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Human Development Index Trends: 1980-2011

By Alex Tanzi
November 02, 2011 7:00 AM EDT

The following table ranks countries based on human development in 2011, according to the United Nations.

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                           2011/
RankCountry          2011  2000%   2010   2009   2005   2000   1990   1980
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    World           0.682  0.66%  0.679  0.676  0.660  0.634  0.594  0.558
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1   Norway          0.943  0.29%  0.941  0.941  0.938  0.913  0.844  0.796
2   Australia       0.929  0.23%  0.927  0.926  0.918  0.906  0.873  0.850
3   Netherlands     0.910  0.29%  0.909  0.905  0.890  0.882  0.835  0.792
4   United States   0.910  0.13%  0.908  0.906  0.902  0.897  0.870  0.837
5   New Zealand     0.908  0.31%  0.908  0.906  0.899  0.878  0.828  0.800
6   Canada          0.908  0.30%  0.907  0.903  0.892  0.879  0.857  0.817
7   Ireland         0.908  0.40%  0.907  0.905  0.898  0.869  0.782  0.735
8   Liechtenstein   0.905   n/a   0.904   n/a    n/a    n/a    n/a    n/a 
9   Germany         0.905  0.43%  0.903  0.900  0.895  0.864  0.795  0.730
10  Sweden          0.904  0.09%  0.901  0.898  0.896  0.894  0.816  0.785
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                           2011/
RankCountry          2011  2000%   2010   2009   2005   2000   1990   1980
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11  Switzerland     0.903  0.30%  0.901  0.899  0.890  0.873  0.833  0.810
12  Japan           0.901  0.33%  0.899  0.895  0.886  0.868  0.827  0.778
13  Hong Kong       0.898  0.78%  0.894  0.888  0.850  0.824  0.786  0.708
14  Iceland         0.898  0.36%  0.896  0.897  0.893  0.863  0.807  0.762
15  Korea           0.897  0.72%  0.894  0.889  0.866  0.830  0.742  0.634
16  Denmark         0.895  0.35%  0.893  0.891  0.885  0.861  0.809  0.783
17  Israel          0.888  0.34%  0.886  0.884  0.874  0.856  0.802  0.763
18  Belgium         0.886  0.10%  0.885  0.883  0.873  0.876  0.811  0.757
19  Austria         0.885  0.48%  0.883  0.879  0.860  0.839  0.790  0.740
20  France          0.884  0.40%  0.883  0.880  0.869  0.846  0.777  0.722
21  Slovenia        0.884  0.85%  0.882  0.876  0.848  0.805   n/a    n/a 
22  Finland         0.882  0.48%  0.880  0.877  0.875  0.837  0.794  0.759
23  Spain           0.878  0.42%  0.876  0.874  0.857  0.839  0.749  0.691
24  Italy           0.874  0.52%  0.873  0.870  0.861  0.825  0.764  0.717
25  Luxembourg      0.867  0.13%  0.865  0.863  0.865  0.854  0.788  0.728
26  Singapore       0.866  0.71%  0.864  0.856  0.835  0.801   n/a    n/a 
27  Czech Rep.      0.865  0.53%  0.863  0.863  0.854  0.816   n/a    n/a 
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                           2011/
RankCountry          2011  2000%   2010   2009   2005   2000   1990   1980
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28  UK              0.863  0.33%  0.862  0.860  0.855  0.833  0.778  0.744
29  Greece          0.861  0.64%  0.862  0.863  0.856  0.802  0.766  0.720
30  UAE             0.846  1.06%  0.845  0.841  0.807  0.753  0.690  0.629
31  Cyprus          0.840  0.44%  0.839  0.837  0.809  0.800  0.747   n/a 
32  Andorra         0.838   n/a   0.838   n/a    n/a    n/a    n/a    n/a 
33  Brunei          0.838  0.22%  0.837  0.835  0.830  0.818  0.784  0.750
34  Estonia         0.835  0.66%  0.832  0.828  0.821  0.776  0.717   n/a 
