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The Gini coefficient is a measure of statistical dispersion most prominently used as a measure of inequality of income distribution or inequality of wealth distribution. The lower the number the more equitable the distribution of income in a country.

The list below was obtained from the United Nations Development Programme. The United States, with a 2007/2008 Gini index of 40.8, has the highest score (least equitable distribution of income) of any major industrialized nation. See also: Wikipedia's List of countries by income inequality.

Country Gini Index
Denmark 24.7
Japan 24.9
Sweden 25
Czech Republic 25.4
Norway 25.8
Slovakia 25.8
Bosnia and Herzegovina 26.2
Finland 26.9
Hungary 26.9
Ukraine 28.1
Germany 28.3
Slovenia 28.4
Croatia 29
Austria 29.1
Bulgaria 29.2
Belarus 29.7
Ethiopia 30
Kyrgyzstan 30.3
Pakistan 30.6
Netherlands 30.9
Romania 31
Albania 31.1
Korea (Republic of) 31.6
Canada 32.6
Tajikistan 32.6
France 32.7
Mongolia 32.8
Belgium 33
Moldova 33.2
Bangladesh 33.4
Yemen 33.4
Switzerland 33.7
Armenia 33.8
Kazakhstan 33.9
Ireland 34.3
Greece 34.3
Indonesia 34.3
Viet Nam 34.4
Egypt 34.4
Poland 34.5
Lao People's Democratic Republic 34.6
Tanzania (United Republic of) 34.6
Spain 34.7
Australia 35.2
Algeria 35.3
Estonia 35.8
United Kingdom 36
Italy 36
Lithuania 36
New Zealand 36.2
Azerbaijan 36.5
Benin 36.5
Uzbekistan 36.8
India 36.8
Latvia 37.7
Portugal 38.5
Guinea 38.6
Jordan 38.8
Trinidad and Tobago 38.9
Macedonia (TFYR) 39
Mauritania 39
Malawi 39
Israel 39.2
Morocco 39.5
Burkina Faso 39.5
Tunisia 39.8
Russian Federation 39.9
Mali 40.1
Sri Lanka 40.2
Georgia 40.4
United States 40.8
Turkmenistan 40.8
Ghana 40.8
Senegal 41.3
Cambodia 41.7
Thailand 42
Burundi 42.4
Singapore 42.5
Kenya 42.5
Iran (Islamic Republic of) 43
Nicaragua 43.1
Hong Kong, China (SAR) 43.4
Turkey 43.6
Nigeria 43.7
Philippines 44.5
Cameroon 44.6
Côte d'Ivoire 44.6
Uruguay 44.9
Jamaica 45.5
Uganda 45.7
Mexico 46.1
Rwanda 46.8
China 46.9
Guinea-Bissau 47
Nepal 47.2
Mozambique 47.3
Madagascar 47.5
Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of) 48.2
Malaysia 49.2
Costa Rica 49.8
Zimbabwe 50.1
Gambia 50.2
Swaziland 50.4
Niger 50.5
Zambia 50.8
Papua New Guinea 50.9
Argentina 51.3
Dominican Republic 51.6
Peru 52
El Salvador 52.4
Ecuador 53.6
Honduras 53.8
Chile 54.9
Guatemala 55.1
Panama 56.1
Brazil 57
South Africa 57.8
Paraguay 58.4
Colombia 58.6
Haiti 59.2
Bolivia 60.1
Botswana 60.5
Central African Republic 61.3
Sierra Leone 62.9
Lesotho 63.2
Namibia 74.3
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