October 12, 2016

Finland high up on Social Progress Index

Åland ranked highest of the five regions in Finland.
Åland ranked highest of the five regions in Finland.
Visit Åland / Heidi Ikonen

The European Union’s inaugural index has listed two regions in Finland in the top 10.

The Regional Social Progress Index measures social progress on 50 indicators across the 272 regions of the 28 EU member states. The aim of the index is to help inform development strategies.

Finland was divided into five regions. Åland scored best reaching fourth place on the list, with the capital Helsinki being seventh. Meanwhile, Eastern and Northern Finland was 11th, Western Finland 14th and Southern Finland 16th.

The other areas in the top five are Upper Norrland in Sweden, Central Jutland and the region of Copenhagen in Denmark, and Utrecht in the Netherlands. Sweden, Denmark, Finland and the Netherlands together take up the first 30 spots on the list.

The Social Progress Index is an aggregate index of indicators that capture three dimensions of social progress: basic human needs, foundations of wellbeing and opportunity. The index measures social progress strictly using outcomes of success, as opposed to how much effort a country or community makes. For example, the expenditure on healthcare matters much less than the health and wellness achieved.

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