35  Slovakia        0.834  0.62%  0.832  0.829  0.810  0.779  0.747   n/a 
36  Malta           0.832  0.37%  0.830  0.827  0.825  0.799  0.753  0.703
37  Qatar           0.831  0.53%  0.825  0.818  0.818  0.784  0.743  0.703
38  Hungary         0.816  0.48%  0.814  0.811  0.803  0.775  0.706  0.700
39  Poland          0.813  0.50%  0.811  0.807  0.791  0.770   n/a    n/a 
40  Lithuania       0.810  0.70%  0.805  0.802  0.793  0.749   n/a    n/a 
41  Portugal        0.809  0.35%  0.808  0.805  0.789  0.778  0.708  0.639
42  Bahrain         0.806  0.38%  0.805  0.805  0.795  0.773  0.721  0.651
43  Latvia          0.805  0.87%  0.802  0.798  0.784  0.732  0.693   n/a 
44  Chile           0.805  0.65%  0.802  0.798  0.779  0.749  0.698  0.630
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                           2011/
RankCountry          2011  2000%   2010   2009   2005   2000   1990   1980
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45  Argentina       0.797  0.57%  0.794  0.788  0.765  0.749  0.697  0.669
46  Croatia         0.796  0.57%  0.794  0.793  0.780  0.748   n/a    n/a 
47  Barbados        0.793   n/a   0.791  0.790  0.787   n/a    n/a    n/a 
48  Uruguay         0.783  0.56%  0.780  0.773  0.748  0.736  0.686  0.658
49  Palau           0.782  0.09%  0.779  0.777  0.788  0.774   n/a    n/a 
50  Romania         0.781  0.95%  0.779  0.778  0.748  0.704  0.700   n/a 
51  Cuba            0.776  1.19%  0.773  0.770  0.725  0.681  0.677   n/a 
52  Seychelles      0.773  0.11%  0.771  0.767  0.766  0.764   n/a    n/a 
53  Bahamas         0.771  0.23%  0.770  0.769  0.766  0.752   n/a    n/a 
54  Montenegro      0.771   n/a   0.769  0.768  0.757   n/a    n/a    n/a 
55  Bulgaria        0.771  0.68%  0.768  0.766  0.749  0.715  0.698   n/a 
56  Saudi Arabia    0.770  0.55%  0.767  0.763  0.746  0.726  0.693  0.651
57  Mexico          0.770  0.64%  0.767  0.762  0.741  0.718  0.649  0.593
58  Panama          0.768  0.62%  0.765  0.760  0.740  0.718  0.660  0.628
59  Serbia          0.766  0.58%  0.764  0.761  0.744  0.719   n/a    n/a 
60  Antigua         0.764   n/a   0.763   n/a    n/a    n/a    n/a    n/a 
61  Malaysia        0.761  0.69%  0.758  0.752  0.738  0.705  0.631  0.559
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                           2011/
RankCountry          2011  2000%   2010   2009   2005   2000   1990   1980
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62  Trinidad        0.760  0.74%  0.758  0.755  0.728  0.701  0.676  0.673
63  Kuwait          0.760  0.07%  0.758  0.757  0.752  0.754  0.712  0.688
64  Libya           0.760   n/a   0.770  0.763  0.741   n/a    n/a    n/a 
65  Belarus         0.756   n/a   0.751  0.746  0.723   n/a    n/a    n/a 
66  Russia          0.755  0.81%  0.751  0.747  0.725  0.691   n/a    n/a 
67  Grenada         0.748   n/a   0.746   n/a    n/a    n/a    n/a    n/a 
68  Kazakhstan      0.745  1.15%  0.740  0.733  0.714  0.657   n/a    n/a 
69  Costa Rica      0.744  0.51%  0.742  0.738  0.723  0.703  0.656  0.614
70  Albania         0.739  0.61%  0.737  0.734  0.721  0.691  0.656   n/a 
71  Lebanon         0.739   n/a   0.737  0.733  0.711   n/a    n/a    n/a 
72  Saint Kitts     0.735   n/a   0.735   n/a    n/a    n/a    n/a    n/a 
73  Venezuela       0.735  1.04%  0.734  0.732  0.692  0.656  0.629  0.623
74  Bosnia          0.733   n/a   0.731  0.730  0.717   n/a    n/a    n/a 
75  Georgia         0.733   n/a   0.729  0.724  0.707   n/a    n/a    n/a 
