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Israel in Asia?[edit]

Israel was in the Middle East last time checked. I don't think an entire country can just jump up and leave to another continent! — Preceding unsigned comment added by 94.195.118.128 (talk) 22:32, 5 September 2013 (UTC)

The Middle East is a geographic region, not a continent. Israel is both in the geographic region of the middle east and on the continent of Asia. Mediatech492 (talk) 13:29, 6 September 2013 (UTC)

Cyprus, Czech Republic, Malta, Slovakia are developed country?[edit]

These countries are advanced economy. But not developed. They are advanced developing country. --211.179.112.45 (talk) 11:02, 9 August 2011 (UTC)

  • They are in the very high category. yes they are developed. 178.59.154.78 (talk) 20:50, 2 November 2011 (UTC)


And the Czech Republic now in the DAC (Development Assistance Committee) group in OECD, along with other 24 states. Good to see how the post-communist trauma slowly but gradually disappears and vanishes... I hope the politically incorrect view of CZ as the developing country is gone. We are not in 90-ies, guys!

Quartiles or Top 30 (Newsweek and Economist lists)[edit]

I believe we should follow the Human Development Report model and list only the countries in the top quartile for both Newsweek and Economist rankings.

If anybody has a good reason to show the Top 30 countries of each list instead of the top quartile, please reply here. Cheers. Pristino (talk) 07:02, 7 November 2011 (UTC)

Here is what you claimed, just one year ago, on November 11, on Talk:List of countries by Human Development Index:
So, according to the UNDP, 3/4ths of the world's countries are destined to be "developing" forever. The earlier method was much better. The UNDP should have used 0.8 as a new cut-off for developed countries. The big problem with that is that a developed country like Portugal would have been left out of the group and then everybody would have said the new HDI was flawed. My 2 cents.
My only peso. HOOTmag (talk) 18:23, 7 November 2011 (UTC)
What I find interesting is that the rankings for the Newsweek survey that are shown in the article are for the overall ranking in that survey, not the quality of life. Yet the title of the section is "Newsweek Quality of Life survey". The quality-of-life rankings in that survey are different from the overall rankings. Athenean (talk) 18:27, 7 November 2011 (UTC)
I agree with Athenian. This list is misleading. It should be altered to reflect only the "quality of life" component of the Newsweek or removed altogether. Regarding the "Quartiles", I really dont understand why we need to include this here!Nochoje (talk) 19:21, 8 November 2011 (UTC)
Note that Newsweek explains how its total index is calculated, as well as how Quality of Life is calculated:
  • Their total index - comprises 5 elements: Education, Health, Economic Dynamism, Political Environment, Quality of Life.
  • Whearas their "Quality of Life" - comprises 7 elememnts: income inequality (GINI), gender gap, percent living on less than 2 Dollars per day, consumption per capita, homicide rate, environmental health, unemployment rate.
HOOTmag (talk) 23:03, 8 November 2011 (UTC)
I stand by what I said. What was flawed in the 2010 HDR was that they labelled countries in the top quartile as "developed". They dropped that misleading qualifier in the 2011 report. Showing the top quartile is less arbitrary than, say, the top 30 countries. Pristino (talk) 02:59, 9 November 2011 (UTC)
Since the UN dropped the quartile approach, I don't see why we should adopt it. That just makes no sense. Both quartile or the top 30 are equally arbitrary in my opinion, but using the quartile leaves out some countries that are generally considered developed. Athenean (talk) 04:10, 9 November 2011 (UTC) ado
The UN has not "dropped the quartile approach". They still use it in the 2011 HDR released a week ago. What they dropped was the label of "developed" given to countries in the top quartile. A quartile is less arbitrary (for Wikipedia to use) than a "top 30" type of selection, due to their widespread use in statistics. Pristino (talk) 07:19, 9 November 2011 (UTC)
So they have stopped calling countries in the top quartile "developed", yet you are arguing we do the exact opposite, i.e. cut off the countries below the top quartile? I'm sorry, but that just makes no sense to me. Another problem with using the top quartile would be that that would remove the UK an South Korea from the Economist survey (both developing countries, I'm sure you would agree), and countries such as Israel, Portugal, and Slovenia from the Newsweek study (again, all of the above are developed countries by any stretch). Athenean (talk) 07:43, 9 November 2011 (UTC)

Newsweek relevant index[edit]

Newsweek explains how its total index is calculated, as well as how Quality of Life is calculated:

  • Their total index - comprises 5 elements: Education, Health, Economic Dynamism, Political Environment, Quality of Life.
  • Whearas their "Quality of Life" - comprises 7 elememnts: income inequality (GINI), gender gap, percent living on less than 2 Dollars per day, consumption per capita, homicide rate, environmental health, unemployment rate.

