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What is South Africa’s Human Development Index?

The Human Development Index (HDI) is a summary measure for assessing long-term progress in three basic dimensions of human development: a long and healthy life, access to knowledge and a decent standard of living. Long and healthy life is measured by life expectancy.

South Africa’s HDI value for 2021 is 0.713— which puts the country in the high human development category—positioning it at 109th out of 191 countries and territories.

Between 1990 and 2019, South Africa’s HDI value increased from 0.627 to 0.709, an increase of 13.1%.

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