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The social progress index, whose methodology was developed by Harvard economics professor Michael Porter, is meant to complement the traditional measure of gross domestic product in assessing progress. It tracks 52 indicators – from crime levels to literacy rates and gender equality - that reflect whether a country is providing essential needs to its citizens and opportunities for people to improve their lot in society.

Social Progress categorization:

• SPI rank 01 – 10: very high

• SPI rank 11 – 31: high

• SPI rank 32 – 56: upper middle

• SPI rank 57 –98: lower middle

• SPI rank 99 – 125: low

• SPI rank 125 – 133: very low

2015 Social progress index

SPI rankSPI scoreCountry
188.36Norway
288.06Sweden
387.97Switzerland
487.62Iceland
587.08New Zealand
686.89Canada
786.75Finland
886.63Denmark
986.5Netherlands
1086.42Australia
1184.68United Kingdom
1284.66Ireland
1384.45Austria
1484.04Germany
1583.15Japan
1682.85United States
1782.83Belgium
1881.91Portugal
1981.62Slovenia
2081.17Spain
2180.82France
2280.59Czech Republic
2380.49Estonia
2479.21Uruguay
2578.45Slovakia
2678.29Chile
2777.98Poland
2877.88Costa Rica
2977.7Republic of Korea
3077.45Cyprus
3177.38Italy
3274.8Hungary
3374.12Latvia
3474.03Greece
3574Lithuania
3673.66Mauritius
3773.3Croatia
3873.08Argentina
3972.79United Arab Emirates
4072.6Israel
4171.79Panama
4270.89Brazil
4370.19Bulgaria
4469.83Jamaica
4569.79Serbia
4669.55Malaysia
4769.19Kuwait
4869.01Montenegro
4968.85Colombia
5068.37Romania
5168.25Ecuador
5268.19Albania
5367.79Macedonia
5467.5Mexico
5567.23Peru
5667.1Paraguay
5766.34Thailand
5866.24Turkey
5966.15Bosnia and Herzegovina
6065.89Georgia
6165.7Armenia
6265.69Ukraine
6365.64South Africa
6465.46Philippines
6565.22Botswana
6664.98Belarus
6764.92Tunisia
6864.31El Salvador
6964.27Saudi Arabia
7063.68Moldova
7163.64Russia
7263.45Venezuela
7363.36Bolivia
7463.31Jordan
7562.71Namibia
7662.62Azerbaijan
7762.47Dominican Republic
7862.2Nicaragua
7962.19Guatemala
8061.85Lebanon
8161.52Mongolia
8261.44Honduras
8361.38Kazakhstan
8460.83Cuba
8560.66Algeria
8660.47Indonesia
8760.42Guyana
8860.1Sri Lanka
8959.91Egypt
9059.71Uzbekistan
9159.56Morocco
9259.07China
9358.58Kyrgyzstan
9458.29Ghana
9556.82Iran
9656.49Tajikistan
9756.46Senegal
9855.33Nepal
9953.96Cambodia
10053.39Bangladesh
10153.06India
10252.41Laos
10352.27Lesotho
10451.67Kenya
10551.62Zambia
10651.6Rwanda
10750.94Swaziland
10850.04Benin
10949.6Congo, Republic of
11049.49Uganda
11148.95Malawi
11248.82Burkina Faso
11348.35Iraq
11447.42Cameroon
11547.27Djibouti
11647.14Tanzania
11746.66Togo
11846.51Mali
11946.12Myanmar
12046.02Mozambique
12145.85Mauritania
12245.66Pakistan
12344.89Liberia
12444.5Madagascar
12543.31Nigeria
12641.04Ethiopia
12740.56Niger
12840.3Yemen
12940Angola
13039.6Guinea
13135.4Afghanistan
13233.17Chad
13331.42Central African Republic
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