Subnational Human Development

Our Subnational Human Development Index (SHDI) and Subnational Gender Development Index (SGDI) are a translation of the UNDP’s official HDI and GDI ( to the subnational level.

The SHDI is an average of the subnational values of three dimensions: education, health and standard of living.

Map visualisations

Our world maps allow the visualization of any indicator across all countries for which data is available at a given point in time. Subnational indices can also be displayed on the map showing differences within countries.


Our bubble charts allow the joint visualization of three indicators of development at the national or subnational level while simultaneously highlighting differences across continents at any given point in time.

Data tables

We provide easy to navigate data tables displaying the indicator information in a grid-like format of rows and columns. Information is available along three dimensions: (i) country, (ii) time, and (iii) choice of indicator(s).


To download our data tables in Excel or CSV format, a free-of-charge registration with GDL is necessary. Registration takes less than 5 minutes. Sub-samples as well as complete datasets can be downloaded.

How to cite us

For data retrieved from the Subnational HDI Database, please refer to both the data and the accompanying paper: