How Does Norway Rank on the Social Progress Index?

by John Brian Shannon — with information provided by the Social Progress Imperative website

For those interested in Norway, what better way to become acquainted with a country than to find a super reputable organization that ranks almost every country in the world and compare it to your chosen country?

Social Progress Index worldmap
Social Progress Index worldmap. Click to visit the Social Progress Index worldmap webpage.

Both the UN Happiness Index and the Social Progress Imperative rank Norway very highly in all positive metrics, and in some years Norway comes in first place. In other years, Norway may come in second or third place (for example) as the rankings between the top five countries are very close.

While the UN Happiness Index measures how each country’s citizens feel about the country, its society and freedoms, and about how much opportunity exists in the country when seen from the eyes of its own citizens — the Social Progress Index (SPI index) carefully measures every available metric from the economy, to the expected lifespan of citizens, to the amount of press freedom, to the lack of corruption in government and many other measures of good governance.

Norway and its politicians are notoriously good stewards of their country’s wealth and government spending is effective and efficient.

Below is information kindly provided by the Social Progress Imperative.


social progress imperative index
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If the clicking the image doesn’t work in your browser, please visit the SPI website page directly from this link. Tusen takk! (Thank you!)


Summary

Every one of the so-called ‘socialist countries’ of Scandinavia has a booming economy, and among the highest per-capita-income and life expectancy.

Those same socialist countries also provide tuition-free university education to citizens and non-citizen residents which explains why they average less than one murder per year each (yes, average education level has a direct correlation with crime stats) and let’s forget about calling Norway a ‘right wing’ country just because Prime Minister Erna Solberg is a conservative politician… the so-called right wing parties in Scandinavian countries are about as right wing as the Liberal Party of Canada.

All of those Scandinavian countries run surplus budgets or small deficits and feature low government debt. Norway happens to have a 1+ trillion dollar accumulated budget surplus that they park in their national pension fund, for example.

Lastly, every one of those socialist countries rank in the Top 10 in the UN Happiness Index (page 20-21)  and the Social Progress Imperative (SPI)

Does it really matter if it’s the ‘left’ or the ‘right’ that attain such results? Whichever side attains those results should get the credit!


Bonus Graphic

Here is the actual scorecard for Norway that the SPI uses when comparing many of the world’s nations.

SPI index scorecard 2018
SPI index scorecard 2018. Click on the image to visit the Social Progress Imperative website to see a larger version of this image.

If the clicking the image doesn’t work in your browser, please visit the SPI index website page directly from this link. Tusen takk!