76  Ukraine         0.729  0.78%  0.725  0.720  0.712  0.669  0.707   n/a 
77  Mauritius       0.728  0.73%  0.726  0.722  0.703  0.672  0.618  0.546
78  FYR Macedonia   0.728   n/a   0.726  0.725  0.704   n/a    n/a    n/a 
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                           2011/
RankCountry          2011  2000%   2010   2009   2005   2000   1990   1980
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79  Jamaica         0.727  0.62%  0.726  0.724  0.702  0.680  0.637  0.607
80  Peru            0.725  0.67%  0.721  0.714  0.691  0.674  0.612  0.574
81  Dominica        0.724  0.33%  0.723  0.722  0.709  0.699   n/a    n/a 
82  Saint Lucia     0.723   n/a   0.720   n/a    n/a    n/a    n/a    n/a 
83  Ecuador         0.720  0.69%  0.718  0.716  0.695  0.668  0.636  0.591
84  Brazil          0.718  0.69%  0.715  0.708  0.692  0.665  0.600  0.549
85  Saint Vincent   0.717   n/a   0.715   n/a    n/a    n/a    n/a    n/a 
86  Armenia         0.716  0.99%  0.714  0.712  0.689  0.643   n/a    n/a 
87  Colombia        0.710  0.77%  0.707  0.702  0.675  0.652  0.594  0.550
88  Iran            0.707  0.97%  0.707  0.703  0.671  0.636  0.534  0.437
89  Oman            0.705   n/a   0.704  0.703  0.694   n/a    n/a    n/a 
90  Tonga           0.704  0.30%  0.703  0.701  0.696  0.681  0.649   n/a 
91  Azerbaijan      0.700   n/a   0.699   n/a    n/a    n/a    n/a    n/a 
92  Turkey          0.699  0.90%  0.696  0.690  0.671  0.634  0.558  0.463
93  Belize          0.699  0.42%  0.698  0.696  0.689  0.668  0.651  0.619
94  Tunisia         0.698  0.94%  0.698  0.692  0.667  0.630  0.542  0.450
95  Jordan          0.698  0.70%  0.697  0.694  0.673  0.646  0.591  0.541
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                           2011/
RankCountry          2011  2000%   2010   2009   2005   2000   1990   1980
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96  Algeria         0.698  1.03%  0.696  0.691  0.667  0.624  0.551  0.454
97  Sri Lanka       0.691  0.80%  0.686  0.680  0.662  0.633  0.583  0.539
98  Dominican Rep.  0.689  0.67%  0.686  0.680  0.658  0.640  0.577  0.532
99  Samoa           0.688  0.43%  0.686  0.685  0.676  0.657   n/a    n/a 
100 Fiji            0.688  0.27%  0.687  0.685  0.678  0.668  0.624  0.566
101 China           0.687  1.43%  0.682  0.674  0.633  0.588  0.490  0.404
102 Turkmenistan    0.686    n/a  0.681  0.677  0.654    n/a    n/a    n/a
103 Thailand        0.682  0.78%  0.680  0.673  0.656  0.626  0.566  0.486
104 Suriname        0.680    n/a  0.677  0.674  0.659    n/a    n/a    n/a
105 El Salvador     0.674  0.79%  0.672  0.669  0.652  0.619  0.524  0.466
106 Gabon           0.674  0.75%  0.670  0.664  0.648  0.621  0.605  0.522
107 Paraguay        0.665  0.76%  0.662  0.651  0.635  0.612  0.572  0.544
108 Bolivia         0.663  0.73%  0.660  0.656  0.649  0.612  0.560  0.507
109 Maldives        0.661  1.27%  0.658  0.650  0.619  0.576    n/a    n/a
110 Mongolia        0.653  1.49%  0.647  0.642  0.611  0.555  0.540    n/a
111 Moldova         0.649  0.92%  0.644  0.638  0.631  0.586    n/a    n/a
112 Philippines     0.644  0.62%  0.641  0.636  0.622  0.602  0.571  0.550
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                           2011/
RankCountry          2011  2000%   2010   2009   2005   2000   1990   1980
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113 Egypt           0.644  0.88%  0.644  0.638  0.611  0.585  0.497  0.406
114 Palestinian     0.641    n/a  0.640    n/a    n/a    n/a    n/a    n/a
