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Denmark ranked first on the 2017 Social Progress Index

The annual Social Progress Index ranked Denmark first out of 128 countries, leading in shelter and personal rights.

Friday, June 23, 2017

The Social Progress Index is an aggregate index of social and environmental indicators that capture three dimensions of social progress: Basic Human Needs, Foundations of Wellbeing, and Opportunity. The 2017 Social Progress Index includes data from 128 countries on 50 indicators.

Denmark ranked first in shelter and personal rights but also performed well on factors such as personal safety, access to information and communications, and personal freedom and choice according to the report.

Denmark’s Nordic neighbours also fare well on the index. Finland takes second place, while Norway and Iceland share third. Sweden is eighth of the 128 countries included in the study.

Denmark also ranked first in the 2015 and 2016 Social Progress Index. 


Top 10-scoring nations

Denmark 90.57

Finland 90.53

Iceland 90.27

Norway 90.27

Switzerland 90.1

Canada 89.84

Netherlands 89.82

Sweden 89.66

Australia 89.3

New Zealand 89.3