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UNDP’s human development index: India ranks 132 out of 191 countries

United Nations Development Programme released a report on the 2021 Human Development Index (HDI) as part of the Human Development Report 2021-2022, measuring the average achievement of a country in three basic dimensions of human development — a long and healthy life, education and a decent standard of living. Human Development Index (HDI) includes four indicators — life expectancy at birth, mean years of schooling, expected years of schooling, and the Gross National Income (GNI) per capita.

UNDP’s human development index: India ranks 132

  • India ranked 132nd among 191 countries and territories in the 2021 Human Development Index (HDI).
  • In 2020, India ranked 131st among 189 countries and territories.
  • India’s neighbours, Sri Lanka (73rd), China (79th), Bangladesh (129th), and Bhutan (127th) are ranked above India.
  • On the other hand, Pakistan (161st), Nepal (143rd), and Myanmar (149th) are ranked below India.

2021 Human Development Index: Top 10

HDI rankCountry NameHDI Value 2021
1Switzerland0.962
2Norway0.961
3Iceland0.959
4Hong Kong, China (SAR)0.952
5Australia0.951
6Denmark0.948
7Sweden0.947
8Ireland0.945
9Germany0.942
10Netherlands0.941
21United States0.921
79China0.768
132India0.633

Human Development Index

  • The Human Development Index (HDI) is a statistic composite index of life expectancy, education and per capita income indicators, which is used to rank countries into four tiers of human development.
  • A country scores a higher level of HDI when the lifespan is higher, the education level is higher, and the gross national income GNI (PPP) per capita is higher.
  • The Human Development Index (HDI) was developed by Pakistani economist Mahbub ul Haq.

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