New Zealand number one for environment and social performance
New Zealand has managed to grab the number one spot on a survey of 132 countries around the world in terms of social and economic factors. The Social Progress Imperative ignored material and economic factors in favour of indicators including human rights, freedom, health, internet access, sanitation, quality of education and personal safety.
According to the executive director of the Social Progress Imperative, Michael Green, simply looking at a country in terms of financial growth is not an indicator of social progress. He added that economic growth doesn’t necessarily help to tackle poverty and inequality.
New Zealand’s top score was due to the country scoring highly in terms of education, human rights, personal freedom and internet access. Other countries to make it into the top ten included Finland, Denmark, Norway, Canada, Iceland, Australia, the Netherlands and Switzerland.
However, a lack of environmental stability saw some of the world’s richest economies slip further down the list. Germany, the UK and Japan took 12th, 13th and 14th place respectively and the USA only managed to come in at 16.
New Zealand’s immigration authority said it was extremely pleased with the result of the survey and hoped that the country would attract more immigrants from countries like the UK.
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