Highest HDI Countries with Exceptions

Name the most developed countries that are NOT in Europe, 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 submittedMay 21, 2016
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HDI
Country
0.944
Australia
0.938
Singapore
0.931
New Zealand
0.929
Canada
0.926
United States
0.919
Israel
0.919
Japan
HDI
Country
0.916
South Korea
0.911
Taiwan
0.890
United Arab Emirates
0.887
Cyprus
0.854
Saudi Arabia
0.852
Bahrain
0.851
Chile
HDI
Country
0.848
Qatar
0.845
Argentina
0.838
Brunei
0.826
Palau
0.825
Kazakhstan
0.820
Turkey
0.817
Uruguay
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Level 75
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 63
Aug 24, 2016
This could explain.
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Level 82
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 64
Feb 2, 2021
There is only one Human Development Index. The index is the assortment of this data from all the countries per the definition of "index".
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Level 46
Feb 2, 2021
and brunei's
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Level 68
Feb 2, 2021
It doesn't otherwise none of the Gulfa countries would have made that list. Turkey and Kazakhstan would have faced similar challenges as well.
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Level 77
Aug 15, 2016
Everything but Cyprus. It did not for a moment occur to me.
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Level 81
Aug 16, 2016
Likewise.
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Level 72
Aug 19, 2016
If Cyprus isn't in Europe, why not include Malta on this list as well.
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Level 40
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 63
Aug 24, 2016
Yay! Another comment triggering the 'Is Cyprus in Asia or in Europe?' argument.
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Level 67
May 25, 2019
and people fall for it every time
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Level 63
Feb 2, 2021
I am really curious what people from Cyprus think about where they are, Europe or Asia. Also what, if anything, the government stance is (like in schoolbooks it read that they are located in Asia).
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Level 58
Feb 2, 2021
Never trust what is in today's schoolbooks. It must be Europe.
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Level 62
Feb 3, 2021
Cyprus really needs to be classified as part of Africa. It would put a halt to all these pointless Europe/Asia kerfuffles.
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Level 72
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 82
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 69
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 85
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 75
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 63
Aug 24, 2016
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Level 69
Oct 12, 2016
It's a shame that Saudi Arabia and Qatar are on this list.
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Level 40
Oct 12, 2016
Can't disagree with that.
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Level 67
Oct 21, 2016
Honestly the system favours countries with money. Slavery, for example was not taken into account, unfortunately.
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Level 82
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 66
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 61
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 82
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 78
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 82
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 82
May 8, 2021
Kuwait showing up below Palau, Kazakhstan, Turkey and Uruguay just makes this list seem like a complete joke. and that's only because of PPP and the strength of the Kuwaiti Dinar, one of the strongest currencies in the world.
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Level 24
Nov 14, 2016
dint see taiwan in wikipedia
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Level 64
Oct 8, 2018
It's under Non-UN members.
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Level 69
Nov 15, 2016
Damn you Cyprus! I always forget it's considered an Asian country.
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Level 64
Feb 2, 2021
To be fair, anywhere else in the world except Jetpunk, but very much including Cyprus, people agree that it's European. Quizmaster has just decided at some point that he's digging his heels in, and now it's waaaaay too late for him to cave, even if his position is untenable.
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Level 82
May 8, 2021
Some of your comments use to be pretty obnoxious but since coming out of JetPunk comments section retirement it feels like you are endeavoring to be a full-time troll. What you said here is just (easily) provably false, and a five second Google search would have revealed as much.
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Level 82
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 82
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 82
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 82
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 82
Feb 2, 2021
And thinking that Kuwait is less prosperous than Turkey or Uruguay is just flat-out downright absurd. Visit these places sometime and you'll see just how ridiculous these rankings are and how badly PPP distorts reality.
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Level 39
Nov 17, 2018
only Israel, Uruguay and Bahamas left
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Level 67
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?

