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Is India among most socially advanced countries?

Last updated on: April 30, 2013 11:32 IST

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The Social Progress Index is a new metric that measures progress through fulfillment of basic human needs rather than traditional indicators of economic growth, according to the Business Insider.

The index, designed by a team led by Harvard Business School Professor Michael Porter, ranks countries on social and environmental measures that underline wellbeing and opportunity, it says.

Let's take a look at most socially advanced countries in the world and see where India ranks.

Source: socialprogressimperative.org

Note: Basic human needs include medical care, sanitation, shelter and security. Wellbeing score includes access to knowledge, information, health and sustainability. Opportunity score includes personal rights, freedom and choice and equity and inclusion.

India

Social Progress Index score: 39.51

Basic human needs score: 40.24

Wellbeing score: 41.6

Opportunity score: 36.67

Global rank: 43

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Image: Tourists carry earthen pitchers on their heads as they participate in 'Matka Race' near Bikaner in Rajasthan.
Photographs: Stringer/Reuters

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Sweden

Social Progress Index score: 64.81

Basic human needs score: 64.81

Wellbeing score: 61.73

Opportunity score: 69.09

Global rank: 1

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Image: A view of Stockholm in Sweden.
Photographs: Ints Kalnins/Reuters
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The United Kingdom

Social Progress Index score: 63.41

Basic human needs score: 62.76

Wellbeing score: 62.57

Opportunity score: 64.91

Global rank: 2

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Image: Houses of Parliament and the London Eye in central London, United Kingdom.
Photographs: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

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Switzerland

Social Progress Index score: 63.28

Basic human needs score: 63.83

Wellbeing score: 62.58

Opportunity score: 63.43

Global rank: 3

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Image: Zurich's main shopping street Bahnhofstrasse in Switzerland.
Photographs: Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

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Canada

Social Progress Index score: 62.63

Basic human needs score: 63.85

Wellbeing score: 55.74

Opportunity score: 68.3

Global rank: 4

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Image: A worker cleans away snow around the Centennial Flame on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada.
Photographs: Christopher Pike/Reuters
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Germany

Social Progress Index score: 62.47

Basic human needs score: 64.76

Wellbeing score: 61.42

Opportunity score: 61.24

Global rank: 5

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Image: Frankfurt's skyline on the banks of Main river in Germany.
Photographs: Lisi Niesner/Reuters
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The United States

Social Progress Index score: 61.56

Basic human needs score: 62.26

Wellbeing score: 52.49

Opportunity score: 69.92

Global rank: 6

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Image: A view of the downtown area in Los Angeles, United States.
Photographs: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

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Australia

Social Progress Index score: 61.26

Basic human needs score: 60.67

Wellbeing score: 54.44

Opportunity score: 68.67

Global rank: 7

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Image: An outdoor shopping mall in Melbourne, Australia.
Photographs: Mick Tsikas/Reuters

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Japan

Social Progress Index score: 61.01

Basic human needs score: 66.04

Wellbeing score: 59.51

Opportunity score: 57.49

Global rank: 8

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Image: Mt Fuji, covered with snow, is seen through Shinjuku skyscrapers in Tokyo, Japan.
Photographs: Kimimasa Mayama/Reuters
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France

Social Progress Index score: 60.7

Basic human needs score: 61.04

Wellbeing score: 59.97

Opportunity score: 61.08

Global rank: 9

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Image: People walk past the Printemps department store in Paris, France.
Photographs: Charles Platiau/Reuters
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Spain

Social Progress Index score: 60.43

Basic human needs score: 58.98

Wellbeing score: 57.97

Opportunity score: 64.34

Global rank: 10

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Image: Tourists stroll along Barcelona's harbour in Spain.
Photographs: Gustau Nacarino/Reuters
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South Korea

Social Progress Index score: 59.86

Basic human needs score: 62.16

Wellbeing score: 58.84

Opportunity score: 58.57

Global rank: 11

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Image: Part of Gangnam area is seen down the Han River in Seoul, South Korea.
Photographs: Lee Jae-Won/Reuters

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Costa Rica

Social Progress Index score: 57.36

Basic human needs score: 54.75

Wellbeing score: 54.9

Opportunity score: 62.43

Global rank: 12

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Image: Red Metal Church in Grecia, Costa Rica.
Photographs: Juan Carlos Ulate/Reuters
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Poland

Social Progress Index score: 56.92

Basic human needs score: 56.58

Wellbeing score: 56.55

Opportunity score: 57.63

Global rank: 13

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Image: A view of the Parliament building in Warsaw, Poland.
Photographs: Slawomir Kaminski/Agencja Gazeta/Reuters
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Chile

