2 Regions There are 9 geographical regions. 2 are considered more development: North America and Europe.Latin America, East Asia, Central Asia, West Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia are all less developed.Reflects a global pattern.
4 North America: 0.95 2009: Ranked 13th Near the top for GDP and literacy rateLower in education and life expectancy.What factors contribute to this?N.A. highest percentage of tertiary sector employees.World’s leading food exporter.
5 Europe 0.93Elimination of economic barriers has made it the largest and richest market.Highest areas: western Germany, northeastern France, northern Italy, Switzerland, southern Scandanavia, southeastern U.K., Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg.Southern and Eastern Europe are what brings the HDI of Europe below that of North America.
6 Russia 0.73Communism caused economic instability and a sharp decline in HDI.In 2000 they experienced economic growth fueled by production of oil.
7 Japan 0.96A 3rd area of high HDI despite having a high ratio of population to resources.Asset: high number of people willing to work hard for low wages.Gained their foothold in the world economy selling low cost products, they began manufacturing high quality, high value products.
8 Oceania 0.90 Have access to important minerals and food. Their economies are tied to Japan and other Asian countries.