HOOTmag (talk) 00:25, 11 November 2011 (UTC)

Political Environment has nothing to do with how developed a country is. The title of the section is "Newsweek Quality of Life Survey", so the rankings should be by Quality of Life, not the total index. Whatever the case, could you at least not mess up the columns? There should be 10 countries in each column, not 9 and 9 and 12. Athenean (talk) 01:18, 11 November 2011 (UTC)
  • This article is about "developed country", rather than about countries having a high Quality of life.
  • The only index that formally measures "development" - is the Human "Development" Index, that measures: Education Health and Economy.
  • Newsweek's "Quality of life" index - does not measure education, nor health nor economy, so this index has nothing to do with our article about "developed" countries.
  • Among Newsweek's indices, the index which is "closest" to our article, is Newsweek's total index, called "Newsweek's best country index", which measures: Education, Health, and Economic Dynamism (along with Political Environment, and Quality of Life), because it measures what is measured by Human "Development" Index (along with two other components).
  • The stable version included: Newsweek's total ranking, under the wrong title: "Newsweek's Quality of Life index" - instead of the correct title: "Newsweek's Best Country Index". Undoubtedly, the stable version sould be changed, but what should be changed - is the wrong title, rather than the very total ranking, because Newsweek's total ranking - which measures Education, Health and Economic Dynamism (along with political environment and qulaity of life) is closest to our article about "Developed countries", as it is closest to what is measured by: Human "Development" Index.
  • If anybody wishes to change my new version, please revert to the stable version (i.e. the version which included Newsweek's Best Country Index - under the wrong title "Newsweek's Quality of Life Index"), from which we will get to the future new version - after a full discussion.
HOOTmag (talk) 22:22, 12 November 2011 (UTC)
I agree with Athenian. Political environment or Economic Dynamism has nothing to do with how developed a country is. A highly developed country might not have the economic dynamism a developing country might have, yet having a much higher quality of life. A developing country HAS NEVER a higher quality of life than a developed country. Quality of life is the prime factor.Nochoje (talk) 21:31, 11 November 2011 (UTC)
Newsweek's Quality of life, does not measure what is measured by the indices measuring development, so Newsweek's Quality of Life index has nothing to do with our article about developed countries. For more detailes, see my full response to Athenian. HOOTmag (talk) 22:22, 12 November 2011 (UTC)
The total index includes Political Environment and Economic Dynamism (most developing countries are more economically dynamic that most developed countries), which have nothing to do with how developed a country is. So 2 out of the 5 components of Newsweek's total index have nothing to do with how developed a country is. In fact, the economic dynamism index goes in the opposite direction. Athenean (talk) 22:26, 12 November 2011 (UTC)
Anyways, Newsweek's Quality of Life index - has 0 relevant components out of its 7 irrelevant components, while Newsweek's total index - as indicated in the stable version - includes most of the 3 relevant components measured by the Human Development Index, whereas the third component in Newsweek's total index - measures an economic factor, just as Human Development Index does. HOOTmag (talk) 22:38, 12 November 2011 (UTC)
Income inequality (GINI), gender gap, percent living on less than 2 Dollars per day, and consumption per capita have everything to do with how developed a country is. Athenean (talk) 23:42, 12 November 2011 (UTC)
None of these components is measured in the only index which measures "development", i.e. the Human "development" index. Anyways, if you wish to revert, please revert to the stable version, until we reach an agreement. HOOTmag (talk) 00:06, 13 November 2011 (UTC)
What Athenean and I try to say is that Newsweek total index, incorporates indexes that are totally irrelevant to how much "developed" e country is. While I will agree that health and education are things that shape the development of country, economic dynamism and political environment dont. For instance Belgium has been without a government for a year and a half so one would say that its political environment is crap. Does this mean its not developed, or it needs to "loose points" because of that? My example might be a little bit over the edge, but you get the point. Anyway,in my opinion, bottom line is that Newsweek total index shouldnt be here at all. But if you want to keep it, at least we keep the Quality of life index of it.Nochoje (talk) 01:48, 13 November 2011 (UTC)
  • Newsweek's Quality of life index comprises 7 components, none of which is measured by the only index which measures "development", i.e. the Human Development Index.
  • The stable version shows Newsweek's total index that measures most of the components measured by the Human development Index.
  • Newsweek's total index is much more relevant to the article "Developed country" than Newsweek's Quality of Life index is.
  • The way Newsweek defines "Quality of Life" - is irrelevant to the way the term "Developed country" is defined.
Anyway, in any case of dispute, the stable version should be preserved - untill an agreement is reached.
HOOTmag (talk) 23:35, 13 November 2011 (UTC)
What "stable" version? The "quartile" stuff was never accepted, or "stable". Newsweek's quality of life index has everything to do with how developed a country is. It's been used in this article for ages. It's definitely more "stable" than your version. Seems more like you are looking for allies in your revert-war. By the way, I would really stop reverting if I were you. Athenean (talk) 00:07, 14 November 2011 (UTC)
I, too, would stop reverting if I were you, because you revert to an unstable version, whereas I revert to this Athenian's stable version of Newsweek's chapter.
I recommend to change the title into: "Newsweek's Best Country Index", because this is the formal name given by Newsweek itself to its total index, however, as long as you reject this title, we will have to adhere to Athenian's stable version of Newsweek's chapter, untill an agreement is reached.
HOOTmag (talk) 18:50, 14 November 2011 (UTC)
I strongly advise you, to stop reverting. You will get reported by two people at the same time. That can't be good....Nochoje (talk) 18:58, 14 November 2011 (UTC)
You too will be reported because you revert to an unstable version without getting to an agreement. HOOTmag (talk) 19:11, 14 November 2011 (UTC)
There is an agreement between 2 people so far and you are all alone. And you keep reverting to push your own views. Stop it.Nochoje (talk) 19:13, 14 November 2011 (UTC)


