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Ten Highest HDI Countries in Africa

Name the 10 African countries with the highest quality of life as measured by the Human Development Index.
2018 HDI Report
HDI measures life expectancy, income, and education
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Last updatedOctober 3, 2018
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HDI
Population
Country
0.797
94.2 k
Seychelles
0.790
1.26 mil
Mauritius
0.754
42.6 mil
Algeria
0.735
11.4 mil
Tunisia
0.712
2.30 mil
Botswana
0.706
6.47 mil
Libya
0.702
2.07 mil
Gabon
0.699
57.7 mil
South Africa
0.696
97.7 mil
Egypt
0.667
34.8 mil
Morocco
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level 66
Mar 27, 2017
So, why do the island nations have highest HDI? No nearby states to war with?
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level 42
Jun 19, 2017
No nearby wars + a good tourist industry + smaller population I guess
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level 67
Dec 5, 2018
Small island states (island states with populations under a million) do stand to benefit from tourism money spread between few people. None of that is to suggest that such money will necessarily benefit many, or that those states will do much to capture a significant portion of it and use it for health and education - the two other social aspects that are measured along with income in the HDI.
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level 79
Mar 28, 2017
So basically it's the name the countries that border the Mediterranean, small island countries, Commonwealth countries that haven't had recent civil wars and Gabon. The next two hold to that pattern as well.
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level 51
Mar 28, 2017
The safest place to be in Africa is...not really in Africa. I guess that makes sense - it's a tumultuous country. But even with the flag I was thinking - Really? The SEYCHELLES?!
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level 56
Jun 14, 2017
Continent, not a country
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level 45
Jun 12, 2018
Most parts of Africa are very safe. This is about HDI not safety. Also Africa is a continent, not a country.
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level 46
Mar 28, 2017
what about equatorial guinea? PPP of $35K+
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level 71
Mar 28, 2017
A small amount of the people there control the wealth. It's mainly in the hands of the dictators family.
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level 49
Mar 28, 2017
The flag was a dead giveaway.
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level 32
Mar 28, 2017
I bet no one would have gotten Seychelles if the flag wasn't on the top ;))
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level 79
Apr 3, 2017
Why is that? Not many countries in Africa have a smaller population than metropolises such as Lawton Oklahoma or Scranton Pennsylvania. Especially when you see the pattern of the countries on the list.
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level 61
Jun 14, 2017
I didn't even know which flag that was, and I got Seychelles. I guesses all the little island countries first. It makes the most sense, both because it's easier for countries with low populations to prosper, because access to water usually means access to food, and because the natural boundaries spare those countries from so much of the violence and upheaval that plagues the African mainland.
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level 76
Jun 15, 2017
You typed the words right out of my mouth.
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level 60
Dec 6, 2018
I think Seychelles would have been the first thing I typed
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level 77
Jun 14, 2017
What happened to Equatorial Guinea? I thought they were way ahead of the rest of Africa. Now they rank below Botswana??
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level 71
Jun 14, 2017
Most Equatoguineans live in poverty. The oil money goes to US companies and the dictators family.
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level 58
Nov 9, 2018
Really? Why the US is taking EG oil? Damn
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level 76
Dec 5, 2018
Equatoguineans? First time I've seen that word. Thank you, my new fact of the day.
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level 40
Jun 14, 2017
Gabon was a lucky guess from me, other than that, pretty happy with 100% score.
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level 57
Jun 14, 2017
Is the Seychelles anyone else's favorites national flag? Because it's mine.
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level 68
Dec 5, 2018
I got it cause my sister Sue sells sea shells by the sea shore there.
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level 46
Dec 10, 2018
she sells sea shells by the seashore in the seychelles
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level 23
Jun 14, 2017
Since I saw Seychelles on the flag, along with it I guessed Mauritius, Cape Verde, Comoros and Sao Tome. I got 2 out of 4 correct.
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level 57
Jun 14, 2017
Very tough quiz. I only got 4. I thought Libya and Cape Verde were quite poor.
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level 79
Jun 14, 2017
It's more of an indictment of the rest of the continent than anything praise worthy they are doing. The only country in the entirety of the Americas or Europe that is appreciably worse is Haiti. So think of all the problems in El Salvador or Bolivia or Moldova and you'll get a picture of what it's like in one of the better places in Africa.
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level 65
Jun 14, 2017
I'm always surprised how Rwanda doesn't show up on these lists. From what I've just studied online, everything seems to be going rather smoothly over there.
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level 64
Oct 4, 2018
You're right but it takes years to be in that rankings.
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level 41
Dec 22, 2018
Yes I tried Rwanda too for the same reason, I’ve heard lots about its progress
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level 66
Oct 4, 2018
Amazing that Libya makes the list considering they don't even have a single government with control over the whole country. Also, there are parts of Spain, Portugal and Italy in the African continent. Shouldn't they feature on the list?
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level 66
Oct 4, 2018
where would Italy have parts in Africa?!?
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level 64
Oct 15, 2018
While Italy is ofc wrong, I really love CardinalSin's mocking of the ambigous title. :-D
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level 77
Dec 2, 2018
Making a top 10 list of high HDI in Africa is a very low bar to clear. That's really the only reason.
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level 52
Dec 5, 2018
Why is Libya on the list, they don't even control most of their country
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level 77
Dec 5, 2018
High life expectancy, high income, and high standards of education compared to the rest of the continent. Libya is not doing so well right now, but Tripoli losing control over parts of the country isn't going to have an immediate impact on those three things, and when your competition is Niger and Burundi, well...
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level 65
Dec 5, 2018
I don't know if it tells anything about HDI, but from what I've understood, you can quite comfortably shop in stores like M&S and H&M nowadays in Tripoli.
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level 65
Dec 5, 2018
Also what I've heard, the majority of university students in Libya are female. Still not directly about HDI but I think that's sign of a developed country.
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level 77
Dec 5, 2018
To your last comment: maybe. It could also be a sign that they were lagging behind in gender equality and only recently has the gap started narrowing and they're still in a period of catching up. I think that's at least part of the reason why female university enrollment in Saudi Arabia is presently so high. And the fact that there are more women currently studying to be doctors there than men may at first seem to point toward a progressive society until you realize that the reason why demand for female doctors is so high is because of a backward sex-segregated culture that makes it impossible for male doctors to treat female patients, creating a situation where healthcare for women is extremely inadequate.
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level 77
Apr 6, 2019
^anyway my point was be careful when looking at a single data point that paints a very narrow and misleading picture. Same thing happens in the USA when they look at the difference in mean wages between men and women, when American women are some of the most privileged people on the planet.
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level 57
Dec 5, 2018
Basically, stick to the far North, far South, Eastern Islands and Gabon (which is in the middle of the likes of DRC, CAR, Cameroon and Nigeria..
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level 52
Dec 5, 2018
Given the recent tourism boom in Cape Verde, it may make this list soon.
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level 35
Dec 10, 2018
Didn't expect Libya, let alone for it to be higher than South Africa.
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level 43
Feb 16, 2019
SA is probably in worse shape than Libya because of its nativist policies attacking the rich educated white minorities.
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level 49
May 25, 2019
Try the northern countries bordering the Mediterranean, the islands in the Indian Ocean, and the oil-producing countries with small populations. Then try southern countries and countries where they are trying to fight corruption. That gets the five northern countries, Seychelles and Mauritius, Gabon, Soputh Africa, and Botswana. That would leave you typing the 'extra' countries of Comoros, Equatorial Guinea, Namibia, and Rwanda, all of which are close in the rankings and would in some years be in the top ten.