115 Uzbekistan      0.641    n/a  0.636  0.631  0.611    n/a    n/a    n/a
116 Micronesia      0.636    n/a  0.635  0.635  0.633    n/a    n/a    n/a
117 Guyana          0.633  0.81%  0.629  0.624  0.606  0.579  0.489  0.501
118 Botswana        0.633  0.71%  0.631  0.626  0.601  0.585  0.594  0.446
119 Syria           0.632  0.73%  0.631  0.630  0.621  0.583  0.548  0.497
120 Namibia         0.625  0.72%  0.622  0.617  0.593  0.577  0.564    n/a
121 Honduras        0.625  0.86%  0.623  0.619  0.597  0.569  0.513  0.451
122 Kiribati        0.624    n/a  0.621    n/a    n/a    n/a    n/a    n/a
123 South Africa    0.619  0.05%  0.615  0.610  0.599  0.616  0.615  0.564
124 Indonesia       0.617  1.17%  0.613  0.607  0.572  0.543  0.481  0.423
125 Vanuatu         0.617    n/a  0.615    n/a    n/a    n/a    n/a    n/a
126 Kyrgyzstan      0.615  0.59%  0.611  0.611  0.595  0.577    n/a    n/a
127 Tajikistan      0.607  1.30%  0.604  0.600  0.575  0.527    n/a    n/a
128 VietNam         0.593  1.06%  0.590  0.584  0.561  0.528  0.435    n/a
129 Nicaragua       0.589  0.92%  0.587  0.582  0.566  0.533  0.473  0.457
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                           2011/
RankCountry          2011  2000%   2010   2009   2005   2000   1990   1980
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130 Morocco         0.582  1.26%  0.579  0.575  0.552  0.507  0.435  0.364
131 Guatemala       0.574  0.81%  0.573  0.569  0.550  0.525  0.462  0.428
132 Iraq            0.573    n/a  0.567  0.565  0.552    n/a    n/a    n/a
133 Cape Verde      0.568  0.75%  0.566  0.564  0.543  0.523    n/a    n/a
134 India           0.547  1.56%  0.542  0.535  0.504  0.461  0.410  0.344
135 Ghana           0.541  1.66%  0.533  0.527  0.484  0.451  0.418  0.385
136 Eq Guinea       0.537  0.88%  0.534  0.534  0.516  0.488    n/a    n/a
137 Congo           0.533  0.99%  0.528  0.523  0.506  0.478  0.502  0.465
138 Lao PDR         0.524  1.44%  0.520  0.514  0.484  0.448  0.376    n/a
139 Cambodia        0.523  1.62%  0.518  0.513  0.491  0.438    n/a    n/a
140 Swaziland       0.522  0.54%  0.520  0.515  0.493  0.492  0.526    n/a
141 Bhutan          0.522    n/a  0.518    n/a    n/a    n/a    n/a    n/a
142 Solomon Is      0.510  0.58%  0.507  0.504  0.502  0.479    n/a    n/a
143 Kenya           0.509  1.27%  0.505  0.499  0.467  0.443  0.456  0.420
144 S?oTome         0.509    n/a  0.506  0.503  0.483    n/a    n/a    n/a
145 Pakistan        0.504  1.33%  0.503  0.499  0.480  0.436  0.399  0.359
146 Bangladesh      0.500  1.55%  0.496  0.491  0.462  0.422  0.352  0.303
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                           2011/
RankCountry          2011  2000%   2010   2009   2005   2000   1990   1980
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147 Timor-Leste     0.495  1.86%  0.491  0.487  0.448  0.404    n/a    n/a
148 Angola          0.486  2.18%  0.482  0.481  0.445  0.384    n/a    n/a
149 Myanmar         0.483  2.21%  0.479  0.474  0.436  0.380  0.298  0.279
150 Cameroon        0.482  1.11%  0.479  0.475  0.449  0.427  0.427  0.370
151 Madagascar      0.480  1.07%  0.481  0.483  0.465  0.427    n/a    n/a
152 Tanzania        0.466  2.27%  0.461  0.454  0.420  0.364  0.352    n/a
153 Papua NG        0.466  0.87%  0.462  0.457  0.435  0.423  0.368  0.313
154 Yemen           0.462  1.93%  0.460  0.452  0.422  0.374    n/a    n/a
155 Senegal         0.459  1.28%  0.457  0.453  0.432  0.399  0.365  0.317
156 Nigeria         0.459    n/a  0.454  0.449  0.429    n/a    n/a    n/a
