Most Progressive Countries

As starting point for this list has been used the following statistics and indexes: murder rate, Best Country to Grow Old, Corruption Perceptions Index, Fragile States Index, Press Freedom Index, Democracy Index, performance on PISA test. PISA is a test that measures the quality of education.

The Top Ten
1 Norway Norway, officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a sovereign and unitary monarchy in Northern Europe whose territory comprises the western portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula plus the island Jan Mayen and the archipelago of Svalbard. Oslo is the capital of Norway. Norwegian is the official language of Norway.

AVG RANK: 5.67

Norway is the richest European country after Luxembourg and tops the Human Development Index. The GDP of Norway is about 100 % higher than the GDP of USA. Norway is known for its extraordinalily beautiful landscapes. The country consists of mountains and deep and large fjords. Norway is ranked first in the Democracy Index, first in the Best Country to Grow Old, 3rd in the Press Freedom Index, 5th in the Corruption Perceptions Index and 21th in the Pisa test. The murder rate is 0.7 per 100,000 inhabitants, about 85 % lower than in USA.

2 Denmark Denmark is a Nordic country in Northern Europe. It is the most populous and politically central constituent of the Kingdom of Denmark, a constitutionally unitary state that includes the autonomous territories of the Faroe Islands and Greenland in the North Atlantic Ocean. European Denmark is the southernmost of the Scandinavian countries, lying southwest of Sweden, south of Norway, and north of Germany. more.

AVG RANK: 8.17

Denmark is one of the most socialist countries in the world. The tax rate is about 49 %, higher than in Cuba and only Zimbabwe having a higher tax rate. Denmark has been ranked as the most happy country several times. The drinking age is 15 in Denmark. There is a hippie community in the city center of the capital city Copenhagen. The hippie community uses old military barracks, owned by the state, for a practically nonexistent rent and has its own laws. Denmark is ranked first in the Corruption Perceptions Index, 3rd in the Fragile States Index, 4th in the Democracy Index, 7th in the Press Freedom Index, 12th in the Best Country to Grow Old and 22th in the PISA test. The murder rate is 0.8 per 100,000 inhabitants, about 85 % lower than in USA.

3 Sweden Sweden, officially the Kingdom of Sweden, is a Scandinavian country in Northern Europe. It borders Norway to the west and Finland to the east, and is connected to Denmark in the southwest by a bridge-tunnel across the Öresund. At 450,295 square kilometers (173,860 sq mi), Sweden is the third-largest country in the European Union by area, with a total population of 10 million.

AVG RANK: 9.50

Sweden is renowned for its beautiful women and the Nobel prize, and is also home to IKEA, ABBA and Volvo. Sweden is the most liberal country in the world according to the World Values Survey, and also the least racistic country in the world according to the same survey. Sweden ranks 2nd in the Democracy Index, the Best Country to Grow Old and also the Fragile States Index, 3rd in the Corruption Perceptions Index, 10th in the Press Freedom Index and 38th in the PISA test, slightly worse than Russia. The murder rate is 0.7 per 100,000 inhabitants, about 85 % lower than in USA.

They have an awesome boy band, the Fooo conspiracy-check them out! Also, they have a liberal system, with 480 days of paid maternity leave, free education, and 8% unemployment rate at current

Sweden has contributed a lot in the music industry, physics and science, and to the game industry. And damn, doing it well

4 Netherlands The Netherlands, informally Holland, is a country located in north-western Europe with overseas territories in the Caribbean. It is the largest of four constituent countries of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The Netherlands consists of twelve provinces, and borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, with a North Sea coast-line to the north and west. It shares maritime borders with the United... read more

Drugs, prostitution, public nudity, abortion, euthanasia, uncensored T.V. funded by the state (2 T.V. hosts ate each others flesh on the show called de proefkonijnen. Also the YouTube channel drugslab is funded by said government where they weekly try a different drug).

For good sake does it even need an explanation. Drugs, gays, abortion, euthanasia the list goes on!

Could do better with politics, but very progressive country. Also technologically very developed.

5 Finland Finland, officially the Republic of Finland, is a Nordic country in Northern Europe. It shares land borders with Sweden to the northwest, Norway to the north, and Russia to the east, with the Gulf of Bothnia to the west and the Gulf of Finland across Estonia to the south. Finland covers an area of 338,455 square kilometres (130,678 sq mi) with a population of 5.5 million. Helsinki is the capital and... read more

AVG RANK: 6.00

Finland is a socialist country. The size of the public sector is 59 % of the GDP and the individual tax rate can be as high as 62 %. Finland ranks first in the Fragile States Index, first in the Press Freedom Index, 3rd in the Corruption Perceptions Index, 7th in the PISA test (2012), 9th in the Democracy Index and 15th in Best Country to Grow Old. The murder is much higher than that of other Western European countries, about 1.6 per 100,000 inhabitants. Finns drink vodka like its water and gun ownership rate is 4th highest in the world. The murder rate of USA is 5.1 per 100,000 inhabitants.

