South Africa: Human development

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 South Africa

Human Development Index (0 - 1)

 Latest value 0.713
 Year 2021
 Measure points
 Data availability 1980 - 2021
 Average 0.653
 Min - Max 0.569 - 0.713
 Source The United Nations
For that indicator, we provide data for South Africa from 1980 to 2021. The average value for South Africa during that period was 0.653 points with a minimum of 0.569 points in 1980 and a maximum of 0.713 points in 2021. The latest value from 2021 is 0.713 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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South Africa - Human development - Recent values chart

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South Africa - Human development - historical chart - 1980-2021

The Human Development Index for South Africa 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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