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Human Development Index (HDI)
2007/2008


Human Development Index is a tool developed by UNDP to illustrate the total life quality in a country. Factors like GDP per capita, life expectancy, enrollment rate and adult literacy rate are used to create a value where 1.0 is the highest possible score. With the calculation methods used, a country cannot score 0.0. LookLex also include the Education index.
Factors like safety, climate and culture are not included, although they can have decisive impact on the quality of life felt by the inhabitants of a country.
Altogether 177 countries were included in the measuring this year. Among the 10 top countries, 6 were European. The other countries were Australia, United States, Canada and Japan. Among the 10 bottom countries, all were African.
Countries with an index above 0.8 are called "High human development", countries with indexes between 0.799 and 0.5 are called "Medium human development", while countries below 0.5 are called "Low human development".

MENA rank World rank Score (1.000 max)
1. Israel 24. 0.930
2. Kuwait 29. 0.912
3. United Arab Emirates 31. 0.903
4. Bahrain 32. 0.902
5. Qatar 34. 0.899
6. Libya 52. 0.840
7. Oman 53. 0.839
8. Saudi Arabia 55. 0.835
9. Turkey 76. 0.798
10. Lebanon 78. 0.774
11. Iran 84. 0.777
12. Jordan 90. 0.769
13. Tunisia 95. 0.762
14. Algeria 100. 0.748
15. Syria 105. 0.736
16. Palestine 106. 0.731
17. Egypt 116. 0.716
18. Morocco 127. 0.646
(19.) *) Iraq (130.) 0.567
20. Yemen 138. 0.567
21. Mauritania 140. 0.557
22. Sudan 146. 0.526
*) Iraq was not included on the list, its listing here is the last ranking early 2000's.

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