I live in Finland and I personally know that Finland is a really liberal country.

Much better than Sweden in education, hockey, and safety.

6 Iceland Iceland is a Nordic island country in the North Atlantic Ocean and the most sparsely populated country in Europe. Iceland's capital and largest city is Reykjavík, which (along with its surrounding areas) is home to over 65% of the population. Iceland is the only part of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge that more.
7 Canada Canada is a country in North America that is next to the United States, and it's the 2nd largest country in the world by area (size is 9.985 million km²). This country has 10 provinces, and 3 territories. Canada became a dominion on July 1, 1867. Its 10 provinces are: Ontario, British Columbia, Quebec, Alberta, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick, and Prince... read more

AVG RANK: 9.50

Canada is ranked 4th in the Best Country to Grow Old, 7th in the PISA test (2009), 8th in the Democracy Index, 9th in the Corruption Perceptions Index, 11th in the Fragile States Index and 18th in the Press Freedom Index. The murder rate is 1.6 per 100,000 inhabitants, about 70 % lower than in USA.

Legal pot, gender equality, reconciliation with First Nations and LBGQ, and the more canadian oil the world burns, the warmer Canada gets...

Best country to live in the world.

8 Switzerland Switzerland, officially the Swiss Confederation, is a federal republic in Europe. It consists of 26 cantons, and the city of Bern is the seat of the federal authorities. more.

AVG RANK: 8.33

Switzerland has only 8 million inhabitants, but is very well known due to its exceptionalism. Switzerland is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. It has a lot of both snow-covered moutains and shockingly beautiful old villages. Switzerland is about 60 % richer than USA and has not been in war for 200 years. The Swiss practice direct democracy. A referendum must be held if a large proportion enough of voters demand it. In some cantons they arrange citizen assemblies where citizens vote on laws while standing on a square. Switzerland is also famous for its banks and clocks. Switzerland ranks, despite its direct democracy, as the 7th most democratic country. Other ranks are 3rd in the Best Country to Grow Old, 5th in the Fragile States Index, 7th in the Corruption Perceptions Index, 13th in the PISA test and 15th in the Press Freedom Index. The murder rate is 0.6 per 100,000 inhabitants, about 90 % lower than in USA.

9 New Zealand New Zealand is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. It is situated 1,500 kilometres (900 mi) east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and roughly 1,000 kilometres (600 mi) south of the Pacific island areas of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga. New Zealand's capital city is Wellington, while its most populous city is Auckland.

AVG RANK: 6.33

New Zealand is a country that is from an American or European viewpoint forgotten by God. This tiny country is located next to Australia. Despite its remote location the country performs extremly well, being the only country to reach Top10 in everything. New Zealand is ranked first in the Corruption Perceptions Index, 5th in the Democracy Index, 6th in the Fragile States Index, 7th in PISA test, 9th in Press Freedom Index and 10th in the Best Country to Grow Old.

More progressive than Canada, americans just don't know enough to rank it.

10 India India, officially the Republic of India, is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by area, the second-most populous country (with over 1.2 billion people), and the most populous democracy in the world. Its capital is New Delhi. Some other major cities are Mumbai, Chennai, and Ahemdabad. The most spoken languages are Hindi and English, but there are 22 official Indian languages... read more

India : who made me to stand up with independence & prepare me for being a real Human.

I Think INDIA has great Oportunity to develop the Country.Because During this GOV is taking most effectfull decision and taking most effectfull step for investment by different different type of yojana's and also make in india is most effective.

Now India is going to high achieve a goal.. soon it will be signed under top 10 progressive country

The Contenders
11 Germany Germany was formally united in 1871 under the initiative of Bismarck with King Wilhelm of Prussia as emperor. The previous 'Holy Roman Empire', basically a continuation of the empire of Charlemagne/Karl der Grosse was dissolved in 1806. more.
12 Poland Poland, officially the Republic of Poland, is a country in Central Europe, bordered by Germany to the west; the Czech Republic and Slovakia to the south; Ukraine and Belarus to the east; and the Baltic Sea, Kaliningrad Oblast (a Russian exclave) and Lithuania to the north. With a population of approximately more.
13 Moldova Moldova, officially the Republic of Moldova, is a landlocked country in Eastern Europe. It is bordered by Romania to the west and Ukraine to the north, east, and south. The unrecognised breakaway region of Transnistria lies across the Dniester on the country's eastern border with Ukraine. Moldova's more.
14 Singapore Singapore, officially the Republic of Singapore, is a sovereign island country and city-state in maritime Southeast Asia. It lies about one degree of latitude (137 kilometres or 85 miles) north of the equator, off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, bordering the Strait of Malacca to the west, the Singapore Strait to the south, the South China Sea to the east and the Straits of Johor to the north. The country's territory is composed of one main island, 63 satellite islands and islets, and one outlying islet, the combined area of which has increased by 25% since the country's independence as a result of extensive land reclamation projects. It has the third highest population density in the more.

