The European regional Human Development and Human Poverty Indices
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This Regional Focus analyses the regional Human Development Index (HDI) and Human Poverty Index (HPI) as published in the Fifth Cohesion Report (EC 2010). They are based on a slight variation of the methodology developed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
This Regional Focus shows that a high level of human development is no guarantee of a low level of human poverty or vice versa. Several regions in the UK, Spain, France, Belgium and Italy combine a high level of human development with a high level of human poverty. Estonia, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland show that a low level of human development can still be combined with a low level of human poverty. The three Nordic Member States as well as Germany, Austria and the Netherlands are most successful at combining a high level of human development with a low level of human poverty. Many regions in Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece, Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary scored poorly on both indices.