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 2015). 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 HDI Report, its HDI figures appear lower than the HDI figures in previous reports.

Asia and Oceania[edit]

State (58) HDI
2013[3] 2014[4] 2016[5]
 Afghanistan 0.468 0.465 0.479
 Australia 0.954 0.935 0.939
 Bahrain 0.815 0.822 0.824
 Bangladesh 0.558 0.570 0.579
 Bhutan 0.584 0.605 0.607
 Brunei 0.852 0.856 0.865
 Cambodia 0.584 0.555 0.563
 China 0.719 0.727 0.738
 Cyprus 0.845 0.850 0.856
 Fiji 0.724 0.727 0.736
 Hong Kong 0.891 0.910 0.917
 India 0.586 0.602 0.624
 Indonesia 0.684 0.687 0.689
 Iran 0.749 0.772 0.774
 Iraq 0.642 0.649 0.654
 Israel 0.890 0.894 0.899
 Japan 0.888 0.891 0.903
 Jordan 0.745 0.748 0.741
 Kazakhstan 0.757 0.788 0.794
 Kiribati 0.607 0.590 0.588
 Kuwait 0.814 0.816 0.800
 Kyrgyzstan 0.628 0.655 0.646
 Laos 0.569 0.575 0.586
 Lebanon 0.765 0.769 0.763
 Malaysia 0.773 0.779 0.789
 Maldives 0.698 0.706 0.701
 Marshall Islands
 Micronesia 0.630 0.640 0.638
 Mongolia 0.698 0.727 0.735
 Myanmar 0.524 0.536 0.556
 Nauru
   Nepal 0.540 0.548 0.558
 New Zealand 0.910 0.913 0.919
 Oman 0.783 0.793 0.796
 Pakistan 0.537 0.538 0.550
 Palau 0.775 0.780 0.788
 Papua New Guinea 0.491 0.505 0.516
 Philippines 0.66 0 0.668 0.682
 Qatar 0.851 0.850 0.856
 Samoa 0.694 0.702 0.704
 Saudi Arabia 0.836 0.837 0.847
 Singapore 0.901 0.912 0.925
 Solomon Islands 0.491 0.506 0.515
 South Korea 0.891 0.898 0.901
 Sri Lanka 0.750 0.757 0.766
 Syria 0.658 0.594 0.536
 Taiwan 0.880 0.884 0.886
 Tajikistan 0.607 0.624 0.627
 Thailand 0.722 0.726 0.740
 Timor-Leste 0.620 0.595 0.602
 Tonga 0.705 0.717 0.721
 Turkmenistan 0.698 0.698 0.688
 Tuvalu
 United Arab Emirates 0.818 0.827 0.835
 Uzbekistan 0.661 0.675 0.691
 Vanuatu 0.616 0.594 0.597
 Vietnam 0.638 0.666 0.683
 Yemen 0.500 0.598 0.482
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.