Developed Countries List 2022

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A developed country is a sovereign state with a mature economy and technologically advanced infrastructure compared to other nations. Several factors determine whether or not a country is developed, such as its political stability, gross domestic product (GDP), level of industrialization, social welfare programs, infrastructure, and the freedoms its citizens enjoy. Countries that are not quite yet developed are called developing countries.

The Human Development Index was developed by the United Nations to measure human development in a country. HDI is quantified by looking at a country's human development, such as education, health, and life expectancy. HDI is set on a scale from 0 to 1, and most developed countries have a score above .80. HDI can be used to determine the best countries to live in, as more developed countries typically offer their residents a higher quality of life.

Because there are so many factors to consider, defining what countries are developed can be a challenge. Moreover, it's possible for a country to be developed in the view of one institution, but not in the eyes of another.

For example, the United Nations classifies Turkey as a developed country thanks to its HDI of .807. The CIA World Factbook, G-20, and several other international organizations all agree. However, organizations including Dow Jones and the Financial Times Stock Exchange Group (FTSE) classify Turkey as still developing. This is likely due to factors such as Turkey's slightly elevated infant mortality rate (12 per 1,000) and its citizens' comparatively low life expectancy (75 years).

Released in December 2020, the United Nations Human Development Report 2020 ranks each country in the world based on its HDI ranking. For 2020, the top 10 most developed countries (and their HDI scores) were:

1 - Norway
2 - Ireland (tie)
2 - Switzerland (tie)
4 - Iceland (tie)
4 - Hong Kong, China (SAR)(tie)
6 - Germany
7 - Sweden
8 - Australia (tie)
8 - Netherlands (tie)
10 - Denmark

For the full HDI 2020 list, including the United States, Russia, China, and the United Kingdom, see below (any score .80 or higher is developed, and anything lower is developing).

Developed Countries List 2022

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Developed Countries List 2022

