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Social Progress Index

2016 launch

On 29 June, the 2016 Social Progress Index launched – a global view of people’s quality of life, independent of wealth. Designed to complement GDP, the 2016 Index measures what really matters to people – such as health care, infrastructure, civil liberties – the foundational characteristics of sustainable societies.

The 2016 Social Progress Index report analyses the social progress of 133 countries across 53 indicators. This year Finland takes the top spot scoring 90.09/100 followed by Canada (89.49) and Denmark (89.39).

The world as a whole improved its score slightly (62.88) coming between Mongolia and Kyrgyzstan. It performed best in Nutrition & Basic Medical Care and Access to Basic Knowledge and worst in the provision of Personal Rights and Tolerance and Inclusion. A new finding this year was the plight of young people – nearly half the world’s youth live in low social progress countries.

The 2016 report found that if you are young you are much more likely to live in a society without basic medical care, clean water, safety, personal freedoms and tolerance.

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