Denmark is world champion in UN sustainable development goals

Denmark tops the SDG Index 2019, tracking countries’ performance on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Denmark is on track on securing sustainable cities and communities, clean energy and water, quality education and reducing inequalities.

The SDG Index tracks country performance on the 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) as agreed by the international community in 2015. The score signifies a country’s position between the worst (0) and the best or target (100) outcomes.

No country is on track for achieving all 17 SDGs, but Denmark tops the index, followed by Sweden and Finland.

“Denmark’s overall Index score (85) suggests that the country is on average 85% of the way to the best possible outcome across the 17 SDGs”
- SDG Index 2019

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Sustainable living and equal opportunity

With the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals countries have committed themselves to time-bound targets for Prosperity, People, Planet, Peace, and Partnership – known as the five P’s.

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Denmark is on track or maintaining SDG achievement in 9 of 17 goals:

  • No poverty
  • Quality education
  • Clean water and sanitation
  • Affordable and clean energy
  • Reduces inequalities
  • Sustainable cities and communities
  • Life on land
  • Peace, justice and strong institutions
  • Partnerships for the goals

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Denmark has the easiest business culture

Denmark was recently ranked top in the Business Culture Complexity Index 2019 among 50 economies in the world.

This top performance corresponds well with the findings of the SDG index report:

“Put simply, the SDGs need business. However, this dependence is entirely mutual – ultimately long-term business success also very much hinges on the SDGs being realised. Business cannot thrive in societies that fail”
- SDG Index 2019

Top 10 best performing countries

  1. Denmark
  2. Sweden
  3. Finland
  4. France 
  5. Austria
  6. Germany
  7. Czech Republic
  8. Norway
  9. Netherlands
  10. Estonia

Want to know more about sustainable construction in Copenhagen?

If you want to know more about sustainable urban development and construction in Greater Copenhagen, please contact Rikke Petersen, Senior Investment Manager, Sustainable Urban Development & Circular Economy, via email: or mobile: 0045 51 51 61 02