Worst Countries To Live In 2020

Not all countries have favorable living conditions. Generally speaking, humans want to live in countries with developed economies, job opportunities, strong health care systems, education, and national security. These are general traits of a developed country.

In order to determine which countries are “developed countries,” the Human Development Index (HDI) was developed by the United Nations. The Human Development Index is quantified by looking at a country’s human development factors such as life expectancy, per capita income, and education. HDI is scaled from zero to 1.0, with most developed countries having a score of .80 or above. The Human Development Index is divided into four tiers: low human development (0-.55), medium human development (.55-.70), high human development (.70-80), and very high human development (.80-1.0).

There are currently 59 countries in the “very high human development” group. Countries with very high human development have widespread education, healthcare, strong economies, long life expectancy, and stable governments. These are considered to be the most livable countries in the world and include Norway, Australia, Canada, and the United States.

Countries in the “high human development” tier have HDI scores between .70 and .80. These countries have similar characteristics of “very high human development,” but often have per capita income or life expectancy that doesn’t quite make the threshold. These countries are either developing or developed countries. These countries include Mexico, Iran, Turkey, and Costa Rica.

“Medium human development” countries have HDI scores between .55 and .70 and “low human development” countries have scores below .55. These countries tend to have underdeveloped economies that lead to widespread poverty, poor education or lack of education, and lower life expectancies. “Medium human development” countries are also known as “developing countries” or “undeveloped countries,” while “low human development” countries are “least developed countries.” LDCs have exclusive access to international support measures such as trade, development cooperation, and support for participation in international processes and the United Nations. LDCs are given this access to help them grow and stabilize to boost themselves out of the category.

While these least developed countries are given resources and aid to help them develop, they are still experiencing unstable governments, poor economies, disease, conflict, and other widespread issues that place them among the worst countries to live in.

The five worst countries to live in in the world are Niger, the Central African Republic, South Sudan, Chad, and Burundi.

Based on HDI, Niger is the worst country to live in. Niger is a Sub-Saharan country with a population of 22.4 million people. Niger’s HDI is .354, with 44.1% of people living below the poverty line, facing malnutrition and the highest birth rate in the world of 7.4. Niger is also plagued by conflict, especially around its borders where armed groups have established bases and repeatedly attack Niger’s civilians and security forces.

The other four countries experience similar problems such as poverty, poor health, lack of education, child labor, and more. The Central African Republic is currently in the middle of a Civil War, which started in 2012, making the country unsafe to travel to, let alone live in. South Sudan and Burundi are also facing widespread conflict.

