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Ten Highest HDI Countries in Asia

Name the 10 Asian countries with the highest quality of life as measured by the Human Development Index.
2018 HDI Report except for the country in bold whose score is calculated by a different source
HDI measures life expectancy, income, and education
Using standard JetPunk definitions of continent boundaries - don't be a whiner
Last updated: October 03, 2018
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HDI
Country
0.932
Singapore
0.909
Japan
0.903
Israel
0.903
South Korea
0.885
Taiwan
0.869
Cyprus
0.863
United Arab Emirates
0.856
Qatar
0.853
Brunei
0.853
Saudi Arabia
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level 58
Mar 28, 2017
whenever there's the disclaimer about jetpunk defined continents, and it is an asia quiz, always enter Cyprus. :)
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level 58
Aug 23, 2017
It's like whenever there's a disclaimer on the "M Countries Quiz" that a "certain country has moved from the B Quiz," you know it's Myanmar/Burma.
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level 33
Aug 23, 2017
Its not a definition by jetpunk its an official geographic fact. Cyprus is in Asia. Get over it!
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level 67
Aug 23, 2017
Europe and Asia are the same continent if you go off of geographic fact. Their division is entirely due to culture, which Cyprus fits far better on the European side of.
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level 23
Dec 21, 2018
Actually, Cyprus is technically in Europe even though it's closer to Asia. It does explain why Cyprus is in the EU.
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level 37
Jan 29, 2019
Cyprus is a part of EU
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level 28
Feb 8, 2019
The UN considers Cyprus as Western Asia. Being part of the EU is political, not geographical. https://unstats.un.org/unsd/methodology/m49/
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level 70
Mar 28, 2017
Cyprus...
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level 43
Mar 28, 2017
lol, 4/10
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level 58
Aug 23, 2017
I like the "don't be a whiner" warning. Once I saw it I immediately knew what it was talking about.
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level 75
Aug 23, 2017
Can't believe Saudi Arabia scores higher than Kuwait.
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level 64
Aug 23, 2017
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level 55
Aug 23, 2017
Thank you for that "Don't be a whiner"-comment. Wouldn't have guessed Cyprus otherwise :P
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level 43
Aug 23, 2017
Ughhh saudi arabia is higher than kuwait and georgia
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level 75
Aug 23, 2017
Kuwait is strange. Georgia... not strange at all. Beautiful country. Lovely people. Delicious food. Interesting architecture. Open-minded women. Breathtaking landscapes. But... next to Kuwait pretty dirt poor. The worst highway I've ever been on in my life was one of the roads between Tbilisi and Yerevan.
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level 24
Aug 23, 2017
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level 44
Aug 23, 2017
I can't believe saudi arabia is even on this list. Quality of life? They don't deserve that spot or even mentioned in the category!
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level 19
Aug 23, 2017
it's due to life expectancy and high levels of education. if they factored in gender equality, climate, human rights, or the ability to eat bacon, then it wouldn't be so high
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level 65
Aug 24, 2017
not eating bacon immediately lowers your quality of life
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level 67
Aug 23, 2017
Saudi Arabia Quality Of Life?! Seriously?! It was in the news yesterday that a teenager got arrested for doing the Macarena for crying out loud. And I'm sure women are loving life in Saudi Arabia as well...
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level 75
Aug 23, 2017
It's a very short list of things they factor. Life expectancy (Saudi Arabia's is 74.5, equal to Bulgaria and Georgia; higher than Lithuania, Belarus or Russia), income (Saudi Arabia's PPP GDP per capita is 10th highest in the world), and education (having worked in the education sector in the country I know firsthand that Saudi education is a complete joke, but a high percentage of Saudis have cheated their way to tertiary degrees).

If they factored things like... gender equality, climate, sexual freedom, entertainment venues, condition of expat slave laborers, human rights, press freedom, or availability of quality pork products then Saudi would of course rocket straight to the bottom of the list.
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level 64
Aug 23, 2017
Quite so. My quality of life would be considerably lower if I didn't have access to high quality sausages. Isn't it time to look at the criteria?
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level 48
Mar 21, 2018
The locals quality of life maybe..not including the expats..
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level 57
Aug 23, 2017
Easier than I thought. Had 53 seconds left.
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level 72
Aug 23, 2017
Only 30% got Cyprus: the other 70% steadfastly insist it's in Europe ;-)
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level 48
Mar 21, 2018
Correct. they always think just because it is a member of EU makes cyprus geographically european.. they think because of EU membership makes the ISLAND OF CYPRUS closer to europe.hahaha
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level 45
Aug 6, 2018
Well, geographically Asia and Europe are the same continent, so that solves the problem really.
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level 64
Sep 5, 2018
As soon as it said "Using standard JetPunk definitions of continent boundaries - don't be a whiner" I knew Cyprus was on here - why else do people whine about what continent is or isn't in Asia?
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level 78
Oct 28, 2018
I don't whine. I always say that Asia is in Asia, and other continents are not :)
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level 83
Oct 3, 2018
I'm sorry, but I'm going to whine about the standard JetPunk definitions of continents. My arbitrary system for dividing countries into continents is better than your arbitrary system for diving countries into continents!
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level 35
Dec 10, 2018
Can you accept Republic of China or ROC for Taiwan?
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level 65
Dec 21, 2018
If the UK Brexits, then it's not European? EU membership and Eurovision contest are not good arguments that a place clearly east of the Asian part of Turkey is not Asian. Why is it bad to be considered Asian? Why so much passion about it?
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level 33
Dec 21, 2018
I remembered Middle East and others close by counted in the last 30 seconds, so I missed Israel and Cyprus.
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level 55
Dec 21, 2018
Cyprus is in Europe
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level 56
Dec 21, 2018
"don't be a whiner"
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level 56
Dec 21, 2018
gfdi i typed "israel" but the timer ended just before it accepted it
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level 38
Dec 21, 2018
*facepalm* did not see ASIAN in the title
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level 16
Dec 21, 2018
Surprised to not see Georgia on this list as it is geographically Asian and I also thought Cyprus was in Europe.
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level 56
Dec 26, 2018
Never will I ever accept Cyprus as an Asian country. It was the only one I didn't guess, because it did not even cross my mind. So there...
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level 52
Feb 26, 2019
But CYPRUS is in EUROPE!!!
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level 52
Feb 26, 2019
Joking
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level 40
Mar 1, 2019
Isn´t Saudi Arabia a warring country?
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level 60
Mar 23, 2019
Yes, but they tend to do that outside of their country, thus protecting their HDI.