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The Czech Republic continues to rank 22nd in quality of life

Social Progress Index 2017

Prague, 29 June 2017 – This year, the Czech Republic has taken 22nd place in the 2017 Social Progress Index. The index is annually prepared by the Social Progress Imperative NGO and Deloitte based on data about the level of social and economic development and the state of the environment. Of the 128 countries which were included in the comparison, Denmark came on top while the Central African Republic was last.

Compared to the previous year, the Czech Republic got slightly worse in the index (from 84.38 to 84.22 out of 100), securing again the 22nd place. The Czech Republic achieved the best results in basic human needs, specifically nutrition and basic medical care, water and sanitation, shelter, and personal safety. In contrast, tolerance and inclusion has taken a downward turn in the Czech Republic, ranking it among countries the likes of Botswana. A high score was also achieved by the Czech Republic in respect of access to basic knowledge.

“The Czech Republic has retained its high position for a number of years. It is evident that economic and social development are two significant factors that mutually reinforce one another. However, economic growth is not always a guarantee of social development. Take the US, which is the richest country among G7 in terms of GDP per capita, yet significantly lacking behind the comparable countries in half of the categories, such as education, health and personal safety, to name a few,” says Josef Kotrba, Chairman of Deloitte Czech Republic.

The Czech Republic as one of the countries with a high level of social development

The Social Progress Index annually ranks countries in 50 different categories. This year, 128 countries have been included in the index. The Czech Republic is one of the 24 countries with a high level of social development, along with the US, Japan or France. Of the most recent EU members, only Slovenia fared better, with the Czech Republic ranking higher than Italy, Cyprus, Slovakia or Greece. As in previous years the first three places belong to Nordic countries – namely Denmark, Finland and Iceland. The last places were taken by Chad, Afghanistan and the Central African Republic.

This year’s results have shown that the number of countries that have recorded a decline in human rights is higher than those recording growth.

If 100 people lived in the world…

11 of them would be underfed, 14 would have no toilets, 82 of them would have access to electricity, 86 would be able to read and write, 65 would have mobile phones, 49 would use the internet, 14 girls would get married at the age of 15-19, 51 would regard their country as friendly towards immigrants and 26 towards gay people, 74 women would have access to modern contraception, 76 could rely on the help of relatives or friends in times of need and 7 would hold university degrees.

And if the world was a country, the index would rank it between Indonesia and Botswana.

For the planet as a whole to meet the sustainable growth targets by 2030 as set by the United Nations, it would have to raise its score by 10 points to 75. The aggregate results are low primarily due to the poor access to drinking water and basic education.

For more information about the Social Progress Index follow this link.

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