Stockholm archipelago. Photo: Henrik Trygg
Stockholm archipelago. Photo: Henrik Trygg

Sweden in global top 10 for social progress overall

Overall in all areas of social progress, Sweden is ranked 8th globally, according to the index, while Denmark tops the index, closely followed by Sweden’s other Nordic neighbours, Finland and Norway.

The Social Progress Index

The Social Progress Index moves away from the traditional measurements of success like income and investment and shifts focus to social and environmental factors, in order to create “a clearer picture of what life is really like for everyday people”. The index uses 50 indicators of social and environmental outcomes, divided across three broad dimensions of social progress: Basic Human Needs, Foundations of Wellbeing, and Opportunity.