Lowest HDI Countries with Exceptions

Name the least-developed countries outside Africa, according to the Human Development Index.
2020 HDI report. Data from the year 2019.
HDI measures income, life expectancy, and education
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Last updated: December 23, 2020
First submittedOctober 10, 2016
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HDI
Country
0.470
Yemen
0.510
Haiti
0.511
Afghanistan
0.555
Papua New Guinea
0.557
Pakistan
0.567
Syria
0.567
Solomon Islands
HDI
Country
0.583
Myanmar
0.594
Cambodia
0.602
Nepal
0.606
East Timor
0.609
Vanuatu
0.613
Laos
0.620
F. S. Micronesia
HDI
Country
0.630
Kiribati
0.632
Bangladesh
0.634
Honduras
0.645
India
0.660
Nicaragua
0.654
Bhutan
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Level 73
Oct 3, 2018
I assume there's no data for North Korea? I can't imagine they wouldn't be on this list otherwise.
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Level 65
Oct 4, 2018
acording to north korean data, 0,999
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Level 68
Oct 11, 2018
More like 1,004
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Level 82
Oct 4, 2018
Way to go, North Korea and Venezuela!
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Level 80
Oct 5, 2018
Guatemala also has a 2018 HDI of .650 - surely it should count?
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Level 75
Oct 7, 2018
No sign of North Korea in the source statistics - they'd surely appear here otherwise.
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Level 70
Nov 30, 2018
The HDI DPRK is 0.733 according to https://www.unescap.org/sites/default/files/wp-09-02.pdf.

Education is a factor and the education system is well developed, universal, and compulsory. Literacy is 99% with the 1% illiterate probably very elderly women. Even life expectancy is quite high. It's 157 according to the list.

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Level 68
Dec 17, 2018
Life expectancy in North Korea is 157 years?? Maybe one shouldn't trust North Korea's own statistics...
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Level 74
Jan 26, 2019
But the DPRK considers all citizens who can write the Dear Leader's name as literate..........
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Level 84
Dec 23, 2020
Hey! At least there I'm literate! 김정은
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Level 62
Mar 21, 2021
157??? Nobody has ever been that old, not even Sardinians or Okinawans.
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Level 42
Mar 21, 2021
ranked 157th, life expectancy is 68.0 years.
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Level 56
Mar 21, 2021
Being ranked 157th isn’t exactly a good thing...
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Level 39
Nov 30, 2018
why not calculate Africa lol
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Level 82
Nov 30, 2018
They have calculated HDI for African countries. They're all near the bottom. You're missing the point of the quiz.
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Level 45
Nov 30, 2018
Very interesting quiz. Was a little surprised to see that Yemen has such a low index, I had the idea the whole Arabian Peninsula region was wealthy because of oil - I suppose the current conflict in Yemen has just exposed long term socioeconomic problems that had previously been little-publicised?
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Level 59
Nov 30, 2018
Yemen does not have much oil, and what it did have is running out.
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Level 82
Nov 30, 2018
Though oil poor next to any of it's nearby Arabian neighbors, Yemen's oil reserves are not negligible. However, the country has long been rife with conflict and corruption as it has played host to civil wars and proxy wars between Saudi Arabia and Egypt and now Saudi Arabia and Iran, and those oil reserves have never been fully exploited.
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Level 66
Nov 30, 2018
Another problem is lack of water.
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Level 82
Dec 1, 2018
That's not a problem unique to Yemen in the region.
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Level 66
Dec 2, 2018
Yes but it's an extreme problem in Yemen. The Saudis aren't helping the situation.
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Level 56
Mar 21, 2021
Yemen’s much more densely populated than Saudi Arabia or Oman, so I could definitely see water being a bigger issue there.
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Level 69
Dec 1, 2018
Tried out the way more difficult to spell Kyrgyzstan but never thought to also try Tajikistan. Blimey!
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Level 82
Feb 24, 2019
Darn it. Took this quiz 3x now and twice forgot Papua New Guinea.
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Level 84
Dec 23, 2020
I still don't understand this quiz series. Tuvalu isn't on here, and I believe the country has one single car. And I challenge anyone to travel the main island of Palau (on the most-developed list) and then the FSM capital island of Pohnpei (on the least-developed list) and tell me which one appears "more developed"... with supposedly more than 100 countries in between!
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Level 79
Dec 24, 2020
that's more cars than the Channel Island of Sark
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Level 64
Dec 30, 2020
HDI is based on income, life expectancy, and education, not the number of cars or buildings in the country.
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Level 71
Dec 23, 2020
Bangladesh should be near the very bottom. Don't think you'd find many people that would rather live there than Cambodia, for example
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Level 67
Mar 21, 2021
I'd much rather live in Bangladesh than Cambodia. As a person of Bangladeshi descent, I may be biased... but even if Bangladesh and Cambodia are comparable to each other, I think most people would much rather live in Bangladesh than in Afghanistan, Syria, Myanmar, or even Pakistan.
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Level 69
Dec 26, 2020
Not having Africa does make this a slightly odd quiz, but it's easily understandable why it's done that way - of the bottom 20 countries only 2 are not in Africa, of the bottom 30 only 3.

I think the only reasonable way to go for this quiz is by continent.

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Level 57
Mar 10, 2021
Bhutan and Nicaragua should change place
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Level 63
Mar 21, 2021
Nicaragua and Bhutan need to be swapped round as the HDI is the wrong way around
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Level 20
Apr 2, 2021
I thought the pacific island countries would be happy