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UNDP Human Development Index (HDI)

Full name:
UNDP Human Development Index (HDI)
Type of measure:
Population-weighted country group average, Index
Data source:
European Health for All database
Data source notes:
The following abbreviations are used in the indicator titles:
•    SDR: age-standardized death rates (see HFA-DB user manual/Technical notes, page 13, for details)
•    FTE: full-time equivalent
•    PP: physical persons
•    PPP$: purchasing power parities expressed in US $, an internationally comparable scale reflecting the relative domestic purchasing powers of currencies.

Indicator notes:
UNDP Human Development Index (HDI)
Indicator code: E998008.T

The Human Development Index (HDI) is a summary measure of human development. It measures the average achievements in a country in three basic dimensions of human development: a long and healthy life, access to knowledge and a decent standard of living. The HDI is the geometric mean of normalized indices measuring achievements in each dimension.

For details on how index calculated, see latest UNDP Human Development Report, available from

Source: UNDP.

Note: In its 2010 Human Development Report the UNDP began using a new method of calculating the HDI. Old and new values are not comparable. In the July 2011 update of the HFA database, all historic values were replaced by values obtained using new methodology.