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Five Highest HDI Countries by Continent

What are the five most developed countries in each continent according to HDI?
HDI measures life expectancy, education, and income
2018 HDI report except for the countries marked in bold
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Last updated: September 21, 2019
First submittedDecember 20, 2015
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Africa
0.797
Seychelles
0.790
Mauritius
0.754
Algeria
0.735
Tunisia
0.717
Botswana
 
 
Asia
0.932
Singapore
0.909
Japan
0.903
Israel
0.903
South Korea
0.885
Taiwan
Europe
0.961
San Marino
0.956
Monaco
0.953
Norway
0.944
Switzerland
0.938
Ireland
 
 
North America
0.926
Canada
0.924
United States
0.807
Bahamas
0.800
Barbados
0.794
Costa Rica
Oceania
0.939
Australia
0.917
New Zealand
0.798
Palau
0.741
Fiji
0.726
Tonga
 
 
South America
0.843
Chile
0.825
Argentina
0.804
Uruguay
0.761
Venezuela
0.759
Brazil
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level ∞
Oct 24, 2018
For those who are wondering how Venezuela is still on the list keep in mind that it takes a long time for life expectancy to fall in the event of economic collapse. Education takes even longer to fall, since all the people with degrees still have them even if they can't get a job. Finally, Venezuela has a decent amount of oil income still. HDI doesn't measure how well that income actually reaches the people.
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level 71
Oct 26, 2018
Thanks for clarification. I was really surprised to see Venezuela on this list.
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level 79
Jan 18, 2019
Yeah. Never would have gotten it if South America didn't have such a small number of countries total.
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level 72
Oct 24, 2018
Liechtenstein just has to be there, surely? And Qatar has the highest GDP in the world, so am surprised to see it missing from the Asia list.
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level 58
Jan 18, 2019
Qatar also has literal slave labor right now, so I'm not surprised they're not here.
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level 64
Oct 24, 2018
Well San Marino and Monaco should really not be on the list. In 2009 (year of their source), both had an HDI comparable to Singapore. This means both are most likely now at about 0.93 and thus AT MOST number 6 and 7 in Europe....
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level ∞
Oct 25, 2018
HDIs are going up generally. So, if anything, Monaco and San Marino would be higher.
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level 71
Oct 25, 2018
Well done, Canada.
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level 61
Oct 27, 2018
Thanks OfficerDibble!
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level 71
Oct 28, 2018
smartguy2 is clearly Canadian. So polite!
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level 73
Aug 29, 2019
Why Canada? They come in at 8th overall...

Or has this been updated since your comment?
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level 61
Oct 16, 2019
they are first in north america, but yea behind europe and australia and singapore.

Still you dont always have to be first to say well done. 8th in a list of approx 197 is well done. "winning" isnt everything, only for people that like to brag. Doing well is what matters (I am talking with things in general not just about the quiz subject)? For instance on a climb of mount everest I wouldnt call the ones that didnt come first losers, it is still and achievement. Sometimes people are so focussed on that first place like it is all or nothing. Ok I'll stop ranting, or next I'll be on about the environment or something ;) (where the attitude often is, when you can 100% fix something ( but maybe 90%) why bother even trying)

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level 53
Jan 18, 2019
Surprised Liechtenstein wasn't here, and Sweden
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level 61
Oct 16, 2019
yea, expected sweden, denmark, netherlands before ireland. Also iceland
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level 61
Oct 16, 2019
Should taiwan not be 0.907? (all the others match with wikipedia so I assume that is the source you used)
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level 73
Nov 11, 2019
Africa was a total crap shoot. I didn't even bother after going across the top.