Denmark in top 10 on Social Progress Index 2014

Denmark has performed well in the international Social Progress Index 2014 that ranks countries by social and environmental performance rather than economic output in a drive to make social progress a priority for politicians and businesses. Denmark’s ninth place puts it among the countries that represent a distinct ‘top tier’ in terms of social progress scores, according to the Social Progress Index.

The Social Progress Index (SPI) rates 132 countries on more than 50 indicators, including health, sanitation, shelter, personal safety, access to information, sustainability, tolerance and inclusion, and access to education. The index is designed to be an alternative to traditional measures such as Gross Domestic Product (GDP), which is based on purely economic standards.

Denmark scores highly in areas including Water and Sanitation and on issues covered by the Foundations of Wellbeing Dimension. According to the latter, Denmark excels at providing building blocks for people’s lives such as Access to Basic Knowledge. Denmark outperforms other countries on issues covered by the Opportunity Dimension by providing opportunities for people to improve their position in society. It also scores highly in the Personal Freedom and Choice section.

The top three countries in the world in terms of social progress are New Zealand, Switzerland and Iceland. In addition to Denmark, the rest of the top ten includes other Northern European countries such as the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Finland but also Canada and Australia.

Explore the Social Progress Index 2014 Report here