List of sovereign states in Asia and Oceania by Human Development Index

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This is a list of sovereign states in Asia and Oceania by Human Development Index as included in a United Nations Development Programme's Human Development Report (released in 2013). It covers the member states of the United Nations,[nb 1] along with Hong Kong (of the People's Republic of China), and the Palestinian territories; Some 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[1] and Indian economist Amartya Sen.[2]

Due to the new methodology adopted in 2013 HD Report, its HDI figures appear lower than the HDI figures in previous reports.

Asia and Oceania[edit]

State (57) HDI
2012[3] 2013[4]
 Afghanistan 0.374 0.468
 Australia 0.938 0.933
 Bahrain 0.796 0.815
 Bangladesh 0.515 0.558
 Bhutan 0.538 0.584
 Brunei 0.855 0.852
 Cambodia 0.543 0.584
 China 0.699 0.719
 Fiji 0.702 0.724
 Hong Kong 0.906 0.891
 India 0.554 0.586
 Indonesia 0.629 0.684
 Iran 0.742 0.749
 Iraq 0.590 0.642
 Israel 0.900 0.888
 Japan 0.912 0.890
 Jordan 0.700 0.745
 Kazakhstan 0.754 0.757
 Kiribati 0.629 0.607
 Kuwait 0.790 0.814
 Kyrgyzstan 0.622 0.628
 Laos 0.543 0.569
 Lebanon 0.745 0.765
 Malaysia 0.769 0.773
 Maldives 0.688 0.698
 Micronesia 0.645 0.630
 Mongolia 0.675 0.698
 Myanmar 0.498 0.524
   Nepal 0.463 0.540
 New Zealand 0.919 0.910
 Oman 0.731 0.783
 Pakistan 0.515 0.537
 Palau 0.791 0.775
 Palestine 0.670 0.686
 Papua New Guinea 0.466 0.491
 Philippines 0.654 0.660
 Qatar 0.834 0.851
 Samoa 0.702 0.694
 Saudi Arabia 0.782 0.836
 Singapore 0.895 0.901
 Solomon Islands 0.530 0.491
 South Korea 0.909 0.891
 Sri Lanka 0.715 0.750
 Syria 0.648 0.658
 Tajikistan 0.622 0.607
 Thailand 0.690 0.722
 Timor-Leste 0.576 0.620
 Tonga 0.710 0.705
 Turkmenistan 0.698 0.698
 United Arab Emirates 0.818 0.827
 Uzbekistan 0.654 0.661
 Vanuatu 0.626 0.616
 Vietnam 0.617 0.638
 Yemen 0.458 0.500
Asia 0.656
Oceania 0.857

References[edit]

  1. ^ The UN had 192 members in 2010: South Sudan (193rd UN member) was not yet independent from Sudan.