Finland among the best in the world

Finland is a small country on a global scale. The population of Finland makes up just 0.07 per cent of the world's population and its area as much of the total world area. But even a small country can jump to the top of the world, and this is what Finland has done: in international country comparisons of positive things Finland is often among the top countries next to other Nordic countries.

In honour of Finland's centenary celebrations, we collected a list of these comparisons in which Finland is one of the best in the world. The comparisons speak for themselves: Finland is a good country.

Safety and society

Finland is the most stable country in the world.
The Fund for Peace, Fragile States Index 2017

Finland is the safest country in the world.
World Economic Forum, The Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report 2017

Finland has the best governance in the world.
Legatum Institute, The Legatum Prosperity Index 2016: Finland

Finland has the least organised crime in the world.
World Economic Forum, The Global Competitiveness Report 2016–2017: Organized crime

Finland’s judicial system is the most independent in the world.
World Economic Forum, The Global Competitiveness Report 2016–2017: Judicial independence

Next to Danes, Finns vote in the freest and most reliable elections.
Pippa Norris and Max Grömping, Populist threats to electoral integrity: The Year in Elections, 2016-2017 (The Electoral Integrity Project, University of Sydney & Harvard University)

Next to Sweden and Norway, Finland is the freest country in the world.
Freedom House, Freedom in the World 2017

Finland's police and internal security as a whole are the second best in the world.
The International Police Science Association, World Internal Security and Police Index

Finland has the third least corruption in the world.
Transparency International, Corruption Perceptions Index 2016

Finnish banks are the soundest in the world.
World Economic Forum, The Global Competitiveness Report 2016-2017: Soundness of banks

Finland has the third best press freedom in the world.
Reporters Without Borders, 2017 World Press Freedom Index: Ranking

Finland is the second best country in social progress in the world.
The Social Progress Imperative, 2017 Social Progress Index: Finland

After Sweden, Finland is the most socially just EU country.
D. Schraad-Tischler & C. Schiller: Social Justice in the EU – Index Report 2016 (Bertelsmann Stiftung 2016)

Finland is the second best country in the world in a comparison of human wellbeing.Reporters Without Borders, 2017 World Press Freedom Index: Ranking

Finland is the third best country in adhering to the rule of law in the world.
The World Justice Project, Rule of Law Index 2016

Next to Denmark, Finland is the best country in protecting fundamental human rights in the world.
The World Justice Project, Rule of Law Index 2016

Satisfaction and trust

Finland is the fifth happiest country in the world.
World Economic Forum, The world's happiest countries in 2016

Finns are the second most satisfied with their life among Europeans.
Eurostat, Percentage of the population rating their satisfaction as high, medium or low

Finns' trust in the police is the highest and in the political system and in the legal system the second highest in Europe.
Eurostat, Average rating of trust

Finns' trust in other people is the second highest in Europe.
Eurostat, Average rating of trust

In Finland, consumers' confidence in the economy is strongest in Europe.
European Commission, Business and consumer surveys

Equality

Finland is the second most gender equal country in the world.
World Economic Forum, Global Gender Gap Index 2016

Finland has the smallest difference in the employment rates of women and men in EU countries.
Eurofound, The gender employment gap: Challenges and solutions

Finnish women's gender equality in working life is the 4th best in the world.
The Economist, The Glass-Ceiling Index 2017

Finland has the fourth lowest poverty rate in OECD countries.
OECD, Society at a Glance 2016: Poverty

Finland has the fifth lowest income differences in OECD countries.
OECD, Society at a Glance 2016: Income inequality

Environment

Finland leads a comparison describing the development and state of the environment in the world.
Yale University, Environmental performance index

Finland is the water richest country in the world.
Keele University, The Water Poverty Index: an International Comparison

Finland's water consumption in relation to renewable water resources is the fifth lowest in the world.
C. Kroll, Sustainable Development Goals: Are the rich countries ready? (Bertelmann Stiftung 2015)

The risk to be exposed to natural disasters is lowest in the world in Finland.
Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) and the European Commission, INFORM Index for Risk Management Results 2017

Finland has the most forests in Europe.
FAO, Global Forest Resources Assessment

Human capital

Finland has the most human capital in the world.
World Economic Forum, The Human Capital Report: Human Capital Index 2016  

Finland's primary education is the best in the world. 
World Economic Forum, The Global Competitiveness Report 2016-2017: Primary Education

Finland ranks as the top OECD country in education.
OECD, Better Life Index: Education

Finland is the most literate country in the world.
J. W. Miller and M. C. McKenna, World's Most Literate Nations: Rank Breakdown

Finns are the second biggest library users in Europe.
The European Bureau of Library, Public Libraries – Statistics

Information society and competitiveness

Finland is the second best in the world in using information and communication technologies to boost competitiveness and well-being.
World Economic Forum, Networked Readiness Index

