June 30, 2016

Finland is the most socially progressive country in the world

Amongst many other things, Finns have been found to have the best access to piped water in the world.
Amongst many other things, Finns have been found to have the best access to piped water in the world.
Finland Promotion Board / Keksi / Jukka Rapo

The Social Progress Imperative has ranked Finland number one in its annual Social Progress Index. This represents a jump of six places from last year’s result.

Altogether the index assessed 133 countries, sourcing data from the World Bank, the United Nations and the Gallup World Poll. A total of 53 indicators were used, divided into three main pillars of Basic Human Needs, Foundations of Wellbeing and Opportunity.

Amongst these, Finland was once again found to have the best access to nutrition and basic medical care in the world. The country was also found to have the best access to piped water and electricity, and the lowest number of deaths attributable to household air pollution.

Meanwhile, level of violent crime and political terror in Finland were also the world’s lowest, and the press has the most freedom. Alongside having the most personal freedom and choice, freedoms of speech, assembly and movement in Finland also topped the index. Religious tolerance in Finland is the highest in the world.

Elsewhere, Finland has the greatest volume of lower and upper secondary school enrollment per capita, as well as mobile telephone subscriptions.

Overall, Canada, Denmark, Australia and Switzerland rounded out the top five, with Central African Republic found to be this year’s least progressive nation.

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