 ▲ 0.004
56 (3) Template:Flag 0.750 ▲ 0.005
57 (9) Template:Flag 0.744 ▲ 0.005
58 (3) Template:Flag 0.743 ▲ 0.002
59 (5) Template:Flag 0.736 ▲ 0.004
60 (7) Template:Flag 0.735 ▲ 0.002
61 (7) Template:Flag 0.732 ▲ 0.003
62 (8) Template:Flag 0.725 ▲ 0.002
63 (15) Template:Flag 0.723 ▲ 0.005
64 (6) Template:Flag 0.719 ▲ 0.003
65 (6) Template:Flag 0.719 ▲ 0.005
66 (16) Template:Flag 0.714 ▲ 0.003
67 (19) Template:Flag 0.713 ▲ 0.003
68 (8) Template:Flag 0.710 ▲ 0.001
69 (16) Template:Flag 0.710 ▲ 0.004
70 (18) Template:Flag 0.702 ▲ 0.005
71 (1) Template:Flag 0.701 ▲ 0.004
72 (9) Template:Flag 0.701 ▲ 0.004
73 (2) Template:Flag 0.699 ▲ 0.006
74 (15) Template:Flag 0.698 ▲ 0.003
75 (17) Template:Flag 0.696
76 (8) Template:Flag 0.695 ▲ 0.002
77 (3) Template:Flag 0.695 ▲ 0.003
78 (15) Template:Flag 0.694
79 (2) Template:Flag 0.689 ▲ 0.004
80 (20) Template:Flag 0.688 ▲ 0.002
81 (17) Template:Flag 0.683 ▲ 0.006
82 (14) Template:Flag 0.681 ▲ 0.004
83 (4) Template:Flag 0.679 ▲ 0.005
84 (20) Template:Flag 0.677 ▲ 0.006
85 (14) Template:Flag 0.677 ▲ 0.002

Medium human development (developing countries)[edit | edit source]

Rank Country HDI
New 2010 estimates for 2010
[3]
Change compared to old 2009 values for 2007 New 2010 estimates for 2010
[3]
Change compared to new 2010 estimates for 2009
[3]
86 (2) Template:Flag 0.669 ▲ 0.002
87 (1) Template:Flag 0.669 ▲ 0.007
88 (1) Template:Flag 0.663 ▲ 0.003
89 (2) Template:Flag 0.663[4] ▲ 0.008
90 (1) Template:Flag 0.659 ▲ 0.004
91 (2) Template:Flag 0.658 ▲ 0.005
92 (7) Template:Flag 0.654 ▲ 0.006
93 (3) Template:Flag 0.648 ▲ 0.006
94 (2) Template:Flag 0.646 ▲ 0.003
95 (2) Template:Flag 0.643 ▲ 0.006
96 (1) Template:Flag 0.640 ▲ 0.006
97 (1) Template:Flag 0.638 ▲ 0.003
98 (2) Template:Flag 0.633 ▲ 0.006
99 (5) Template:Flag 0.623 ▲ 0.003
100 (8) Template:Flag 0.622 ▲ 0.006
101 Template:Flag 0.620 ▲ 0.006
102 Template:Flag 0.617 ▲ 0.005
103 Template:Flag 0.614 ▲ 0.002
104 Template:Flag 0.611 ▲ 0.006
105 Template:Flag 0.606 ▲ 0.003
106 Template:Flag 0.604 ▲ 0.003
107 (2) Template:Flag 0.602 ▲ 0.007
108 (1) Template:Flag 0.600 ▲ 0.007
109 (1) Template:Flag 0.598 ▲ 0.004
110 Template:Flag 0.597 ▲ 0.003
111 Template:Flag 0.589 ▲ 0.003
112 Template:Flag 0.580 ▲ 0.004
113 Template:Flag 0.572 ▲ 0.006
114 Template:Flag 0.567 ▲ 0.005
115 (1) Template:Flag 0.565 ▲ 0.003
116 (1) Template:Flag 0.560 ▲ 0.004
117 Template:Flag 0.538 ▲ 0.002
118 Template:Flag 0.534 ▲ 0.003
119 Template:Flag 0.519 ▲ 0.007
120 Template:Flag 0.502 ▲ 0.005
121 Template:Flag 0.498 ▲ 0.006
122 (1) Template:Flag 0.497 ▲ 0.007
123 (1) Template:Flag 0.494 ▲ 0.002
124 Template:Flag 0.494 ▲ 0.005
125 (1) Template:Flag 0.490 ▲ 0.003
126 (1) Template:Flag 0.489 ▲ 0.006
127 Template:Flag 0.488 ▲ 0.003

Low human development (developing countries)[edit | edit source]

Rank Country HDI
New 2010 estimates for 2010
[3]
Change compared to old 2009 values for 2007 New 2010 estimates for 2010
[3]
Change compared to new 2010 estimates for 2009
[3]
128 (1) Template:Flag 0.470 ▲ 0.006
129 (1) Template:Flag 0.469 ▲ 0.006
130 Template:Flag 0.467 ▲ 0.004
131 Template:Flag 0.460 ▲ 0.004
132 (1) Template:Flag 0.451 ▲ 0.007
133 (1) Template:Flag 0.439 ▲ 0.008
134 Template:Flag 0.435 ▲ 0.003
135 Template:Flag 0.435 ▼ 0.001
136 Template:Flag 0.433 ▲ 0.004
137 Template:Flag 0.431 ▲ 0.005
138 Template:Flag 0.428 ▲ 0.005
139 Template:Flag 0.428 ▲ 0.003
140 (1) Template:Flag 0.428 ▲ 0.002
141 (1) Template:Flag 0.427 ▲ 0.004
142 (2) Template:Flag 0.423 ▲ 0.004
143 Template:Flag 0.422 ▲ 0.006
144 Template:Flag 0.411 ▲ 0.003
145 Template:Flag 0.404 ▼ 0.006
146 (2) Template:Flag 0.403 ▲ 0.004
147 Template:Flag 0.402 ▲ 0.003
148 (2) Template:Flag 0.398 ▲ 0.006
149 Template:Flag 0.397 ▲ 0.003
150 Template:Flag 0.395 ▲ 0.008
151 Template:Flag 0.390 ▲ 0.005
152 (2) Template:Flag 0.385 ▲ 0.006
153 (1) Template:Flag 0.385 ▲ 0.009
154 (1) Template:Flag 0.379 ▲ 0.004
155 Template:Flag 0.349 ▲ 0.007
156 Template:Flag 0.340 ▲ 0.002
157 (1) Template:Flag 0.328 ▲ 0.004
158 (1) Template:Flag 0.317 ▲ 0.004
159 Template:Flag 0.315 ▲ 0.004
160 (1) Template:Flag 0.309 ▲ 0.004
161 (1) Template:Flag 0.305 ▲ 0.002
162 Template:Flag 0.300 ▲ 0.006
163 Template:Flag 0.295 ▲ 0.002
164 Template:Flag 0.289 ▲ 0.003
165 Template:Flag 0.284 ▲ 0.004
166 Template:Flag 0.282 ▲ 0.006
167 Template:Flag 0.261 ▲ 0.003
168 Template:Flag 0.239 ▲ 0.006
169 Template:Flag 0.140 ▲ 0.022

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