Most Developed Countries In Africa 2020

A developed country is defined as a sovereign state that, compared to other nations, has a developed economy and technologically advanced infrastructure.

Every year, the United Nations Development Program releases a report that outlines indices and indicators of human development. The report gives an overview of the state of development around the world and identifies improvements in nations, including those that are developing or developed. In order to determine if a country is developed, the United Nations Development Program uses the Human Development Index (HDI).

HDI is quantified by looking at a country’s human development such as healthcare, education, and life expectancy. HDI is set on a scale that ranges from 0 to 1, with four different classifications of low human developed (0-.55), medium human development (.55-.70), high human development (.70-80), and very high human development (.80-1.0).

Most developed countries have a score of at least .80 and are considered to be “very high human development.”

None of Africa’s 54 countries are considered to have “very high human development,” or no HDI scores of .80 or above. There are seven countries that have “high human development”:

  1. Seychelles (.797)
  2. Mauritius (.79)
  3. Algeria (.754)
  4. Tunisia (.735)
  5. Botswana (.717)
  6. Libya (.706)
  7. Gabon (.702)

Seychelles is Africa’s most developed country with an HDI of .797, just short of the “very high human development” threshold. Seychelles is ranked 62 in HDI rankings and has a life expectancy of 73.7 years. The country’s economic growth is mainly driven by tourism, and the GDP has increased nearly sevenfold since 1976.

Algeria has an HGI score of .754 and is the third most developed country in Africa. Algeria currently has the highest life expectancy of all African countries of 76.3 years.

Despite the progress that Africa has been making in terms of life expectancy and economy, many countries still face issues such as poverty, inequality, and conflict.

Below is each African country’s Human Development Index score.