Social Progress Index score: 56.6

Basic human needs score: 56.61

Wellbeing score: 54.89

Opportunity score: 58.31

Global rank: 14

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Image: A view of Santiago in Chile.
Photographs: Victor Ruiz Caballero/Reuters
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Argentina

Social Progress Index score: 56.32

Basic human needs score: 51.84

Wellbeing score: 55.7

Opportunity score: 61.41

Global rank: 15

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Image: A view of Buenos Aires' 9 de Julio Avenue with the Obelisk in the background, Argentina.
Photographs: Enrique Marcarian/Reuters

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Israel

Social Progress Index score: 54.79

Basic human needs score: 54.19

Wellbeing score: 59.16

Opportunity score: 51.03

Global rank: 16

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Image: A cafe in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Photographs: Baz Ratner/Reuters
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Bulgaria

Social Progress Index score: 54.08

Basic human needs score: 58.4

Wellbeing score: 51.93

Opportunity score: 51.9

Global rank: 17

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Image: A street in downtown Sofia, Bulgaria.
Photographs: Stoyan Nenov/Reuters
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Brazil

Social Progress Index score: 52.27

Basic human needs score: 48.24

Wellbeing score: 51.6

Opportunity score: 56.95

Global rank: 18

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Image: A view of Refice in northeast Brazil.
Photographs: Bruno Domingos/Reuters
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The United Arab Emirates

Social Progress Index score: 50.89

Basic human needs score: 60.12

Wellbeing score: 45.38

Opportunity score: 47.16

Global rank: 19

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Image: A view of Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Photographs: Jumana El Heloueh/Reuters

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Turkey

Social Progress Index score: 50.69

Basic human needs score: 57.8

Wellbeing score: 51.54

Opportunity score: 42.75

Global rank: 20

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Image: A view of Istanbul's financial district in Turkey.
Photographs: Murad Sezer/Reuters
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Colombia

Social Progress Index score: 50.52

Basic human needs score: 45.43

Wellbeing score: 50.51

Opportunity score: 55.63

Global rank: 21

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Image: A view of illuminated decorations at Monserrate church in Bogota, Colombia.
Photographs: John Vizcaino/Reuters
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Dominican Republic

Social Progress Index score: 50.52

Basic human needs score: 48.2

Wellbeing score: 49.8

Opportunity score: 53.55

Global rank: 22

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Image: A view of the Palace of Fine Arts in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
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Thailand

Social Progress Index score: 50.28

Basic human needs score: 54.99

Wellbeing score: 46.92

Opportunity score: 48.93

Global rank: 23

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Image: A skytrain passes over vehicles in Bangkok, Thailand.
Photographs: Kerek Wongsa/Reuters
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Peru

Social Progress Index score: 50

Basic human needs score: 46.59

Wellbeing score: 51.89

Opportunity score: 51.53

Global rank: 24

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Image: Tourists take pictures of the San Francisco Monastery in Lima, Peru.
Photographs: Enrique Castro-Mendivil/Reuters
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Mexico

Social Progress Index score: 49.73

Basic human needs score: 49.33

Wellbeing score: 50.79

Opportunity score: 49.08

Global rank: 25

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Image: Ice skaters on a rink in Mexico City's Zocalo Square.
Photographs: Edgard Garrido/Reuters
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The Philippines

Social Progress Index score: 49.41

Basic human needs score: 45.75

Wellbeing score: 50.76

Opportunity score: 51.72

Global rank: 26

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Image: A night view of Manila's Makati financial district in the Philippines.
Photographs: Cheryl Ravelo/Reuters
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Paraguay

Social Progress Index score: 49.24

Basic human needs score: 46.97

Wellbeing score: 47.49

Opportunity score: 53.25

Global rank: 27

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Image: Lapacho trees, Paraguay's national tree, in bloom in Asuncion, Paraguay.
Photographs: Jorge Adorno/Reuters
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Tunisia

Social Progress Index score: 48.61

Basic human needs score: 50.09

Wellbeing score: 50.81

Opportunity score: 44.91

Global rank: 28

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Image: A cafe in Tunis, Tunisia.
Photographs: Anis Mili/Reuters
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Georgia

Social Progress Index score: 48.56

Basic human needs score: 53

Wellbeing score: 52.09

Opportunity score: 40.58

Global rank: 29


Image: A view of the Presidential Palace in Tbilisi, Georgia.
Photographs: David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters
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