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Countries with Improving HDI

We ranked every country by HDI in 1990 and again in 2017. Which countries improved their ranks the most?
HDI measures life expectancy, income, and education
Only countries with data in both 1990 and 2017 were considered
Last updated: October 05, 2018
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Continent
Answer
+35
Asia
Iran
+31
Asia
China
+30
Asia
Turkey
+29
Asia
Singapore
+23
Asia
Thailand
+21
Africa
Algeria
+20
Europe
Ireland
+18
Africa
Mauritius
+17
Africa
Rwanda
+15
Asia
Bangladesh
+14
Asia
South Korea
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Continent
Answer
+14
Asia
Malaysia
+14
Africa
Tunisia
+14
Asia
Vietnam
+13
Europe
Croatia
+13
South America
Brazil
+13
Asia
Cambodia
+13
Asia
Myanmar
+12
Asia
Saudi Arabia
+11
Asia
Mongolia
+11
Africa
Morocco
+3
level ∞
Oct 5, 2018
My best guess for why Iran is #1 is that in 1990 they were just coming off the disastrous Iran-Iraq war, so the improvement is mostly a rebound from those depths.
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level 71
Oct 6, 2018
They actually started from a mid-range rank of 95th, and improved to 60th.
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level ∞
Oct 24, 2018
95/142 is pretty bad for Iran. If you went back further, to 1975, I'm sure they would have been it a lot better shape.
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level 75
Dec 18, 2018
This was a challenging bit of remembering.. trying to figure out not just which countries are doing well but which were in bad shape in 18 years ago versus where they are today. I got everything except for Mauritius and Rwanda. If I'd remembered the Rwandan Civil War started in 1990 I probably would have picked that one up, too.
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level ∞
Oct 5, 2018
Next on the list: Poland, Laos, and Uganda.
+6
level ∞
Oct 5, 2018
The 5 countries with the largest decreases were Libya, Tajikistan, Moldova, Ukraine, and Lesotho.
+14
level 71
Oct 6, 2018
Would you be tempted to make a quiz of these?
+4
level 57
Oct 5, 2018
Many of these counties are majority-Muslim, glad to see good development among them :)
+3
level 57
Oct 6, 2018
Croatia wasn't independent until 1991.
+3
level 72
Oct 7, 2018
The borders were the same though, easy job for statisticians.
+2
level 66
Dec 18, 2018
That may be, but I didn't try any of the countries that have emerged from Yugoslavia, because the country was still whole in 1990.
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level 75
Dec 18, 2018
A caveat indicating that would have helped.
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level 79
Dec 18, 2018
Right, but Croatia wasn't a country in 1990. Yugoslavia was the country. Could use a note at the top.
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level 48
Dec 18, 2018
I thought India will be on the list
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level 77
Dec 18, 2018
Pretty challenging (but very interesting) quiz.
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level 39
Dec 18, 2018
Took me a few tries, but very interesting! Especially good to see Rwanda and Croatia on there after the conflicts they went through... onwards and upwards! :) ;)
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