Ranked: the best countries for social progress – FFA

The most recent Social Progress Index means that life has principally bought higher for the eleventh consecutive 12 months, however the outcomes are a blended bag relying on the place you reside

It won’t seem to be it generally – notably in 2022, 12 months of the so-called ‘permacrisis’ – however the world has principally turn out to be a greater place to reside in during the last 11 years. 

That’s in accordance with the most recent Social Progress Index, which annually scrutinises life in 169 nations. The index is put collectively by the Social Progress Crucial, a US-based non-profit that promotes optimistic social change. Since 2011, its researchers have used key indicators, equivalent to high quality of healthcare, private security, entry to training, entry to expertise, rights, and high quality of setting, to measure progress. They then give annual scores for nations and the world as an entire.  

The most recent findings recommend that social progress has marched onwards for the eleventh consecutive 12 months, albeit erratically. As soon as once more, Norway was declared the world’s most progressive nation in 2022, with Denmark and Finland rating second and third respectively. The UK and US each slipped down a spot every to nineteenth and twenty fifth respectively. 

The UK was recognized as considered one of solely 4 nations the place social progress has regressed because the index started. The others are Syria, Venezuela and Libya. 

“The UK has slipped right into a social progress recession after a misplaced decade,” the report famous. “We see the influence of austerity measures and Brexit displaying up within the information in each space from training, to healthcare, rights, and tolerance.”

The US was the bottom rating nation within the G7, partly due to its poor security rating. The nation was ranked forty eighth for private security, and 107th for interpersonal violence, behind the Republic of Congo, Nicaragua, and Sierra Leone.

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Norway retained its place on the high of the index, adopted by Denmark and Finland. Picture: Mike Benna

On the different finish of the spectrum, the nations which have taken the best strides embrace Bhutan (residence of the gross national happiness index), Ethiopia (the place the civil battle has simply ended), and Sierra Leone (which, in distinction to the US, lately moved to spice up reproductive rights). 

Regardless of reporting one other 12 months of progress, the authors of the index warned that globally the speed of progress has halved since 2017, and pointed to additional challenges forward.  

“We’ve not but seen the complete influence that Covid-19 had on social progress the world over,” they wrote. “After we take into account this, plus the dangers posed by local weather change, financial uncertainty and political change, we see a big threat that for the primary time the world’s social progress may retreat in 2023.”

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The UK has ‘slipped right into a social progress recession’ warned researchers. Picture: Stefan Siegel

Nevertheless, there are causes to be sanguine. 

“The demand for higher lives and better equality is clear the world over, as we see protests and new political actions for racial fairness, girls’s rights, local weather change, gun violence and past,” the report concluded. “There was a rising expectation that it’s not simply governments who have to play a task in delivering enhancements, however that enterprise can also be accountable, and should ship enhancements within the lives of individuals, in addition to defending the setting for us all.”

The Social Progress Crucial works with decision-makers in additional than 45 nations, and says it is going to use the insights from the most recent index “to make a optimistic distinction for all”.


The 25 greatest nations for social progress

  1. Norway 
  2. Denmark
  3. Finland
  4. Switzerland
  5. Iceland
  6. Sweden
  7. Netherlands
  8. Germany
  9. Japan
  10. Canada
  11. Austria
  12. Australia
  13. Eire
  14. Luxembourg
  15. New Zealand
  16. Belgium
  17. South Korea
  18. Estonia
  19. UK
  20. France
  21. Spain
  22. Italy
  23. Czech Republic
  24. Portugal
  25. US

Foremost picture: Bhutan. Credit score: Adli Wahid