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. more.

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 Scandinavian country in Europe. The southernmost of the Nordic countries, it is south-west of Sweden and south of Norway, and bordered to the south by Germany.

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. more.

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

Sweden is progressive, but there are lots of racists.

4 Finland Finland, officially the Republic of Finland, is a sovereign state in Europe. It has a capital of Helsinki and got independence from the Soviet Union after WWI.

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.

5 Netherlands

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.

Simple choice. Has been on the forefront of social progression on basically every big topic.

6 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. 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

This is a best country...

7 Iceland Iceland, also called the Republic of Iceland, is a Nordic island country between the North Atlantic and the Arctic Ocean.
8 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 kmĀ²). This country has 10 provinces, and 3 territories. Canada became a dominion on July 1, 1867. Its 10 provinces are: Ontario, British Columbia, Quebec, 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.

9 New Zealand New Zealand is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. more.

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 Singapore Singapore, officially the Republic of Singapore, and often referred to as the Lion City, the Garden City, and the Red Dot, is a global city and sovereign state in Southeast Asia and the world's only island city-state.

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.

The Contenders
11 Serbia Serbia, officially the Republic of Serbia, is a sovereign state situated at the crossroads between Central and Southeast Europe, covering the southern part of the Pannonian Plain and the central Balkans.
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, bordered by Romania to the west and Ukraine to the north, east, and south.
14 Ukraine Ukraine is a sovereign country in Eastern Europe, bordered by Russia to the east and northeast, Belarus to the northwest, Poland and Slovakia to the west, Hungary, Romania, and Moldova to the southwest, and the Black Sea and Sea of Azov to the south and southeast, respectively.
15 Philippines The Philippines was established in March 16, 1521 and named in honor of a Spanish King whose name is King Philip of Spain II. It is located at Asia, specifically at Southeast Asia. The capital is Manila. 89% of the people there currently are native, while 11% of people there are foreigners.

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,

New president, new rules

16 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.

17 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.
18 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.

19 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. more.

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

20 Uruguay Uruguay, officially the Eastern Republic of Uruguay, is a country in the southeastern region of South America.
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 more.
22 Australia Australia, officially known as the Commonwealth of Australia, is a country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands. Australia has a very warm climate and is very dry. The country's official language is English.

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.

23 Belgium Belgium, officially the Kingdom of Belgium, is a country in Western Europe bordered by France, the Netherlands, Germany and Luxembourg. A small and densely populated country, it covers an area of 30,528 square kilometers (11,787 square miles) and has a population of more than 11 million.

Gay marriage legalised as second country in the world
gay adoption legalised
possession of drugs for personal use is legal, as is owning a single marihuana plant
abortion legal
2nd smallest wage gap between men and women in the world
no censoring on public T.V./radio at all
prostitution legal
smoking banned in all public places
euthanasia legal, even for kids

24 Vatican City Vatican City, officially Vatican City State or the State of Vatican City, is a walled enclave within the city of Rome. It is the smallest nation on Earth, and is the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church.

Yeah but I'm an atheist so imagine how boring it would be for me. But I already went here

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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