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Human Development Index (HDI)


Human Development Index is a tool developed by UNDP to illustrate the total life quality in a country. Factors like GDP per capita, life expectancy, enrollment rate and adult literacy rate are used to create a value where 1.0 is the highest possible score. With the calculation methods used, a country cannot score 0.0. LookLex also include the Education index.
Factors like safety, climate and culture are not included, although they can have decisive impact on the quality of life felt by the inhabitants of a country.
This list was published October 5, 2009, ranking 182 countries. Among the 10 top countries, 7 were European. The other countries were Australia, Canada and Japan. Among the 10 bottom countries, all but Afghanistan were in Africa.
The quality of this ranking is questionable, since Iceland comes in as no. 3 in the report published October 5, 2009, several months after the country went bankrupt.
Countries with an index above 0.8 are called "High human development", countries below and down to 0.500 are called "Medium human development", while countries below 0.500 are called "Low human development".
The top 10 countries here are High human development, none are Low human development. Click here for the previous HDI ranking (2007/2008).

2009
MENA rank World rank Score (1.000 max)
1. Israel 27. ↓3 0.935 +.005
2. Kuwait 31. ↓2 0.916 +.004
3. ↑2 Qatar 33. +1 0.910 +.011
4. ↓1 United Arab Emirates 35. ↓4 0.903 ±0
5. ↓1 Bahrain 39. ↓7 0.895 +.007
6. Libya 55. ↓3 0.847 +.007
7. Oman 56. ↓3 0.846 +.007
8. Saudi Arabia 59. ↓4 0.843 +.008
9. Turkey 79. ↓3 0.806 +.008
10. Lebanon 83. ↓5 0.803 +.029
11. Iran 88. ↓4 0.782 +.005
12. Jordan 96. ↓6 0.770 +.001
13. Tunisia 98. ↓3 0.769 +.007
14. Algeria 104. ↓4 0.754 +.006
15. Syria 107. ↓2 0.742 +.006
16. Palestine 110. ↓4 0.737 +.006
17. Egypt 123. ↓7 0.703 -.013
18. Morocco 130. ↓3 0.654 +.008
19. ↑1 Yemen 140. ↓2 0.575 +.008
(20.) ↑1 *) Iraq (130.) 0.567
21. ↑1 Sudan 150. ↓4 0.531 +.005
22. ↓1 Mauritania 154. ↓14 0.520 -.037
*) Iraq was not included on the list, its listing here is the last ranking early 2000's.




By Tore Kjeilen