Human Development Index (HDI)

A measure of the standards of living, used to rank countries based on their level of human development. It takes into account three primary variables: the level of GDP per capita, (as an indication of income levels), literacy (as an indication of education levels), and life expectancy (as an indication of levels of health). Countries are placed into one of four categories based on their HDI ranking: “very high human development”, “high human development”, “medium human development” and “low human development”.

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