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New Social Progress Index Ranks 132 Countries

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May 1, 2014

United States comes in at 16th, Austria ranks 11th

The United States is the world’s 16th most socially advanced country according to a major new global index published in April 2014 by US-based nonprofit, the Social Progress Imperative. Despite the United States’ very high GDP per capita, it finishes behind top performing New Zealand and other countries with similar or lower GDP per capita including Canada and Austria – according to the Social Progress Index 2014, which ranks 132 countries based on their social and environmental performance.

The Social Progress Index , created by a team led by Professor Michael E. Porter of Harvard Business School, is designed as a complement to GDP and other economic indicators to provide a more holistic understanding of countries’ overall performance.

Austria Ranks 11th: Of issues covered by the Basic Human Needs Dimension, Austria does best in areas including Water and Sanitation. Austria excels at providing building blocks for people's lives such as Access to Basic Knowledge. Austria outperforms in providing opportunities for people to improve their position in society and scores highly in Personal Rights.

The U.S. ranks 16th: United States does best in areas including Nutrition and Basic Medical Care and has the greatest opportunity to improve human well-being by focusing more on Personal Safety. The U.S. excels at providing building blocks for people's lives such as Access to Basic Knowledge, but would benefit from greater investment in Ecosystem Sustainability. The United States outperforms in providing opportunities for people to improve their position in society and scores highly in Access to Advanced Education.

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