Human Development Index
Each year, the United Nations Development Report evaluates each nation-state’s level of development in several categories. Using statistical methods, these category scores are then converted into a numerical index score for each nation-state. The category scores inform each nation-state of its areas promoting human development, and its areas inhibiting human development. All nation-states are listed from highest index scores (highest levels of human development) to lowest.
Quality of life, and the relative degree of flourishing (human development) of its citizens, may be presumed from each nation-state’s index score.