Most Developed Countries In Africa 2020

Country Human Development Index Population 2020
Norway0.9535,421,241
Switzerland0.9448,654,622
Australia0.93925,499,884
Ireland0.9384,937,786
Germany0.93683,783,942
Iceland0.935341,243
Hong Kong0.9337,496,981
Sweden0.93310,099,265
Singapore0.9325,850,342
Netherlands0.93117,134,872
Denmark0.9295,792,202
Canada0.92637,742,154
United States0.924331,002,651
United Kingdom0.92267,886,011
Finland0.925,540,720
New Zealand0.9174,822,233
Liechtenstein0.91638,128
Belgium0.91611,589,623
Japan0.909126,476,461
Austria0.9089,006,398
Luxembourg0.904625,978
Israel0.9038,655,535
South Korea0.90351,269,185
France0.90165,273,511
Slovenia0.8962,078,938
Spain0.89146,754,778
Czech Republic0.88810,708,981
Italy0.8860,461,826
Malta0.878441,543
Estonia0.8711,326,535
Greece0.8710,423,054
Cyprus0.8691,207,359
Poland0.86537,846,611
United Arab Emirates0.8639,890,402
Andorra0.85877,265
Lithuania0.8582,722,289
Qatar0.8562,881,053
Slovakia0.8555,459,642
Brunei0.853437,479
Saudi Arabia0.85334,813,871
Latvia0.8471,886,198
Portugal0.84710,196,709
Bahrain0.8461,701,575
Chile0.84319,116,201
Hungary0.8389,660,351
Croatia0.8314,105,267
Argentina0.82545,195,774
Oman0.8215,106,626
Russia0.816145,934,462
Montenegro0.814628,066
Bulgaria0.8136,948,445
Romania0.81119,237,691
Belarus0.8089,449,323
Bahamas0.807393,244
Uruguay0.8043,473,730
Kuwait0.8034,270,571
Malaysia0.80232,365,999
Barbados0.8287,375
Kazakhstan0.818,776,707
Palau0.79818,094
Iran0.79883,992,949
Seychelles0.79798,347
Costa Rica0.7945,094,118
Turkey0.79184,339,067
Mauritius0.791,271,768
Panama0.7894,314,767
Serbia0.7878,737,371
Albania0.7852,877,797
Trinidad And Tobago0.7841,399,488
Antigua And Barbuda0.7897,929
Georgia0.783,989,167
Saint Kitts And Nevis0.77853,199
Cuba0.77711,326,616
Mexico0.774128,932,753
Grenada0.772112,523
Sri Lanka0.7721,413,249
Bosnia And Herzegovina0.7683,280,819
Brazil0.759212,559,417
Lebanon0.7576,825,445
Azerbaijan0.75710,139,177
Armenia0.7552,963,243
Thailand0.75569,799,978
Algeria0.75443,851,044
Ecuador0.75217,643,054
China0.7521,439,323,776
Ukraine0.75143,733,762
Peru0.7532,971,854
Saint Lucia0.747183,627
Colombia0.74750,882,891
Fiji0.741896,445
Mongolia0.7413,278,290
Dominican Republic0.73610,847,910
Jordan0.73510,203,134
Tunisia0.73511,818,619
Jamaica0.7322,961,167
Tonga0.726105,695
Saint Vincent And The Grenadines0.723110,940
Suriname0.72586,632
Maldives0.717540,544
Botswana0.7172,351,627
Dominica0.71571,986
Samoa0.713198,414
Uzbekistan0.7133,469,203
Marshall Islands0.70859,190
Belize0.708397,628
Turkmenistan0.7066,031,200
Libya0.7066,871,292
Gabon0.7022,225,734
Paraguay0.7027,132,538
Moldova0.74,033,963
South Africa0.69959,308,690
Philippines0.699109,581,078
Egypt0.696102,334,404
Indonesia0.694273,523,615
Bolivia0.69311,673,021
Palestine0.6865,101,414
Iraq0.68540,222,493
El Salvador0.6746,486,205
Kyrgyzstan0.6726,524,195
Morocco0.66736,910,560
Nicaragua0.6586,624,554
Cape Verde0.654555,987
Guyana0.654786,552
Tajikistan0.659,537,645
Guatemala0.6517,915,568
Namibia0.6472,540,905
India0.641,380,004,385
Micronesia0.627115,023
Timor Leste0.6251,318,445
Honduras0.6179,904,607
Kiribati0.612119,449
Bhutan0.612771,608
Bangladesh0.608164,689,383
Republic Of The Congo0.6065,518,087
Vanuatu0.603307,145
Laos0.6017,275,560
Ghana0.59231,072,940
Equatorial Guinea0.5911,402,985
Kenya0.5953,771,296
Sao Tome And Principe0.589219,159
Swaziland0.5881,160,164
Zambia0.58818,383,955
Cambodia0.58216,718,965
Angola0.58132,866,272
Myanmar0.57854,409,800
Nepal0.57429,136,808
Pakistan0.562220,892,340
Cameroon0.55626,545,863
Solomon Islands0.546686,884
Papua New Guinea0.5448,947,024
Tanzania0.53859,734,218
Syria0.53617,500,658
Zimbabwe0.53514,862,924
Nigeria0.532206,139,589
Rwanda0.52412,952,218
Lesotho0.522,142,249
Mauritania0.524,649,658
Madagascar0.51927,691,018
Uganda0.51645,741,007
Benin0.51512,123,200
Senegal0.50516,743,927
Comoros0.503869,601
Togo0.5038,278,724
Sudan0.50243,849,260
Haiti0.49811,402,528
Afghanistan0.49838,928,346
Ivory Coast0.49226,378,274
Malawi0.47719,129,952
Djibouti0.476988,000
Ethiopia0.463114,963,588
Gambia0.462,416,668
Guinea0.45913,132,795
Dr Congo0.45789,561,403
Guinea Bissau0.4551,968,001
Yemen0.45229,825,964
Eritrea0.443,546,421
Mozambique0.43731,255,435
Liberia0.4355,057,681
Mali0.42720,250,833
Burkina Faso0.42320,903,273
Sierra Leone0.4197,976,983
Burundi0.41711,890,784
Chad0.40416,425,864
South Sudan0.38811,193,725
Central African Republic0.3674,829,767
Niger0.35424,206,644