157 Nepal           0.458  1.30%  0.455  0.449  0.424  0.398  0.340  0.242
158 Haiti           0.454  0.68%  0.449  0.449  0.429  0.421  0.397  0.332
159 Mauritania      0.453  0.92%  0.451  0.447  0.432  0.410  0.353  0.332
160 Lesotho         0.450  0.47%  0.446  0.440  0.417  0.427  0.470  0.418
161 Uganda          0.446  1.65%  0.442  0.438  0.401  0.372  0.299    n/a
162 Togo            0.435  0.58%  0.433  0.429  0.419  0.408  0.368  0.347
163 Comoros         0.433    n/a  0.431  0.430  0.428    n/a    n/a    n/a
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                           2011/
RankCountry          2011  2000%   2010   2009   2005   2000   1990   1980
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164 Zambia          0.430  1.37%  0.425  0.419  0.394  0.371  0.394  0.401
165 Djibouti        0.430    n/a  0.427  0.425  0.402    n/a    n/a    n/a
166 Rwanda          0.429  2.92%  0.425  0.419  0.376  0.313  0.232  0.275
167 Benin           0.427  1.10%  0.425  0.422  0.409  0.378  0.316  0.252
168 Gambia          0.420  1.41%  0.418  0.413  0.384  0.360  0.317  0.272
169 Sudan           0.408  1.23%  0.406  0.403  0.383  0.357  0.298  0.264
170 C?te d’Ivoire   0.400  0.61%  0.401  0.397  0.383  0.374  0.361  0.347
171 Malawi          0.400  1.41%  0.395  0.387  0.351  0.343  0.291  0.270
172 Afghanistan     0.398  5.10%  0.394  0.387  0.340  0.230  0.246  0.198
173 Zimbabwe        0.376  0.11%  0.364  0.349  0.347  0.372  0.425  0.366
174 Ethiopia        0.363  2.57%  0.358  0.353  0.313  0.274    n/a    n/a
175 Mali            0.359  2.47%  0.356  0.352  0.319  0.275  0.204  0.174
176 Guinea-Bissau   0.353    n/a  0.351  0.348  0.340    n/a    n/a    n/a
177 Eritrea         0.349    n/a  0.345    n/a    n/a    n/a    n/a    n/a
178 Guinea          0.344    n/a  0.342  0.341  0.326    n/a    n/a    n/a
179 CAR             0.343  1.05%  0.339  0.334  0.311  0.306  0.310  0.283
180 Sierra Leone    0.336  2.65%  0.334  0.329  0.306  0.252  0.241  0.248
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                           2011/
RankCountry          2011  2000%   2010   2009   2005   2000   1990   1980
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181 Burkina Faso    0.331    n/a  0.329  0.326  0.302    n/a    n/a    n/a
182 Liberia         0.329  0.64%  0.325  0.320  0.300  0.306    n/a  0.335
183 Chad            0.328  1.26%  0.326  0.323  0.312  0.286    n/a    n/a
184 Mozambique      0.322  2.49%  0.317  0.312  0.285  0.245  0.200    n/a
185 Burundi         0.316  2.33%  0.313  0.308  0.267  0.245  0.250  0.200
186 Niger           0.295  2.33%  0.293  0.285  0.265  0.229  0.193  0.177
187 Congo, DR       0.286  2.25%  0.282  0.277  0.260  0.224  0.289  0.282
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    Arab States     0.641  0.94%  0.639  0.634  0.609  0.578  0.516  0.444
    East Asia       0.671  1.31%  0.666  0.658  0.622  0.581  0.498  0.428
    Eur/Cent. Asia  0.751  0.71%  0.748  0.744  0.728  0.695  0.680  0.644
    Latin Amer.     0.731  0.66%  0.728  0.722  0.703  0.680  0.624  0.582
    South Asia      0.548  1.45%  0.545  0.538  0.510  0.468  0.418  0.356
    Sub-Sah Afr.    0.463  1.31%  0.460  0.456  0.431  0.401  0.383  0.365
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SOURCE: United Nations

To contact the reporter on this story: Alex Tanzi in Washington at atanzi@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Marco Babic at mbabic@bloomberg.net

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