────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────You can all stop it. Nobody is in the right in an edit war, the mere act of participating is wrong. If you can't resolve this dispute here, look into dispute resolution. Further edit warring after protection expires can and will lead to all edit warriors being blocked. Beeblebrox (talk) 19:34, 14 November 2011 (UTC)

Nochoje has essentially created a self-made index/ranking, which indicates original research, an act that is prohibited at Wikipedia. Here are the reasons why I have reverted his/her edit, in light of reading the discussion above and the edit history:
1. There is no source for the ranking of Newsweek's ranking that he/she has edited.
2. It's a creation of his/her own imagination to pick certain criteria and make up his/her own rankings.
3. The index itself was never a "quality of life" index as stated in the source. Those words are never found anywhere in the source. Hence claiming it is a "quality of life" index is original research.
4. Even if he/she did make up his own rankings, there is no source for the data he/she used.
Therefore, Nochoje's edits are invalid and I have reverted his/her edits to the version that complies with Wikipedia's regulations.Purpleflights (talk) 22:11, 23 December 2011 (UTC)
When socking, you could at least try to make your talkpage posts not look identical to those of your previous account. I mean, really. Athenean (talk) 02:27, 24 December 2011 (UTC)
It is clear that Nochoje and Athenean (both suspected sock accounts) are using "socking" as a way of blocking anyone who are against their views, which is abusing Wikipedia's policy of neutral point of view. Purpleflights (talk) 15:32, 24 December 2011 (UTC)

I'm sorry if I'm doing this wrong, I was just wondering if anyone realized that the rank order is incorrect, as in, the countries are not even close to being in the order Newsweek put them in. I don't know how to fix that sort of thing, but it kind of seems like someone should. Thanks, Dreamer222105 (talk) 00:54, 3 March 2012 (UTC)

