Denmark ranks highest on list of countries with best quality of life

The 2017 Social Progress Index report, an aggregate index that measures a country’s social progress in areas of Basic Human Needs, Foundations of Wellbeing and Opportunity through 50 social and environmental indicators, has found that Denmark ranked the highest among countries that boast the best quality of life.

The Scandinavian country, which borders Germany and is home to 5,7 million citizens, is among 128 countries measured by the Social Progress Imperative through a scoring system. Denmark scored 90.57/100 points, earning its  spot at the top of the list.

On its objective, the organisation states: “Our aim is to measure the outcomes that matter to the lives of real people, not the inputs. For example, we want to measure a country’s health and wellness achieved, not how much effort is expended nor how much the country spends on healthcare.”

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The report looks at social and environmental considerations and research goes beyond analysing the GDP of a nation. It “defines social progress as the capacity of a society to meet the basic human needs of its citizens, establish the building blocks that allow citizens and communities to enhance and sustain the quality of their lives and create the conditions for all individuals to reach their full potential”.

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South Africa has been ranked 66th on the list, with a score of 67,25. Looking at the different areas of social progress, the country scored 67,48 for Basic Human Needs, 69,79 for Foundations of Wellbeing and 64,50 for Opportunity.

The top 10 countries with the highest ranking in quality of life are;

1. Denmark

2. Finland

3. Iceland

4. Norway

5. Switzerland

6. Canada

7. The Netherlands

8. Sweden

9. Australia

10. New Zealand

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