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Highest HDI Countries with Exceptions

Name the most developed countries that are NOT in Europe, according to Human Development Index.
For 2018. source
Quiz by Matthew07
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Last updated: October 3, 2018
First submittedMay 21, 2016
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HDI
Country
0.939
Australia
0.932
Singapore
0.926
Canada
0.924
United States
0.917
New Zealand
0.909
Japan
0.903
Israel
0.903
South Korea
0.885
Taiwan
0.869
Cyprus
HDI
Country
0.863
United Arab Emirates
0.856
Qatar
0.853
Brunei
0.853
Saudi Arabia
0.846
Bahrain
0.843
Chile
0.825
Argentina
0.821
Oman
0.807
Bahamas
0.804
Uruguay
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level 72
Aug 15, 2016
Might it be an idea explain what an "HDI" measures? "Human development" could mean a million things! (And, considering Bahrain's disgraceful human rights record, it clearly doesn't include human rights)
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level 62
Aug 24, 2016
This could explain.
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level 77
Nov 14, 2016
Education (mostly literacy), life expectancy, and wealth (I think income per capita). Pretty simple formula. Obviously not comprehensive. Probably not the best.
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level 69
Aug 15, 2016
Everything but Cyprus. It did not for a moment occur to me.
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level 82
Aug 16, 2016
Likewise.
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level 70
Aug 19, 2016
If Cyprus isn't in Europe, why not include Malta on this list as well.
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level 37
Sep 30, 2016
Really? That's like saying that because Istanbul is partly in Europe then Ankara is as well because they are both in Turkey
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level 62
Aug 24, 2016
Yay! Another comment triggering the 'Is Cyprus in Asia or in Europe?' argument.
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level 63
May 25, 2019
and people fall for it every time
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level 70
Aug 28, 2016
Look at a map of the eastern Mediterranean - pretty much all of Turkey is in Asia, Cyprus is closer to Turkey, Syria and Lebanon than to any European country. Malta is closer to Sicily than any other place . . . and a lot farther west than Istanbul, never mind Cyprus.
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level 77
Nov 14, 2016
I got Cyprus with 5 seconds left after guessing every other country with even a remote possibility of making it on the list. but, yeah, it really does "feel" like it's in Europe.
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level 64
Nov 14, 2016
I'm going to blame missing Cyprus on playing quizzes on that other site that rhymes with Forkle.
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level 74
Oct 4, 2018
I could never get forkle to work. I don't know why. Plus their quizzes seemed pretty limited even if it did let me play one.
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level 73
Aug 29, 2019
The first rule of Jetpunk is, you don't talk about... Forkle
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level 55
Aug 19, 2016
only missed one and I'm not even entirely sure what the HDI is!
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level 62
Aug 24, 2016
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level 66
Oct 12, 2016
It's a shame that Saudi Arabia and Qatar are on this list.
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level 37
Oct 12, 2016
Can't disagree with that.
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level 61
Oct 21, 2016
Honestly the system favours countries with money. Slavery, for example was not taken into account, unfortunately.
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level 77
Nov 14, 2016
It would be preferable if the people in these countries were even worse off? I understand disliking the politics, religion, culture, etc of these countries but I can't see why any country having a high HDI would be a shame.
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level 62
Nov 14, 2016
Perhaps the issue is not wishing that their conditions were any worse, but that HDI were calculated differently, in which case countries with fewer egregious human rights abuses could surpass Saudi Arabia and Qatar despite having less money than those two countries.
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level 59
Nov 14, 2016
It would be preferable if the wealth of those countries weren't built on a tiny class owning vast extractable resources while consigning a large underclass to slavery, yes.
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level 77
Nov 14, 2016
Both of those positions make sense. But considering that HDI also factors in life expectancy and education levels in addition to wealth I'd say it's only a shame that more countries aren't as high. Also, wealth tends to lead eventually to moderation.
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level 76
Nov 17, 2018
Why wasn't Kuwait and UAE on this list? When they didn't make it, I didn't even try Oman, Qatar, etc. Obviously I don't understand what makes up HDI.
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level 77
Nov 17, 2018
^ the high cost of some goods in these countries screws things up when you measure using PPP. But the UAE shows up, now. and I checked the source; Kuwait is in 21st place. Realistically it should probably be 13th.
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level 24
Nov 14, 2016
dint see taiwan in wikipedia
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level 65
Oct 8, 2018
It's under Non-UN members.
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level 58
Nov 15, 2016
Damn you Cyprus! I always forget it's considered an Asian country.
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level 77
Nov 17, 2018
How on Earth did Kuwait get edged out by the bottom 8? That doesn't make any sense to me.
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level 77
Nov 17, 2018
I bet it's another quirk of that PPP baloney. The relatively high cost of living there and the strong Kuwaiti dinar takes down their wealth per capita ranking when using PPP (vs cheaper countries like Saudi, Bahrain, Oman, and Uruguay), even though Kuwait is a tiny country and it makes no sense to do that.
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level ∞
Nov 17, 2018
It looks like you are right that HDI uses PPP. However I agree with the UN that PPP is a better measure of prosperity than nominal GDP. Not only is it is more strongly correlated with life expectancy, but it also varies much less year to year.
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level ∞
Nov 17, 2018
A much bigger issue is whether HDI methodology takes into account the vast group of uneducated, poorly paid, and exploited South Asian residents that form a large percentage of the population of the Gulf states. Based on the numbers, I'd say no.
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level 77
Nov 17, 2018
I've been to Kuwait. I've lived in Bahrain. People in Kuwait are much better off. But Bahrain is a lot cheaper.
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level 77
Nov 17, 2018
and at least part of that lower cost of living is due to the many poor immigrants living and working there.
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level 41
Nov 17, 2018
only Israel, Uruguay and Bahamas left
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level 68
Nov 17, 2018
Oh right: Saudi Arabia, bastion of human development. How could I have failed to have guessed that?
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level 35
Nov 17, 2018
Ha! That's funny!
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level 36
Nov 24, 2018
"Sweden" - miss, "Denmark" - miss... WTF? (Read description) Plop
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level 59
Nov 30, 2018
CYPRUS IS IN EUROPE
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level 35
Dec 13, 2018
Cyprus is most definitely in Europe. Despite its location, it is regarded by the great majority of experts and its residents as being in Europe, and it's in the EU. This is like calling Indonesia part of Oceania.
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level 37
Jan 15, 2019
“Despite its location”.. don’t you think that location is kinda important when determining what continent it’s in?
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level 63
May 25, 2019
nope. If you look at trackrecords anyway, people have often disregarded the most obvious things. (what was it again, you cant eat animals besides the animal otter/beaver because it swims. I know weird example, but some will now what I mean). Allmost all major things have exceptions, so why should this be any different, why would people suddenly start to follow their own rules, they never did before...
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level 58
Mar 5, 2019
Malaysia (0.802, where I come from), is just under Kuwait (0.803), which is just under Uruguay.
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level 63
May 25, 2019
I tried paraguay, then I didnt bother to try uruguay... Argentina is doing well though, together wth uruguay being the only country in the americas besides isa and canada. (ow, and bahamas)
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