The rank order is indeed out of order when compared to Newsweek's rankings. Somebody made up their own criteria for the rankings from the discussion above. Seventeenideas (talk) 08:22, 13 March 2012 (UTC)
The rank order is NOT incorrect. If you were a little bit more careful you would see that the rank is based on Newsweeks QUALITY OF LIFE data instead of the "worlds best countries" index which is what you have posted. In this article we focus on "developed country" which has to do with quality of life, instead of "worlds best countries" index of Newsweek, which includes irrelevant data such as political environment...Please read carefully the Talk page and you will understand.Nochoje (talk) 15:59, 13 March 2012 (UTC)
That's right but why exclude the education and health criteria that is part of the Newsweek index? You based the rankings on just the "quality of life" criteria, whereas the Newsweek's ranking takes into account education and health, which are two major components of the Human Development Index of the UN. Political environment is very important to being a developed country too. For example, China's dictatorship makes it rank far behind others because the people don't have any freedom (i.e. low ranking on Freedom House rating, which is included in their methodology). This results in low quality of life. While it is true that there are components that do not directly contribute to quality of life, I think a substantial majority are highly relevant, so we should use the overall index, not just the "quality of life" criteria. I'm not saying that it is a bad idea, it's just that by including just the "quality of life" criteria, you're excluding too many important components that are highly essential to quality of life - education and health. Seventeenideas (talk) 06:15, 14 March 2012 (UTC)
I agree with HOOTmag&Seventeenideas's opinion. Overall score is better than Qol. Kaiserble (talk) 08:43, 13 July 2012 (UTC)
Newsweeks "world best country"'s Education, Health, Economic, Political, Qol 5 elements can measure developed or not. like HDI.
Nochoje's opinion is "they can't measure developed or not and Qol only can measure developed or not" but it was only your POV.
political environment not irrelvant data. political environment can influence on people's Qol and right.
and education, health, economic elements are important element that can measure developed or not.
I don't agree that ignore "education, health, economic" elements. it is as important as Qol element. Kaiserble (talk) 12:24, 14 July 2012 (UTC)
I will just chime in and say that I agree with the above user because quality of life and developed countries are a different matter. Nochoje is an indefinitely blocked sockpuppet and appears to be introducing significant original research and personal bias by choosing the criteria he wants, in this case, quality of life. Which is forbidden at Wikipedia via WP:OR. As the above user says, you need to look at the overall picture, not just quality of life - People really need to stop cherrypicking. Massyparcer (talk) 15:41, 12 May 2014 (UTC)

Duplicate data[edit]

The tabular data in this article looks like it duplicates that in Human Development Index, and would probably be best removed from this article. Bazza (talk) 15:43, 1 December 2011 (UTC)

The rankings only show those of the "very high development" category, hence, it only shows the rankings relevant to this article and is not a duplicate of the original HDI article. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Purpleflights (talkcontribs) 22:16, 23 December 2011 (UTC)

Economist's index is misleading and irrelevant to this article[edit]

I have noticed that the Economist's index contains components that do not define the quality of life of a developed country. Here are the components I found irrelevant:

1. Weather. Their "climate and geography" category measures weather as part of the index. This suggests that countries which are warmer or colder are more developed, which is misleading.
2. Church attendance. Their "community life" category gives a plus to a country with high church attendance, which is Christian-centric, highly discriminating and not taking into account the diverse religions and cultures around the world.
3. Political part. Their "political freedom" category measures civil liberty, which while can be an indicator, is not included in this article. We should be including the Democracy Index and other freedom indexes if this was the case.

In addition, this index has never been updated since 2005, over 6 years old as we are moving onto 2012 in a few days. The world has changed a lot since then and many countries have made rapid progresses in development, hence this index is now inaccurate. For these reasons I have removed this outdated and misleading index. Purpleflights (talk) 22:28, 23 December 2011 (UTC)

Regardless of what you have noticed, the economist quality of life index is a well respected index as far as quality of life is concerned. Since 2005 is the latest "version" of this index we don't really have to care about this. On the other hand I have noticed that you continuously do changes in newsweeks index contrary to concensous as per discussion. I advise you to stop doing this. Thanks. Nochoje (talk) 21:34, 24 December 2011 (UTC)

