July 18, 2014

Finland is the world’s least fragile country

Finland ranked last in the The Fragile States Index, making it the least fragile country in the world.
Finland ranked last in the The Fragile States Index, making it the least fragile country in the world.
RITVA SILTALAHTI / LEHTIKUVA

Finland has placed last in The Fragile States Index, which rates nations based on their brittleness through factors of risk. The indicators used by the list compiled by the Fund for Peace include demographic pressures, human flight, economic decline, and public services, among others.

According to the Fragile States Index, the world’s least fragile countries are:

(In reverse order from the bottom of the list)
178. Finland
177. Sweden
176. Denmark
175. Norway
174. Switzerland
173. New Zealand
172. Luxembourg
171. Iceland
170. Ireland
169. Australia
168. Canada

Finland’s last place in the list means it has the lowest total points, making it the least fragile country in the world. Finland also is the only country in the “Very Sustainable” category of the ranking.

The Fragile States index is released yearly and is compiled from information collected in the previous year, meaning this year’s positions are based off data from 2013.

The list was known as The Failed States Index until last year. It is the fourth consecutive time the nation has made the bottom of the index.

The countries at the top of the list are South Sudan, Somalia, and the Central African Republic. Finland is followed at the bottom of the list by Sweden, Denmark and Norway.

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