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2018 Social Progress Index Survey

Bulgaria on the 40th place in the international ranking

Bulgaria occupies the 40th place, being surpassed by all EU member states, except Romania, in the international ranking 2018 Social Progress Index, conducted by Social Progress Imperative nonprofit organization with the support of Deloitte.

Social Progress Index survey (SPI) measures people’s quality of life and the well-being of society from 146 countries, analyzing three dimensions using indicators covering basic human needs (nutrition and basic medical care, water and sanitation, shelter, personal safety), foundations of well-being (access to basic education, access to communications and information, health and well-being, environmental quality) and opportunity (personal rights, personal freedom and choice, inclusiveness, access to advanced education).

Bulgaria ranks 40th this year, compared to 44th, in 2014. The scores registered for each indicator analyzed by SPI are compared to the ones of 15 other states registering a similar GDP per capita (including Romania, Croatia, Latvia, Greece, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Turkey or Iran). According to the scores, Bulgaria performs weaker than the 14 states (except Romania, ranked #44 in the survey), with a GDP per capita similar on the following chapters: water and sanitation, access to quality medical care, access to advanced education, life expectancy of people over 60 or social inclusion.

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