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
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HDI
Country
0.932
Singapore
0.909
Japan
0.903
Israel
0.903
South Korea
0.885
Taiwan
HDI
Country
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 60
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 32
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 69
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 46
Jan 29, 2019
Cyprus is a part of EU
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Level 46
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 ∞
Apr 25, 2020
I'm considering moving Cyprus to Africa since it's actually closer to Africa then it is to Europe.
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Level 60
Aug 2, 2020
Replying to Carto, though, Asia and Europe started as geographic terms. The Greeks called everything to the east of the Aegean Asia and to the west Europe. If you look at maps that the Romans drew, you can see why they used the Aegean.
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Level 74
Mar 28, 2017
Cyprus...
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Level 41
Mar 28, 2017
lol, 4/10
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Level 60
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 80
Aug 23, 2017
Can't believe Saudi Arabia scores higher than Kuwait.
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Level 62
Aug 23, 2017
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Level 60
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 49
Aug 23, 2017
Ughhh saudi arabia is higher than kuwait and georgia
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Level 80
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 51
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 67
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 80
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 67
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 61
Aug 23, 2017
Easier than I thought. Had 53 seconds left.
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Level 76
Aug 23, 2017
Only 30% got Cyprus: the other 70% steadfastly insist it's in Europe ;-)
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Level 65
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 81
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 87
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 70
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 45
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 60
Dec 21, 2018
Cyprus is in Europe
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Level 58
Dec 21, 2018
"don't be a whiner"
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Level 58
Dec 21, 2018
gfdi i typed "israel" but the timer ended just before it accepted it
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Level 47
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 59
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 67
Feb 26, 2019
But CYPRUS is in EUROPE!!!
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Level 67
Feb 26, 2019
Joking
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Level 67
May 22, 2019
Cypress is NOT part of Aisa!!
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Level ∞
Apr 25, 2020
Well that much is true. It definitely isn't part of Aisa.
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Level 78
Oct 27, 2020
No there are Cypress trees in Asia. I don't know about Aisa though.
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Level 73
Jun 21, 2019
Still tenth, after what happened to Khashoggi?
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Level 50
May 26, 2020
Actually Cyprus is common called a transcontinental country (same as Kazakhstan, Russia, Turkey, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, all European-Asian countries) so in these type of quizzes Cyprus should always be given by the author, to avoid confusion.

And that is by continent definitions.

If you try to go with the plates:

Remember Iceland is mostly on North American plate and everyone says they're Europe.

Malta is on African plate and everyone says it is Europe.

Even my country, Portugal, have territory on North American Plate (Azores) and African Plate (Madeira) and it's Europe.

Take in account that continents, even if continents are a geographical definition, they are in true fact a cultural construct (especially if we are talking about Europe and Asia, that stand in the same plate). So, if all this is a cultural construct: Cyprus stands on Europe; as culturally they are closer to Europe than any other continent (same as Iceland and Malta, that stand in other plates).

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Level 49
Jun 15, 2020
I 100% agree cyprus is a country that should be given.