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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.
  • 2016 HDI Report
  • HDI measures life expectancy, income, and education
  • Quiz by nhweston1997 - Mar 27, 2017
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HDI
Population
Country
0.782
94.6 k
0.781
1.26 mil
0.745
40.4 mil
0.725
11.3 mil
0.716
6.39 mil
0.698
2.23 mil
0.697
1.81 mil
0.691
92.7 mil
0.666
55.9 mil
0.648
531 k
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(8)
Please Update. Libya? Seriously
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Jan 25, 2016
(16)
Libya has slipped slightly in score but it is nonetheless a relatively developed country in the region. Remember that HDI uses life expectancy, education, and GDP per capita.
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Apr 25, 2016
Libya has slipped quite a bit indeed. Their rank has fallen 35 places since 2010! But you can't take away education, and their life expectancy has remained high.
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Mar 27, 2017
(47)
I can just imagine what the life expectancy index in Libya must be with a civil war going on and isis having a local recruitment centre there. This info is just plain wrong.
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Jun 14, 2017
(70)
Bezz... it's not *that* bad. I know people who live there. And compared to the rest of Africa? The bar is set pretty low.
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Jun 17, 2017
(77)
You know things are pretty bad on a continent when Libya is a model of livability.
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Mar 29, 2017
(65)
Libya wasn't that bad at all before Gadaffi was overthrown, at least in terms of standards of living. Now it's an absolute hellhole.
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Jun 14, 2017
(44)
Libya wasn't "that bad"? No, certainly, it was way better than amuricuns are led to believe on the media. Probably the most stable economy in Africa, with the biggest gold reserves and a good welfare system as well. Then Clinton happened.
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Jun 15, 2017
(70)
It's still only really bad in pockets. I'd rather go to Libya than Somalia, Niger, or quite a few other places on the continent.
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Jun 17, 2017
(57)
So, why do the island nations have highest HDI? No nearby states to war with?
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Mar 27, 2017
(37)
No nearby wars + a good tourist industry + smaller population I guess
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Jun 19, 2017
Nearest misses: Morocco and Namibia.
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Mar 27, 2017
(66)
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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Mar 28, 2017
(44)
Zimbabwe, Zambia and Botswana are all former british colonies. What separates them is mostly that Botswana has diamonds. So just being a commonwealth country does nothing in itself.
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Jun 15, 2017
(45)
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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Mar 28, 2017
(48)
Continent, not a country
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Jun 14, 2017
(36)
what about equatorial guinea? PPP of $35K+
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Mar 28, 2017
(63)
A small amount of the people there control the wealth. It's mainly in the hands of the dictators family.
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Mar 28, 2017
(53)
The flag was a dead giveaway.
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Mar 28, 2017
(44)
I knew something was wrong when a little white stripe is running through a colored flag. Dead giveaway.
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Jun 15, 2017
(32)
I bet no one would have gotten Seychelles if the flag wasn't on the top ;))
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Mar 28, 2017
(66)
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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Apr 3, 2017
(54)
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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Jun 14, 2017
(71)
You typed the words right out of my mouth.
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Jun 15, 2017
(70)
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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Jun 14, 2017
(63)
Most Equatoguineans live in poverty. The oil money goes to US companies and the dictators family.
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Jun 14, 2017
(36)
Gabon was a lucky guess from me, other than that, pretty happy with 100% score.
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Jun 14, 2017
(55)
Is the Seychelles anyone else's favorites national flag? Because it's mine.
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Jun 14, 2017
(20)
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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Jun 14, 2017
(55)
Very tough quiz. I only got 4. I thought Libya and Cape Verde were quite poor.
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Jun 14, 2017
(66)
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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Jun 14, 2017
(57)
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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Jun 14, 2017
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