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Level 34
Feb 2, 2021
exactly the same :(
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Level 65
Nov 30, 2018
CYPRUS IS IN EUROPE
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Level ∞
Dec 23, 2020
Wrong. It's in Africa.
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Level 76
Dec 29, 2020
A whale isn't a fish. It's an insect.
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Level 64
Feb 2, 2021
Cyprus, the country, is in Europe, but for some reason, Cyprus, the Jetpunk answer, is in Asia. I agree that it doesn't make any sense.
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Level 73
Feb 4, 2021
It is an island located off the coast of Asia. Its culture maybe predominantly European influenced but so is Israel, Australia, USA etc
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Level 40
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 40
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 67
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 71
Jan 5, 2021
Uhm.. at least a part of Indonesia is actually in Oceania :)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oceania

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Level 67
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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Level 77
Dec 25, 2020
Actually, I'd say Argentina is doing pretty badly compared to where it was historically. Chile's now overtaken it, and Uruguay may well do so as well in the not too distant future. Once it stood far above any other Latin American country or even Spain.
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Level 56
May 10, 2020
Cyprus
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Level 71
Dec 23, 2020
Saudi Arabia being so high makes this formula a joke
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Level 67
Dec 23, 2020
The thing I've learnt about these sorts of measures, is that while they can in fact give insight into the countries of the world, they shouldn't be taken as absolute truths (no matter how 'official' the measurement).
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Level ∞
Dec 23, 2020
"Education" seems very easy to fudge. You can give everyone a college degree but it doesn't mean they really learned anything. Saudi Arabia supposedly needs to import large numbers of western experts to run vital infrastructure, so it would seem that the education system is lacking. My guess is that the UN simply measures number of years of education.
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Level 72
Dec 31, 2020
You can check the index called "inequality-adjusted HDI", it is better than HDI in this regard.
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Level 67
Feb 2, 2021
To what extent do differences in male and female education, participation in the workforce, etc. factor into HDI? I understand the women in Saudi Arabia still get educations far superior to women in many developing countries, but still far from equal to the education that men get. They also aren't very active in the economy I'm guessing, given their strict guardianship laws (one source I found has them as only 15% of the labor force). Do they just take the average of male and female education and workforce participation and ignore gender gaps?
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Level 84
Dec 23, 2020
Hey, the qualification says "NOT in Europe". Turkey is in Europe. Not all of it, of course, but it's there. Russia is also mostly in Asia, but it's not on the list. Surely it would outrank Kazakhstan?
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Level 72
Dec 24, 2020
Only part of Istanbul is in Europe, the rest of the country is in Asia, along with the majority of its population. The majority of Russia's population is in the very western part that is geographically European.
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Level 72
Dec 31, 2020
The European part of Turkey is called "Turkish Thrace" or "East Thrace", and includes several other provinces other than Istanbul.
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Level 63
Dec 24, 2020
Dunno why but the URL for this quiz says outside of Europe and North America confused me for a minute or two.
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Level ∞
Dec 24, 2020
That was the original title. Changed the URL.
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Level 75
Dec 24, 2020
The number you have for Argentina conflicts with the source and the other HDI quizzes on the site
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Level ∞
Dec 24, 2020
Fixed
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Level 43
Feb 2, 2021
cyprus and kazahstan are in europe
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Level 55
Feb 2, 2021
Turkey and Kazakhstan have areas that belong to Europe. If they are included in the list there needs to be a hint.
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Level 57
Feb 2, 2021
Too European uncentred !
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Level 58
Feb 2, 2021
As a Cypriot taking this quiz from Cyprus and not being able to guess Cyprus in this quiz, although I do know the Quizmaster's policy of considering Cyprus an Asian territory and I remember it in other quizes, I believe it is time for Quizmaster to reconsider his decision. It is quizes like this, which consider the social, political and economic environment of a location rather its geographical environment, that make the non-inclusion of Cyprus in Europe seem problematic.

After all, Europe itself is mostly a politico-socio-economic concept rather a geographical one.

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Level 58
Feb 3, 2021
Yes, yes! Culture determines geography- not maps! While plate tectonics may offer clues to a country's continent or origin, we all know that it is the restaurant and entertainment choices of their populace that determines their continental belonging. Dress for the continent you want to be, I say. Cartographers be damned!
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Level 61
Feb 2, 2021
I got Palau but missed South Korea. smh
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Level 56
Feb 2, 2021
How about countries with the most developed women?
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Level 82
Feb 3, 2021
I made that quiz already.
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Level 53
Feb 10, 2021
Turkey should not be on here due to it being a transcontinental country with East Thrace being the Turkish region in Europe consisting of many provinces and cities including Istanbul in Europe. Even though most of the country is in Asia it is still a European country. Yes, Turkey's capital is on it's Asian side and most of it's population is in it's Asian side, but these reasons still do not mean that Turkey is not a European country. East Thrace is part of it's contiguous land mass and has many metro-politician cities and regions in Turkey. Turkey should be removed with Panama being added under Uruguay.
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Level 53
Apr 16, 2021
I PUT IS CYPRUS DAMMIT
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Level 42
Aug 6, 2021
you should add grey to turkey, since it is transcontinental