Rank Country Human Development Index 2019 2022 Population
1Norway0.9575,434,319
2Switzerland0.9558,740,472
3Ireland0.9555,023,109
4Hong Kong0.9497,488,865
5Iceland0.949372,899
6Germany0.94783,369,843
7Sweden0.94510,549,347
8Australia0.94426,177,413
9Netherlands0.94417,564,014
10Denmark0.945,882,261
11Singapore0.9385,975,689
12Finland0.9385,540,745
13United Kingdom0.93267,508,936
14Belgium0.93111,655,930
15New Zealand0.9315,185,288
16Canada0.92938,454,327
17United States0.926338,289,857
18Austria0.9228,939,617
19Japan0.919123,951,692
20Israel0.9199,038,309
21Liechtenstein0.91939,327
22Slovenia0.9172,119,844
23South Korea0.91651,815,810
24Luxembourg0.916647,599
25Spain0.90447,558,630
26France0.90164,626,628
27Malta0.895533,286
28Italy0.89259,037,474
29Estonia0.8921,326,062
30United Arab Emirates0.899,441,129
31Greece0.88810,384,971
32Cyprus0.8871,251,488
33Lithuania0.8822,750,055
34Poland0.8839,857,145
35Andorra0.86879,824
36Latvia0.8661,850,651
37Portugal0.86410,270,865
38Slovakia0.865,643,453
39Saudi Arabia0.85436,408,820
40Hungary0.8549,967,308
41Bahrain0.8521,472,233
42Chile0.85119,603,733
43Croatia0.8514,030,358
44Qatar0.8482,695,122
45Argentina0.84545,510,318
46Montenegro0.829627,082
47Romania0.82819,659,267
48Palau0.82618,055
49Kazakhstan0.82519,397,998
50Russia0.824144,713,314
51Belarus0.8239,534,954
52Turkey0.8285,341,241
53Uruguay0.8173,422,794
54Bulgaria0.8166,781,953
55Panama0.8154,408,581
56Bahamas0.814409,984
57Barbados0.814281,635
58Oman0.8134,576,298
59Georgia0.8123,744,385
60Malaysia0.8133,938,221
61Costa Rica0.815,180,829
62Serbia0.8067,221,365
63Kuwait0.8064,268,873
64Mauritius0.8041,299,469
65Trinidad and Tobago0.7961,531,044
66Seychelles0.796107,118
67Albania0.7952,842,321
68Iran0.78388,550,570
69Cuba0.78311,212,191
70Sri Lanka0.78221,832,143
71Bosnia and Herzegovina0.783,233,526
72Mexico0.779127,504,125
73Ukraine0.77939,701,739
74Grenada0.779125,438
75Saint Kitts and Nevis0.77947,657
76Antigua and Barbuda0.77893,763
77Thailand0.77771,697,030
78Peru0.77734,049,588
79Armenia0.7762,780,469
80North Macedonia0.7742,093,599
81Colombia0.76751,874,024
82Brazil0.765215,313,498
83China0.7611,425,887,337
84Ecuador0.75918,001,000
85Saint Lucia0.759179,857
86Dominican Republic0.75611,228,821
87Azerbaijan0.75610,358,074
88Moldova0.753,272,996
89Algeria0.74844,903,225
90Lebanon0.7445,489,739
91Fiji0.743929,766
92Dominica0.74272,737
93Tunisia0.7412,356,117
94Maldives0.74523,787
95Suriname0.738618,040
96Saint Vincent and the Grenadines0.738103,948
97Mongolia0.7373,398,366
98Botswana0.7352,630,296
99Jamaica0.7342,827,377
100Jordan0.72911,285,869
101Paraguay0.7286,780,744
102Tonga0.725106,858
103Libya0.7246,812,341
104Uzbekistan0.7234,627,652
105Indonesia0.718275,501,339
106Philippines0.718115,559,009
107Bolivia0.71812,224,110
108Belize0.716405,272
109Turkmenistan0.7156,430,770
110Samoa0.715222,382
111Venezuela0.71128,301,696
112South Africa0.70959,893,885
113Palestine0.7085,250,072
114Egypt0.707110,990,103
115Vietnam0.70498,186,856
116Marshall Islands0.70441,569
117Gabon0.7032,388,992
118Kyrgyzstan0.6976,630,623
119Morocco0.68637,457,971
120Guyana0.682808,726
121Iraq0.67444,496,122
122El Salvador0.6736,336,392
123Tajikistan0.6689,952,787
124Guatemala0.66317,843,908
125Nicaragua0.666,948,392
126Bhutan0.654782,455
127Namibia0.6462,567,012
128India0.6451,417,173,173
129Honduras0.63410,432,860
130Bangladesh0.632171,186,372
131Kiribati0.63131,232
132Sao Tome and Principe0.625227,380
133Micronesia0.62114,164
134Laos0.6137,529,475
135Ghana0.61133,475,870
136Eswatini0.6111,201,670
137Vanuatu0.609326,740
138Timor Leste0.6061,341,296
139Nepal0.60230,547,580
140Kenya0.60154,027,487
141Cambodia0.59416,767,842
142Equatorial Guinea0.5921,674,908
143Zambia0.58420,017,675
144Myanmar0.58354,179,306
145Angola0.58135,588,987
146Republic of the Congo0.5745,970,424
147Zimbabwe0.57116,320,537
148Syria0.56722,125,249
149Solomon Islands0.567724,273
150Cameroon0.56327,914,536
151Pakistan0.557235,824,862
152Papua New Guinea0.55510,142,619
153Comoros0.554836,774
154Mauritania0.5464,736,139
155Benin0.54513,352,864
156Uganda0.54447,249,585
157Rwanda0.54313,776,698
158Nigeria0.539218,541,212
159Ivory Coast0.53828,160,542
160Tanzania0.52965,497,748
161Madagascar0.52829,611,714
162Lesotho0.5272,305,825
163Djibouti0.5241,120,849
164Togo0.5158,848,699
165Senegal0.51217,316,449
166Afghanistan0.51141,128,771
167Sudan0.5146,874,204
168Haiti0.5111,584,996
169Gambia0.4962,705,992
170Ethiopia0.485123,379,924
171Malawi0.48320,405,317
172DR Congo0.4899,010,212
173Liberia0.485,302,681
174Guinea Bissau0.482,105,566
175Guinea0.47713,859,341
176Yemen0.4733,696,614
177Eritrea0.4593,684,032
178Mozambique0.45632,969,518
179Burkina Faso0.45222,673,762
180Sierra Leone0.4528,605,718
181Mali0.43422,593,590
182Burundi0.43312,889,576
183South Sudan0.43310,913,164
184Chad0.39817,723,315
185Central African Republic0.3975,579,144
186Niger0.39426,207,977

Developed Countries List 2022

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