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

Country Human Development Index 2022 Population
Norway0.9575,511,370
Switzerland0.9558,773,637
Ireland0.9555,020,199
Hong Kong0.9497,604,299
Iceland0.949345,393
Germany0.94783,883,596
Sweden0.94510,218,971
Australia0.94426,068,792
Netherlands0.94417,211,447
Denmark0.945,834,950
Singapore0.9385,943,546
Finland0.9385,554,960
United Kingdom0.93268,497,907
Belgium0.93111,668,278
New Zealand0.9314,898,203
Canada0.92938,388,419
United States0.926334,805,269
Austria0.9229,066,710
Japan0.919125,584,838
Israel0.9198,922,892
Liechtenstein0.91938,387
Slovenia0.9172,078,034
South Korea0.91651,329,899
Luxembourg0.916642,371
Spain0.90446,719,142
France0.90165,584,518
Malta0.895444,033
Italy0.89260,262,770
Estonia0.8921,321,910
United Arab Emirates0.8910,081,785
Greece0.88810,316,637
Cyprus0.8871,223,387
Lithuania0.8822,661,708
Poland0.8837,739,785
Andorra0.86877,463
Latvia0.8661,848,837
Portugal0.86410,140,570
Slovakia0.865,460,193
Saudi Arabia0.85435,844,909
Hungary0.8549,606,259
Bahrain0.8521,783,983
Chile0.85119,250,195
Croatia0.8514,059,286
Qatar0.8482,979,915
Argentina0.84546,010,234
Montenegro0.829627,950
Romania0.82819,031,335
Palau0.82618,233
Kazakhstan0.82519,205,043
Russia0.824145,805,947
Belarus0.8239,432,800
Turkey0.8285,561,976
Uruguay0.8173,496,016
Bulgaria0.8166,844,597
Panama0.8154,446,964
Bahamas0.814400,516
Barbados0.814288,023
Oman0.8135,323,993
Georgia0.8123,968,738
Malaysia0.8133,181,072
Costa Rica0.815,182,354
Serbia0.8068,653,016
Kuwait0.8064,380,326
Mauritius0.8041,274,727
Trinidad And Tobago0.7961,406,585
Seychelles0.79699,426
Albania0.7952,866,374
Iran0.78386,022,837
Cuba0.78311,305,652
Sri Lanka0.78221,575,842
Bosnia And Herzegovina0.783,249,317
Mexico0.779131,562,772
Ukraine0.77943,192,122
Grenada0.779113,475
Saint Kitts And Nevis0.77953,871
Antigua And Barbuda0.77899,509
Thailand0.77770,078,203
Peru0.77733,684,208
Armenia0.7762,971,966
North Macedonia0.7742,081,304
Colombia0.76751,512,762
Brazil0.765215,353,593
China0.7611,448,471,400
Ecuador0.75918,113,361
Saint Lucia0.759185,113
Dominican Republic0.75611,056,370
Azerbaijan0.75610,300,205
Moldova0.754,013,171
Algeria0.74845,350,148
Lebanon0.7446,684,849
Fiji0.743909,466
Dominica0.74272,344
Tunisia0.7412,046,656
Maldives0.74540,985
Suriname0.738596,831
Saint Vincent And the Grenadines0.738111,551
Mongolia0.7373,378,078
Botswana0.7352,441,162
Jamaica0.7342,985,094
Jordan0.72910,300,869
Paraguay0.7287,305,843
Tonga0.725107,749
Libya0.7247,040,745
Uzbekistan0.7234,382,084
Indonesia0.718279,134,505
Philippines0.718112,508,994
Bolivia0.71811,992,656
Belize0.716412,190
Turkmenistan0.7156,201,943
Samoa0.715202,239
Venezuela0.71129,266,991
South Africa0.70960,756,135
Palestine0.7085,345,541
Egypt0.707106,156,692
Vietnam0.70498,953,541
Marshall Islands0.70460,057
Gabon0.7032,331,533
Kyrgyzstan0.6976,728,271
Morocco0.68637,772,756
Guyana0.682794,045
Iraq0.67442,164,965
El Salvador0.6736,550,389
Tajikistan0.6689,957,464
Guatemala0.66318,584,039
Nicaragua0.666,779,100
Bhutan0.654787,941
Namibia0.6462,633,874
India0.6451,406,631,776
Honduras0.63410,221,247
Bangladesh0.632167,885,689
Kiribati0.63123,419
Sao Tome And Principe0.625227,679
Micronesia0.62117,489
Laos0.6137,481,023
Ghana0.61132,395,450
Eswatini0.6111,184,817
Vanuatu0.609321,832
Timor Leste0.6061,369,429
Nepal0.60230,225,582
Kenya0.60156,215,221
Cambodia0.59417,168,639
Equatorial Guinea0.5921,496,662
Zambia0.58419,470,234
Myanmar0.58355,227,143
Angola0.58135,027,343
Republic of the Congo0.5745,797,805
Zimbabwe0.57115,331,428
Syria0.56719,364,809
Solomon Islands0.567721,159
Cameroon0.56327,911,548
Pakistan0.557229,488,994
Papua New Guinea0.5559,292,169
Comoros0.554907,419
Mauritania0.5464,901,981
Benin0.54512,784,726
Uganda0.54448,432,863
Rwanda0.54313,600,464
Nigeria0.539216,746,934
Ivory Coast0.53827,742,298
Tanzania0.52963,298,550
Madagascar0.52829,178,077
Lesotho0.5272,175,699
Djibouti0.5241,016,097
Togo0.5158,680,837
Senegal0.51217,653,671
Afghanistan0.51140,754,388
Sudan0.5145,992,020
Haiti0.5111,680,283
Gambia0.4962,558,482
Ethiopia0.485120,812,698
Malawi0.48320,180,839
DR Congo0.4895,240,792
Liberia0.485,305,117
Guinea Bissau0.482,063,367
Guinea0.47713,865,691
Yemen0.4731,154,867
Eritrea0.4593,662,244
Mozambique0.45633,089,461
Burkina Faso0.45222,102,838
Sierra Leone0.4528,306,436
Mali0.43421,473,764
Burundi0.43312,624,840
South Sudan0.43311,618,511
Chad0.39817,413,580
Central African Republic0.3975,016,678
Niger0.39426,083,660

Developed Countries List 2022

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