New Zealand: Human development

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 New Zealand

Human Development Index (0 - 1)

 Latest value 0.937
 Year 2021
 Measure points
 Data availability 1980 - 2021
 Average 0.882
 Min - Max 0.793 - 0.937
 Source The United Nations
For that indicator, we provide data for New Zealand from 1980 to 2021. The average value for New Zealand during that period was 0.882 points with a minimum of 0.793 points in 1980 and a maximum of 0.937 points in 2021. The latest value from 2021 is 0.937 points. For comparison, the world average in 2021 based on 184 countries is 0.724 points. See the global rankings for that indicator or use the country comparator to compare trends over time.
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New Zealand - Human development - Recent values chart

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New Zealand - Human development - historical chart - 1980-2021




The Human Development Index for New Zealand published by the United Nations is a composite measure including life expectancy, educational attainment, and income level. It aims to measure not only incomes but life quality as well.
Definition: The Human Development Index measures three basic dimensions of human development: long and healthy life, knowledge, and a decent standard of living. Four indicators are used to calculate the index: life expectancy at birth, mean years of schooling, expected years of schooling, and gross national income per capita.


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 Happiness index 6.98 2023 points
 Human development 0.937 2021 points
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 Land area 263,310 2021 sq. km
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