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Lowest HDI Countries by Continent

What are the five least 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: February 17, 2019
First submittedMay 28, 2016
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Africa
0.354
Niger
0.364
Somalia
0.367
Central African Republic
0.388
South Sudan
0.404
Chad
 
 
Asia
0.452
Yemen
0.498
Afghanistan
0.536
Syria
0.562
Pakistan
0.574
Nepal
Europe
0.700
Moldova
0.739
Kosovo
0.751
Ukraine
0.757
North Macedonia
0.768
Bosnia and Herzegovina
 
 
North America
0.498
Haiti
0.617
Honduras
0.650
Guatemala
0.658
Nicaragua
0.674
El Salvador
Oceania
0.544
Papua New Guinea
0.546
Solomon Islands
0.603
Vanuatu
0.612
Kiribati
0.627
F. S. Micronesia
 
 
South America
0.654
Guyana
0.693
Bolivia
0.702
Paraguay
0.720
Suriname
0.747
Colombia
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level ∞
Oct 24, 2018
HDI is definitely an imperfect measure of how things are going in a country. Recently, we've witnessed refugees from Venezuela trying to get into Colombia, a country whose HDI is actually lower.
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level 61
Oct 27, 2018
That was the one South American country I expected NOT to be on the list.
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level 71
Oct 30, 2018
Well, as I read in another comment section (I thought written by *you*, Quizmaster!), the HDI index is inherently delayed, due to the time required for data collection, compilation, analysis, and reporting. Not that Venezuela has exactly been heaven on earth for quite some time now, but its recent financial implosion has been fast and hard, comparatively. (I assume all HDI methodologies use a PPP-based algorithm for income now? No use having a million dollars in the bank if a cup of black coffee costs two million!)
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level 79
Nov 7, 2018
Also look at the very limited number of countries in South America. The lowest on their list would probably rank near the top of Africa's or even Asia's list.
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level 57
Feb 4, 2019
HDI of Hong Kong: 0.933; Singapore: 0.932; Japan: 0.909; Macau: 0.909; Israel: 0.903; South Korea: 0.903; Taiwan: 0.885; UAE: 0.863; Qatar: 0.856; Brunei: 0.853; Saudi Arabia: 0.853; Bahrain: 0.846; Oman: 0.821; Kuwait: 0.803; Malaysia: 0.802; Kazakhstan: 0.800; Iran: 0.798; Turkey: 0.791; Georgia: 0.780; Sri Lanka: 0.770; Azerbaijan: 0.757; Lebanon: 0.757; Armenia: 0.755; Thailand: 0.755; China: 0.752; Fiji: 0.741; Mongolia: 0.741; Jordan: 0.735; Maldives: 0.717; Uzbekistan: 0.710; Turkmenistan: 0.706 etc.
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level 66
Oct 30, 2018
definitely surprised to find Colombia on the list...
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level 30
Jan 18, 2019
Don't let all the glitzy international celebrities fool you, we've got an awful, corrupt, violent place over in Colombia.
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level 65
Nov 5, 2018
Thank you for the challenging time limit (for me at least). Got it with just a few seconds to spare.
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level 46
Feb 4, 2019
Quite surprised seeing Suriname and Moldova as the most guessed countries, rather than for example Haiti or Afghanistan.
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level 33
Feb 4, 2019
Just guessing but Suriname is probably highly guessed due to the fact South America doesn't have a lot of countries. It's easier to narrow things down.
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level 43
Feb 4, 2019
Is north korea not ranked on these types of lists? I feel like it must atleast be worst then nepal, and probably pakistan too.
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level 69
Feb 4, 2019
I'm not sure if they're ranked, but even if they were, they probably wouldn't be part of the bottom 5 in Asia, since they have a pretty decent life expectancy (low 70s). HDI doesn't measure things like freedom of speech and expression, so North Korea's HDI probably wouldn't be too bad.
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level 77
Feb 6, 2019
Yeah they're actually beating all but one of the bottom five in Europe.
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level 77
Feb 4, 2019
0.766. Nepal and Pakistan are not in good shape.
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level 69
Feb 4, 2019
Need more time......I think super fast but I type slug slow.
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level 29
Feb 5, 2019
Where's Antarctica?
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level 77
Feb 7, 2019
Antarctica uses PDI not HDI. Penguin Development Index.
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level 66
Jul 5, 2019
I can't believe North Korea and DRC are not on this list.