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Ten Lowest HDI Countries in Europe

Name the 10 European countries with the lowest quality of life as measured by the Human Development Index.
  • 2016 report
  • Kosovo is not listed in the HDI report
  • Quiz by iheargeo - Mar 23, 2017
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HDI
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0.699
0.743
0.748
0.750
0.764
HDI
Country
0.776
0.794
0.796
0.802
0.804
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level 71
Mar 10, 2014
Start with the Balkans and work your way northeast until you get to Russia. Easy.
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level 65
Mar 23, 2017
I think this list needs Kosovo.
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level 69
Mar 23, 2017
Kosovo (which I expected to see here too) is not measured by the HDI index.
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level 65
Mar 24, 2017
Strange. Makes sense why it wasn't on here though - I was shocked when it didn't appear.
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level 81
Mar 24, 2017
In wikipedia is listed as 0.786 (2013)
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level ∞
Mar 24, 2017
Added a caveat that Kosovo is missing from the HDI report.
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level 78
Mar 23, 2017
Start with the Iron Curtain and... actually just finish with the Iron Curtain as well.
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level 68
Mar 23, 2017
If you mean both sides of iron curtain.
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level 76
Mar 24, 2017
Just the dismal side.
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Mar 24, 2017
Perhaps my choice of thumbnails was a little unfair. Eastern Europe trailed the west before the Bolsheviks ever came to power. And in doing research for my Soviet Union quiz, I learned that the USSR actually had the world's 25th best HDI in 1990.
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Mar 24, 2017
Of course the communists were terrible for all sorts of other reasons, but in the second half of the 20th century, they were actually able to raise the standard of living by a fair amount in the Soviet Union.
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level 65
Mar 28, 2017
Eastern Europe trailed the West not because of communism or any other political ideology but because of its geography of being more isolated and not having access to the sea.
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level 60
Sep 3, 2017
Even so, you should consider the following. The countries that immediately rejected socialism and embraced liberal democracy and European integration upon independence (Baltic states and Central Europe) have seen their standard of living soar since the 1990s.
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level 41
Sep 3, 2017
Slovenia is now part of the big shots in Human Development.
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level 48
Sep 3, 2017
Also remember how utterly devastating the second world war was to Russia and eastern Europe. This video shows the scale, but even after watching that illustration I find it quite unfathomable to visualize the huge difference in devastation between the USSR and everybody else: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwKPFT-RioU&t=257s
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level 64
Sep 9, 2017
@Sulps: Most of the countries on the list immediately rejected socialism after the collapse of the USSR. Even countries where popular support for communism continued, such as Russia, saw mass privatizations and other liberal economic measures in such a rapid and disorganized manner that these probably contributed to the equally rapid deterioration of their living standard. Such mismanagement, along with armed conflicts in some countries and, of course, limited western investment are probably the main contributors to the difference in HDI.
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level 58
Mar 24, 2017
Eastern Europe FTW?
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level 57
Sep 3, 2017
What about Montenegro?
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level 58
Sep 5, 2017
I guess they made a good choice separating from Serbia in 2006.
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level 47
Sep 3, 2017
Shows how bad things really are in Putinland...
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level 60
Sep 6, 2017
Every-day life is hard when you live in a country on the border of very high and high human development.
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level 52
Sep 3, 2017
Finally remembered Belarus with 5 seconds to go!
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level 72
Sep 3, 2017
Couldn't get the last one until the last seconds then finally remembered that Russia is European, not Asian. Duh.
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level 66
Sep 3, 2017
*gets popcorn for debate over Cyprus and Turkey*
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level 48
Sep 4, 2017
Russia is not "European, not Asian". Russia is "European and Asian". Duh.
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level 24
Sep 9, 2017
Russia's Culture is European but they colonized Asia
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