It has the world's best education system, easiest place to do business, world's best airport, world's best airline, amongst the least corrupted countries, one of the most competitive economies and the list goes on. It's hard to ignore this country from cracking top 5 in my opinion.

15 Ukraine Ukraine is a country in Eastern Europe. It is the second-largest European country, covering approximately 600,000 square kilometres (230,000 sq mi), and has a population of around 40 million people. It is bordered by Russia to the east and northeast; by Belarus to the north; by Poland, Slovakia, and more.
16 Philippines The Philippines, officially the Republic of the Philippines, is an archipelagic country in Southeast Asia. It is situated in the western Pacific Ocean and consists of around 7,641 islands that are broadly categorized under three main geographical divisions from north to south: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. The Philippines is bounded by the South China Sea to the west, the Philippine Sea to the east,... read more

This is all because of our President who is actively doing his promise to stop corruption, drug and criminality.

Phillipines is so Very Progressive Country Because all of the problem of the Phillipines, It have a Immediately Action.

Philippines is the most progressive country in the world ever. because of the big changes comes,

17 Serbia Serbia, officially the Republic of Serbia, is a landlocked country in Southeastern and Central Europe, situated at the crossroads of the Pannonian Plain and the Balkans. It shares land borders with Hungary to the north, Romania to the northeast, Bulgaria to the southeast, North Macedonia to the south, more.
18 Japan Japan is an island country in East Asia in the Pacific Ocean. It lies off the eastern coast of the Asia Mainland (east of China, Korea, Russia) and stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and near Taiwan in the southwest.

Japan has a huge capital city called Tokyo, other cities in Japan include Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Osaka, Nagoya and Sendai. It's close to South Korea, which is on the North West of it. It has a large population of 126.86 million people (Statistics Bureau of Japan. Retrieved April 27, 2016). more.

Japan has made so much progress after the human rights atrocities committed during World War II.

19 Luxembourg Luxembourg, officially the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, is a landlocked country in western Europe. It is bordered by Belgium to the west and north, Germany to the east, and France to the south. Its capital, Luxembourg City, is one of the four official capitals of the European Union (together with Brussels, more.
20 Australia Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a sovereign country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands. With an area of 7,617,930 square kilometres (2,941,300 sq mi), Australia is the largest country by area in Oceania and more.

AVG RANK: 12.50

Australia is ranked 6th in Democracy Index, 9th in the Corruption Perceptions Index and PISA test, 10th in Fragile States Index, 13th in Best Country to Grow Old and 28th in Press Freedom Index.

21 United States The United States of America, or the U.S.A. for short, is a federal republic composed of 50 states, 48 of them are contiguous states. There are two other states, Alaska and Hawaii, which are north and south of the contiguous states, respectively. The United States declared its independence from the British Empire in 1776 with the Declaration of Independence. They won their independence in 1783 with the Treaty of Paris. Its capital, Washington D.C. (District of Columbia) is defined by imposing neoclassical monuments and buildings including the iconic ones that house the federal government's 3 branches: the Capitol, White House and Supreme Court. Though it has no official language, English and more.
22 Pakistan Pakistan was established in 1947 and is located in South Asia. Islamabad is the capital city of Pakistan. Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar are other major cities of Pakistan. Urdu and English are official languages of Pakistan. World's second highest peak (K-2) and ninth highest peak (Nanga Parbat) are more.

One of the most equal countries (30.7 in Gini index), very diverse, and progressing very rapidly.

23 Uruguay Uruguay, officially the Oriental Republic of Uruguay, is a country in South America. It shares borders with Argentina to its west and southwest and Brazil to its north and northeast; while bordering the Río de la Plata to the south and the Atlantic Ocean to the southeast. It is part of the Southern more.
24 Croatia Croatia, officially the Republic of Croatia (independence since 1991), is a sovereign state at the crossroads of Central Europe, Southeast Europe, and the Mediterranean. Its capital city is Zagreb. It is a member of the European Union. During the Cold War it was part of Yugoslavia. It is a cultural more.
25 Ireland Formed in 1916 after the Easter uprising, Ireland is a small country with a population of roughly 5 million.

First country in the world where the people voted tor gay marriage to be legalised in 2015.

First country in the world to ban smoking in public buildings/places.

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