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 Most Progressive Countries

1 Norway Norway, officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a sovereign and unitary monarchy whose territory comprises the western portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula plus the island Jan Mayen and the archipelago of Svalbard.

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. - Le_Eux

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. - Le_Eux

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. - Le_Eux

Sweden is progressive, but there are lots of racists.

I like Sweden for one thing and one thing only... PEWDIEPIE

More than you think comes from Sweden!

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.

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

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

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. - Le_Eux

5 Netherlands

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.

Proud to be dutch

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.

Chak de India

INDIA progress after independence

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 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, more.

A country that even the conservative doesn't oppose the gay marriage is pretty much a progressive country

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. - Le_Eux

Best country to live in the world.

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

9 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.

10 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. - Le_Eux

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

The Contenders

11 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. - Le_Eux

12 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.

New president, new rules

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,

13 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.

AVG RANK: 13.17

Germany is ranked 5th in Best Country to Grow Old, 12th in Corruption Perceptions Index, 20th in the PISA test and 14th in Democracy Index, Press Freedom Index and Fragile States Index. - Le_Eux

14 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.

My heart pakistan I love you

East or west pakistan is the best


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

15 Uruguay Uruguay, officially the Eastern Republic of Uruguay, is a country in the southeastern region of South America.
16 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.

17 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.
18 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. - Le_Eux

Nowhere neas r orogressive...they have a military junta. that's a dictatorship and is not progressive at all

19 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

20 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

21 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.

22 Czech Republic Czechia, officially the Czech Republic, is a nation state in Central Europe bordered by Germany to the west, Austria to the south, Slovakia to the east and Poland to the northeast.
23 Lithuania
24 Thailand Thailand, officially the Kingdom of Thailand, formerly known as Siam, is a country at the centre of the Indochinese peninsula in Mainland Southeast Asia.
25 Indonesia Indonesia, officially the Republic of Indonesia, is a country in Southeast Asia. Ruled by the Dutch for over 300 years and Japan for 3 years and 6 months, the country gained independence in 1945, or exactly in 17th August 1945. Jakarta is the capital city, located in the island of Java. Major languages more.
26 Turkmenistan Turkmenistan is a country in Central Asia, bordered by Kazakhstan to the northwest, Uzbekistan to the north and east, Afghanistan to the southeast, Iran to the south and southwest, and the Caspian Sea to the west.
27 Afghanistan Afghanistan, officially the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, is a landlocked country located within South Asia and Central Asia.
28 Fiji Fiji, officially the Republic of Fiji, is an island country in Melanesia in the South Pacific Ocean about 1,100 nautical miles northeast of New Zealand's North Island.
29 Georgia Georgia is a country in the Caucasus region. Located at the crossroads between Eastern Europe and Western Asia it is bounded to the west by the Black Sea, to the north by Russian Federation, to the south by Turkey and Armenia, and to the southeast by Azerbaijan. The country's capital and a largest city more.
30 Romania Romania is a sovereign state located in Southeastern Europe It borders the Black Sea, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Hungary, Serbia, and Moldova. It has an area of 238,391 square kilometres and a temperate-continental climate. With over 19 million inhabitants, the country is the seventh-most-populous member state more.
31 Luxembourg
32 Iran Iran, also known as Persia, officially the Islamic Republic of Iran, is a sovereign state in Western Asia. The capital city is Teheran and the major city is also Tehran. The country's official language is Persian. more.
33 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.
34 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.
35 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.
36 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.
37 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.
38 Albania Albania is a southeastern European country that is slightly larger than Maryland and near Montenegro, Kosovo, Republic of Macedonia, and Greece. The capital is a city called Tirana. Some other major cities in Albania are Durrës, Elbasan, Vlorë, and Shkodër. Albania gained its independence in 1912. more.
39 Slovenia Slovenia, officially the Republic of Slovenia, is a nation state in southern Central Europe, located at the crossroads of main European cultural and trade routes.
40 Laos Laos, officially the Lao People's Democratic Republic (LPDR), or commonly referred to its colloquial name of Muang Lao is a landlocked country in the heart of the Indochinese peninsula of Mainland Southeast Asia, bordered by Myanmar (Burma) and China to the northwest, Vietnam to the east, Cambodia to more.
41 Vietnam Vietnam, officially the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, is the easternmost country on the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia.
42 Cambodia Cambodia is a Southeast Asian nation whose landscape spans low-lying plains, the Mekong Delta, mountains and Gulf of Thailand coastline. Its busy capital, Phnom Penh, is home to the art deco Central Market, glittering Royal Palace and the National Museum's historical and archaeological exhibits. In more.
43 Myanmar Myanmar (formerly Burma) is a Southeast Asian nation of more than 100 ethnic groups, bordering India, Bangladesh, China, Laos and Thailand. Yangon (formerly Rangoon), the country's largest city, is home to bustling markets, numerous parks and lakes, and the towering, gilded Shwedagon Pagoda, which contains more.
44 Timor-Leste East Timor, officially the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, is a sovereign state in Maritime Southeast Asia. It comprises the eastern half of the island of Timor.
45 Brunei Brunei, officially the Nation of Brunei, the Abode of Peace, is a sovereign state located on the north coast of the island of Borneo in Southeast Asia.
46 Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzstan, officially the Kyrgyz Republic, formerly known as Kirghizia, is a landlocked country located in Central Asia.
47 Kazakhstan Kazakhstan, officially known as the Republic of Kazakhstan, is a country in northern Central Asia, with a sliver of its territory west of the Ural River extending into Eastern Europe.
48 Uzbekistan Uzbekistan is a landlocked country. It is one of two doubly landlocked countries in the world, a country completely surrounded by landlocked countries in Central Asia. more.
49 Tajikistan Tajikistan, officially the Republic of Tajikistan, is a mountainous, landlocked country in Central Asia with an estimated 8 million people in 2013, and an area of 143,100 km2.
50 Bhutan Bhutan, officially the Kingdom of Bhutan, is a landlocked country in South Asia at the eastern end of the Himalayas.
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