The supply of public online services in Finland is the second best in Europe.
European Commission, The Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) 2017

Relative to the population, Finland has the third most professionals working in research and development.
Bloomberg, Bloomberg 2017 Innovation Index

Finland has the strongest digital knowledge capital in Europe.
European Commission, The Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) 2017

Finland is the third in the world in an innovation comparison.
World Economic Forum, The Global Competitiveness Report 2016-2017: Innovation

Finland has the second most wireless mobile broadband subscriptions per 100 persons in OECD countries.
OECD, Wireless mobile broadband subscriptions

Finns use most mobile data per subscription. (32 countries in the comparison).
Tefficient, Industry analysis 5/2016

Finland has the third best economic environment for business growth.
Grant Thornton, Global Dynamism Index 2015

Finland is the third most competitive country in the world.
SolAbility, The Global Sustainable Competitiveness Index 2016

Children's well-being and school attendance

Finland has the second lowest inequality among children in the world.
UNICEFFairness for Children: A league table of inequality in child well-being in rich countries

Finland is the second best country to be a girl in the world.
Save the Children, Every last girl: Girl’s opportunity index

Finnish children have the third most secure childhood in the world.
Save the Children, Stolen Childhood: End of Childhood, Report 2017

Young people (aged 11 to 15) in Finland are the fourth satisfied with their life among young people in welfare countries.
UNICEF, Child Well-being in Rich Countries: A comparative overview

Finns aged 15 are the third most satisfied with their lives among same-age young people in OECD countries.
OECD, PISA 2015 Results, Students’ Well-Being

Finnish fourth graders' knowledge of science is the second best in OECD countries.
M. O. Mullis, I. V. S. Mullis, P. Foy and M. Hooper, TIMSS 2015 International Results in Science

Finns aged 15 are among OECD countries the 2nd best in literacy and the 3rd best in science.
Ministry of Education and Culture, PISA 2015: Finnish youth still at the top despite the drop

Health

Finland is among the world’s top 20 countries in life expectancy at birth. Differences at the top are small.
WHO, Life expectancy

Mothers' and children's well-being in Finland is the second best in the world.
Save the Children, State of the World´s Mothers 2015, 16th annual report

Finland has the world's third lowest infant mortality rate (deaths at the age of under one year).
UN, SDG Indicators, Infant mortality rate

Maternal mortality is the lowest in the world in Finland.
WHO, World Health Statistics 2017: Monitoring health for the SDGs

The second lowest number of children weighing under 2.5 kg are born in Finland in OECD countries.
OECD, Health at a Glance 2015. Infant health: Low birth weight

Finland has the third lowest total mortality from cancer in OECD countries.
OECD, Health at a Glance 2015. Mortality from cancer

Capital city

Helsinki is the third best city to live in. (65 cities in the comparison).
Metropolis, The Best Cities to Live in (2016)

People living in Helsinki have the highest satisfaction with the place where they live, alongside with people living in Stockholm.
European Commission, Quality of Life in European Cities 2015

Helsinki is third best in the ability to compete for talented workforce.
INSEAD, Global Cities Talent Competitiveness Index 2017 Rankings: Top Ten

Helsinki is the third best city in terms of technology, innovation and entrepreneurship. (40 cities in the comparison).
J. Gibson, M. Robinson & S. Cain, CITIE – City Initiatives for Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Nesta, Accenture & Catapult 2015)

Among European cities, Helsinki is the fourth best in supporting digital enterprises and entrepreneurs.
Nesta, European Digital City Index

People living in Helsinki are the second most satisfied with cultural facilities among inhabitants of EU capital cities.
Eurostat, Satisfaction with cultural facilities in EU capital cities
Helsinki is the most honest city in the world.
Readers Digest, Most Honest Cities

The Helsinki-Vantaa airport is the best in the world.
Lonely Planet, Helsinki takes the world’s best airport award for 2016

And in these we are also at the top of the world

Finland has the third most space per person in Europe.
Eurostat, Population density, persons per km²

Food in Finland is the cleanest in Europe.
European Food Safety Authority, The 2015 European Union report on pesticide residues in food

Finns drink most coffee per person in the world.
International Coffee Organization, Coffee Trade Statistics

Finland has the most Summer Olympics medals per capita.
Medals per Capita, Total Medals per Capita: All Time (Summer)

Finnish adults' English skills are the fifth best in a comparison of 72 countries.
Education First (EF), The world's largest ranking of countries by English skills

The Finnish passport has the third most influence in the world. With one you can travel to 175 countries without a visa.
Henley & Partners, Visa Restriction Index

Finland is the third best travel destination in the world in 2017.
Lonely Planet, Best in Travel 2017: Top Countries

 

 

Last updated 12 Jul 2017

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