Worst Countries To Live In 2020

Country Human Development Index Population 2020
Niger0.35424,206,644
Central African Republic0.3674,829,767
South Sudan0.38811,193,725
Chad0.40416,425,864
Burundi0.41711,890,784
Sierra Leone0.4197,976,983
Burkina Faso0.42320,903,273
Mali0.42720,250,833
Liberia0.4355,057,681
Mozambique0.43731,255,435
Eritrea0.443,546,421
Yemen0.45229,825,964
Guinea Bissau0.4551,968,001
Dr Congo0.45789,561,403
Guinea0.45913,132,795
Gambia0.462,416,668
Ethiopia0.463114,963,588
Djibouti0.476988,000
Malawi0.47719,129,952
Ivory Coast0.49226,378,274
Afghanistan0.49838,928,346
Haiti0.49811,402,528
Sudan0.50243,849,260
Togo0.5038,278,724
Comoros0.503869,601
Senegal0.50516,743,927
Benin0.51512,123,200
Uganda0.51645,741,007
Madagascar0.51927,691,018
Mauritania0.524,649,658
Lesotho0.522,142,249
Rwanda0.52412,952,218
Nigeria0.532206,139,589
Zimbabwe0.53514,862,924
Syria0.53617,500,658
Tanzania0.53859,734,218
Papua New Guinea0.5448,947,024
Solomon Islands0.546686,884
Cameroon0.55626,545,863
Pakistan0.562220,892,340
Nepal0.57429,136,808
Myanmar0.57854,409,800
Angola0.58132,866,272
Cambodia0.58216,718,965
Zambia0.58818,383,955
Swaziland0.5881,160,164
Sao Tome And Principe0.589219,159
Kenya0.5953,771,296
Equatorial Guinea0.5911,402,985
Ghana0.59231,072,940
Laos0.6017,275,560
Vanuatu0.603307,145
Republic Of The Congo0.6065,518,087
Bangladesh0.608164,689,383
Bhutan0.612771,608
Kiribati0.612119,449
Honduras0.6179,904,607
Timor Leste0.6251,318,445
Micronesia0.627115,023
India0.641,380,004,385
Namibia0.6472,540,905
Guatemala0.6517,915,568
Tajikistan0.659,537,645
Guyana0.654786,552
Cape Verde0.654555,987
Nicaragua0.6586,624,554
Morocco0.66736,910,560
Kyrgyzstan0.6726,524,195
El Salvador0.6746,486,205
Iraq0.68540,222,493
Palestine0.6865,101,414
Bolivia0.69311,673,021
Indonesia0.694273,523,615
Vietnam0.69497,338,579
Egypt0.696102,334,404
Philippines0.699109,581,078
South Africa0.69959,308,690
Moldova0.74,033,963
Paraguay0.7027,132,538
Gabon0.7022,225,734
Libya0.7066,871,292
Turkmenistan0.7066,031,200
Belize0.708397,628
Marshall Islands0.70859,190
Uzbekistan0.7133,469,203
Samoa0.713198,414
Dominica0.71571,986
Botswana0.7172,351,627
Maldives0.717540,544
Suriname0.72586,632
Saint Vincent And The Grenadines0.723110,940
Tonga0.726105,695
Jamaica0.7322,961,167
Tunisia0.73511,818,619
Jordan0.73510,203,134
Dominican Republic0.73610,847,910
Mongolia0.7413,278,290
Fiji0.741896,445
Colombia0.74750,882,891
Saint Lucia0.747183,627
Peru0.7532,971,854
Ukraine0.75143,733,762
China0.7521,439,323,776
Ecuador0.75217,643,054
Algeria0.75443,851,044
Thailand0.75569,799,978
Armenia0.7552,963,243
Azerbaijan0.75710,139,177
Lebanon0.7576,825,445
Macedonia0.7572,083,374
Brazil0.759212,559,417
Venezuela0.76128,435,940
Bosnia And Herzegovina0.7683,280,819
Sri Lanka0.7721,413,249
Grenada0.772112,523
Mexico0.774128,932,753
Cuba0.77711,326,616
Saint Kitts And Nevis0.77853,199
Georgia0.783,989,167
Antigua And Barbuda0.7897,929
Trinidad And Tobago0.7841,399,488
Albania0.7852,877,797
Serbia0.7878,737,371
Panama0.7894,314,767
Mauritius0.791,271,768
Turkey0.79184,339,067
Costa Rica0.7945,094,118
Seychelles0.79798,347
Iran0.79883,992,949
Palau0.79818,094
Kazakhstan0.818,776,707
Barbados0.8287,375
Malaysia0.80232,365,999
Kuwait0.8034,270,571
Uruguay0.8043,473,730
Bahamas0.807393,244
Belarus0.8089,449,323
Romania0.81119,237,691
Bulgaria0.8136,948,445
Montenegro0.814628,066
Russia0.816145,934,462
Oman0.8215,106,626
Argentina0.82545,195,774
Croatia0.8314,105,267
Hungary0.8389,660,351
Chile0.84319,116,201
Bahrain0.8461,701,575
Portugal0.84710,196,709
Latvia0.8471,886,198
Saudi Arabia0.85334,813,871
Brunei0.853437,479
Slovakia0.8555,459,642
Qatar0.8562,881,053
Lithuania0.8582,722,289
Andorra0.85877,265
United Arab Emirates0.8639,890,402
Poland0.86537,846,611
Cyprus0.8691,207,359
Greece0.8710,423,054
Estonia0.8711,326,535
Malta0.878441,543
Italy0.8860,461,826
Czech Republic0.88810,708,981
Spain0.89146,754,778
Slovenia0.8962,078,938
France0.90165,273,511
South Korea0.90351,269,185
Israel0.9038,655,535
Luxembourg0.904625,978
Austria0.9089,006,398
Japan0.909126,476,461
Belgium0.91611,589,623
Liechtenstein0.91638,128
New Zealand0.9174,822,233
Finland0.925,540,720
United Kingdom0.92267,886,011
United States0.924331,002,651
Canada0.92637,742,154
Denmark0.9295,792,202
Netherlands0.93117,134,872
Singapore0.9325,850,342
Sweden0.93310,099,265
Hong Kong0.9337,496,981
Iceland0.935341,243
Germany0.93683,783,942
Ireland0.9384,937,786
Australia0.93925,499,884
Switzerland0.9448,654,622
Norway0.9535,421,241