June 22, 2017

Finland remains socially progressive globally

Summer in Finland means tasty strawberries. According to the index, Finns have the best nutrition in the world.
Summer in Finland means tasty strawberries. According to the index, Finns have the best nutrition in the world.
Finland Promotion Board/Keksi/Jukka Rapo

The Social Progress Index has ranked Finland second overall in its annual survey.

Compiled by the Social Progress Imperative, this year’s index once again looked at the social and environmental indicators that define three dimensions of social progress: Basic Human Needs, Foundations of Wellbeing and Opportunity.

Altogether, a total of 50 indicators were used to rank 128 countries. Of these, Finns were found to enjoy the world’s greatest personal freedom and choice, along with having the best nutrition and basic medical care.

The country also came third in the indicators of tolerance and inclusion, personal rights and shelter. Meanwhile, access to information and communications in Finland was deemed to be fourth greatest in the globe.

Finland slipped one place from last year’s ranking, with Denmark taking top spot. At the other end of the scale, the Central African Republic was ranked last on the list.

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