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Iceland Ranks Third on Social Progress Worldwide

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Iceland Ranks Third on Social Progress Worldwide

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Iceland has tied for third most socially progressive country in the world, reports mbl.is. It’s tied for this position with Norway. Denmark is first on the list, followed by Finland. In total, 128 countries were ranked.

The Social Progress Index, published annually by the US-based nonprofit Social Progress Imperative, “is an aggregate index of social and environmental indicators that capture three dimensions of social progress: Basic Human Needs, Foundations of Wellbeing, and Opportunity.” ; Iceland performed very well in a number of areas, ranking number one in subcategories such as child mortality rate and level of violent crime (both the lowest in the world), and internet use (highest in the world). It ranked number one in the overall category of Tolerance and Inclusion, which measures factors such as discrimination and violence against minorities, religious tolerance, and the existence of a community safety net.

Iceland’s lowest ranking was in the overall category of Environmental Quality, where it ranked 25 globally, in part due to its score in the biodiversity and habitat subcategory, which received a ranking of 103. Other subcategories where Iceland’s was found to perform “relatively poorly” in comparison with “15 peer countries with a similar GDP per capita” were: gender parity in secondary enrollment (59), freedom of religion (54), and availability of affordable housing (83).

Iceland’s full scorecard can be seen here.

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