August 19, 2016

Finnish democracy and governance rank highly

With media independence a matter of course in Finland, its citizens’ access to government information was ranked the best of the 41 states assessed.
With media independence a matter of course in Finland, its citizens’ access to government information was ranked the best of the 41 states assessed.
Finland Promotion Board / Keksi / Riitta Supperi

The fifth edition of the Sustainable Governance Indicators (SGI) has deemed Finland’s current policies to be successfully ensuring its future viability.

Compiled by German Bertelsmann Foundation, the SGI assessed 41 highly developed states of the OECD and the European Union across the indexes of policy performance, democracy and governance.

In doing so, the SGI seeks to address one of the central social-policy questions facing these states at the outset of the 21st century: How can sustainable policy outcomes be achieved, ensuring that political decision-making targets long-term objectives?

Finland was ranked second in both the democracy and governance indexes, and was deemed to be, “a model democracy that has established a democratic basis for government reform, problem-solving and social improvement.”

Meanwhile, Finland came fifth in the Policy Performance Index, which addresses the sustainability dimensions of economic development, environmental protection and social policies.

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