Education Index

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The United Nations publishes a Human Development Index every year, which consists of the Life Expectancy Index, Education index, and Income index.[1] The Education Index is calculated from the Mean years of schooling index and the Expected years of schooling index.[1]

Education is a major component of well-being and is used in the measure of economic development and quality of life, which is a key factor determining whether a country is a developed, developing, or underdeveloped nation.


Change in value from the last report is given as follows:

  • Increase = increase.
  • Steady = steady.
  • Decrease = decrease.

The latest index used in the latest Human Development Report, is from 2013, and can be downloaded directly from the UNDP website.[2]

The table below lists the older data from 2007.[3] The scoring system remains the same: 1 is the highest possible theoretical score, indicating perfect education attainment. All countries considered to be developed countries possess a minimum score of 0.8 or above, although the great majority have a score of 0.9 or above. For ranking based on the Human Development Index, see List of countries by Human Development Index.

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