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  Australia, Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates
 


Human Development Index

The United Nations Human Development Index (HDI) is a comparative measure of three measurable dimensions of human development: living a long and healthy life; being educated; having a decent standard of living. These can be measured by looking at a country’s wealth, literacy, education, life expectancy and other factors for countries worldwide. Each year countries of the world are listed and ranked according to these measures. In 2005 177 countries were rated. How do the four countries rate?

Australia — 0.955 Rank = 3rd
Qatar — 0.849 Rank = 40th
UAE — 0.849 Rank = 41st
Kuwait — 0.844 Rank = 44th

All four are rated ‘high human development’.

Criterion   Aust   Kuwait   Qatar   UAE  
                   
Life expectancy at birth   80.3   76.9   72.8   78.0  
                   
Adult literacy rate   NA   82.9   89.2   77.3  
                   
Education enrolment ratio (%)   100   74   82   74  
                   
GDP per capita PPP US$   29, 632   18,047   19,844   22,420  
                   
Population below income poverty line   14.3   NA   NA   NA  
                   
Long-term unemployment   1.4   NA   NA   NA  
                   
Women in parliament (% total)   28.3   0   0   0  
                   
Female administrators and managers   35.5   NA   NA   7.8  
                   
Female professional and technical workers   55.1   NA   NA   25.1  
                   
Estimated female earned income PPPUS$   24827   8448   NA   NA  
                   
Ratio of female to male wages   0.72   0.35   NA   NA