I don't think we should ignore what Purpleflights has mentioned. Even if the economist index is "well-respected" (could you give me a source on that please?) and it is the "latest" version (when it's indeed over 6 years old and they don't seem bothered to ever update it), it seems silly to put up an index that measures totally irrelevant stuff like weather and church attendance. How weird. The argument here seems to have no consensus aside from two people, so there's no point in putting up this ridiculous index. McBees (talk) 19:10, 27 December 2011 (UTC)
Agreed. The consensus seems clear to remove the Economist's index. Measuring quality of life using weather and religion is absurd by anyone's view. Pilotwagers (talk) 12:32, 13 January 2012 (UTC)
Actually quite the opposite. And actually there is a strong possibility that YOU are a sockpuppet of the banned Purpleflights and McBees.Nochoje (talk) 17:09, 13 January 2012 (UTC)

────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────Nochoje is an indefinitely blocked sockpuppet. Other than that though, the Economist's 2005 index is superseded by a much more recent Where-to-be-born Index published for 2013. The original 2005 index is gone at Wikipedia because obviously, you can't be using a decade old index, which would be highly misleading. And the folks at the Economist clearly agreed with that and published an updated one indeed. I'm putting my comments here because there are some IPs coming out of nowhere that are trying to put back this defunct list - Two completely different IPs that have no edit histories doing nothing but immediately emulating the indefinitely blocked Nochoje? It sounds like we are having sockpuppets again.. Massyparcer (talk) 15:48, 12 May 2014 (UTC)

Turkey[edit]

today it's 2012. so dont come with sources by 2004 or something. Turkeys market are developed and it's a developed country. source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CIA_developed_country_list and the second thing is that greece and portugal are often claimed in the european news as developing countries. source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_sovereign-debt_crisis 88.64.182.125 (talk) 11:48, 30 March 2012 (UTC)

Regarding your comments: Even in 2012, Turkey is still considered a Developing Country, or even more formally a Newly industrialized country. This means that it has not yet achieved full status of a developed country. Only CIA claims Turkey to be "developed" and not any other international organization. Turkey has a medium GDP per capita and quite low HDI ranking 92, behind countries like Albania. On the other hand, both Portugal and Greece are considered (for quite some years now) as developed countries, regardless of any sovereign issues they currently face. Both of them (and especially Greece) have high GDP per capita and also rank among the top 30 in HDI. Hope this helps. Nochoje (talk) 19:34, 25 April 2012 (UTC)

"Average disposable wage of OECD members" - missing Estonia[edit]

Can someone figure out the Estonian data for that list? Estonia is an OECD member, but the disposable wage list doesnt display the country. Thanks. — Preceding unsigned comment added by JaanMatti (talkcontribs) 20:39, 2 May 2012 (UTC)

CIA List of Developed Countries and Less Developed Countries[edit]

Hi,

I found really authentic links of CIA List of Developed Countries as well as List of Less Developed Countries here:

1. List of Developed Countries (https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/appendix/appendix-b.html#D).

2. List of Less Developed Countries (https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/appendix/appendix-b.html#L).

Hope you all find these links useful and you all will clarify with some of your misunderstandings about some of the countries that are listed here as developed countries.

Good luck, and please don't fight. Thank you! — Preceding unsigned comment added by 99.34.193.170 (talk) 22:26, 12 October 2012 (UTC)

Canada[edit]

I tried to confirm Canada's supposed "648" plunge in average wages, but could not. Could somebody please direct me to this data? I find the current Canadian data hard to believe as Canada's average wages are slightly higher than the US average and Canadian wage growth (due to Canada's stronger resource based economy) has been higher than US wage growth in recent years. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Factcolony (talkcontribs) 08:00, 4 November 2012 (UTC)

Hong Kong[edit]

Hi, even though Hong Kong scientifically is part of China, it has a very different economy, education system, health system and so on. But it seems that on these Wikipedia pages, some do not include Hong Kong in it. Also, the most maps about the surveys (sources) that have Hong Kong in it do not show Hong Kong as being different from the Mainland. Please get this issue fixed. Thank You, David. S 07:35, 19 March 2013 (UTC)

Powerful?![edit]

January 3 added: powerful (should read: less powerful) at the beginning. I have a feeling that this is unnecessary at this point, since the whole text is about industrialization (not about power). So proposal: delete. Can anyone agree (and perform the edit)?Super48paul (talk) 11:09, 3 January 2014 (UTC)