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 comparisons in which Finland is one of the best in the world. The list was last time updated on 5 December 2018, when Finland was for the last day one hundred years old.

Society

Finland is the most stable country in the world.
The Fund for Peace, Fragile States Index 2018

Finland is the freest country in the world together with Sweden and Norway.
Freedom House, Freedom in the World 2018

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

Finland is the fourth best country in the world.
The Good Country Index, Results

Finland has the best governance in the world.
Legatum Institute, The Legatum Prosperity Index 2018: Finland

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 least organised crime in the world.
World Economic Forum, The Global Competitiveness Report 2018: Organized crime

Next to Norwegians and Icelanders, Finns feel the second least insecure in the world.
Gallup, Law and Order Index 2018

Finland’s judicial system is the most independent in the world.
World Economic Forum, The Global Competitiveness Report 2018: Judicial independence

After Danes, Finns vote in the freest and most reliable elections.
Pippa Norris, Thomas Wynter and Sarah Cameron, Electoral Integrity & Campaign Media: The Electoral Integrity Project 2018 mid-year update (The Electoral Integrity Project, University of Sydney & Harvard University)

Finland has the third least corruption in the world.
Transparency International, Corruption Perceptions Index 2017

Finland is the third most prosperous country in the world.
Legatum Institute, The Legatum Prosperity Index 2018: Finland

Protection of property rights in Finland is the best in the world.
World Economic Forum (WEF), The Global Competitiveness Report 2018: Property Rights

Availability of official information in Finland is the best in the EU.
Center for data innovation, The State of data innovation in the EU: Freedom of information

Finnish banks are the soundest in the world.
World Economic Forum, The Global Competitiveness Report 2018: Soundness of banks

Finland’s pension system is the third best in the world. (34 countries in the comparison).
Mercer, Melbourne Mercer Global Pension Index 2018

Finland has the third most personal freedom and choice in the world.
The Social Progress Imperative, 2018 Social Progress Index: Finland

Finland has the fourth best press freedom in the world.
Reporters Without Borders, 2018 World Press Freedom Index: Ranking

After Denmark and Sweden, Finland is the most socially just EU country.
D. Schraad-Tischler & C. Schiller: Social Justice in the EU – Index Report 2017 (Bertelsmann Stiftung 2017)

Among the world’s richest countries, Finland is the third most dedicated to policies that benefit people living in poorer nations.
Centre for Global Development, The Commitment to Development Index 2018 (CDI)

Finland is the best country in the world in a comparison of human wellbeing.
Sustainable Society Index, Main results 2016

Finland is the third best country in adhering to the rule of law in the world.
The World Justice Project, Rule of Law Index 2017–2018

Finland is the best country in protecting fundamental human rights in the world.
The World Justice Project, Rule of Law Index 2017–2018

Satisfaction and trust

Finland is the happiest country in the world.
Sustainable Development Solutions Network, World Happiness Report 2018

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 are the most satisfied with their accommodation in the EU.
Eurostat, Percentage of the population rating their satisfaction as high, medium or low

Among EU citizens, Finns are the second most common to have someone to rely on in case of need.
Eurostat, Persons having someone to rely on in case of need.

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 news the most in the world. (37 countries in the comparison).
Reuters Institute, Digital News Report 2018

Finns' trust in other people is the highest in Europe.
European Commission, Fairness, inequality and inter-generational mobility: Social Capital: Trust in people

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

Equality

Finland is the third most gender equal country in the world.
World Economic Forum, Global Gender Gap Index 2017

Participation of genders in working life in Finland is the second most equal in the EU.
European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE), Gender Equality Index 2017: Work / Participation 

Finnish women's gender equality in working life is the fourth best in the world.
The Economist, The Glass-Ceiling Index 2018

In Finland, power is divided between genders the third most equally in the EU.
European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE), Gender Equality Index 2017: Power    

Finland has the third most female MPs in European countries.
Inter-Parliamentatary Union (IPU), Women in Politics 2017

Finland has the second lowest poverty rate in OECD countries.
OECD, Poverty rate

Finland has the fifth lowest income differences in OECD countries.
OECD, Income inequality

Environment and energy

The air in Finland is the cleanest in the world.
Finnish Meteorological Institute, Finland tops WHO air quality statistics

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

The risk to be exposed to natural disasters is lowest in the world in Finland together with Bahrain, São Tomé and Príncipe and Singapore.
Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) and the European Commission, INFORM Global Risk Index Results 2018

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

Finland has the third most wetlands in Europe.
Eurostat, Wetlands cover 2% of the EU's land

The share of renewable energy of total energy consumption is the second biggest in Finland of EU countries.
Eurostat, Share of energy from renewable sources in the EU Member States

Education and human capital

Finland has the most human capital in the world.
The Lancet, Measuring human capital: a systematic analysis of 195 countries and territories, 1990–2016

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

Education in Finland answers to future needs the third best in the world.
Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) & Yidan Prize, Worldwide Educating for the Future Index

Finland is placed third in a comparison of lifelong learning in EU countries.
European Commission, European Innovation Scoreboard 2018: Lifelong learning

Finnish adults are the third best in literacy and numeracy of OECD countries.
OECD, How's Life? 2017: Measuring Well-being, Education and skills: adult skills

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 (WEF), Global Information Technology Report 2016: Networked Readiness Index

Finland has EU's best digital public services.
European Commission, The Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) 2018: Finland

Finland has the strongest digital knowledge capital in Europe.
<European Commission, The Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) 2018: Finland

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

Finns use most mobile data per subscription.
OECD, Digital Economy Outlook 2017

Finnish enterprises are most likely to have their own website of OECD countries.
OECD, Digital Economy Outlook 2017

Finland is the third best country for business in Europe.
European Chamber, Best European countries for business 2018

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

Corporate ethics in Finland is the second best in the world.
World Economic Forum (WEF), The Global Competitiveness Report 2017–2018: Corporate Ethics

Finland is the second best country in the field of clean technology. (40 countries in the comparison.)
WWF & Cleantech Group, The Global Cleantech Innovation Index 2017

Finland's sustainable competitiveness is the fourth best in the world.
SolAbility, The Global Sustainable Competitiveness Index 2017

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 fifth most secure childhood in the world.
Save the Children, The Many Faces of Exclusion: End of Childhood, Report 2018

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 second best in literacy and the third 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 25 countries in life expectancy at birth. Differences at the top are small.
WHO, Life expectancy

Finland has the least underweight (under 2,500 g) children born of OECD countries.
OECD, Low birth weight

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 together with Greece, Iceland and Poland.
WHO, World Health Statistics 2018: 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 second lowest total mortality from cancer in EU countries.
OECD, Health at a Glance: Europe 2018: Mortality from cancer

Finnish adults are the second least likely to smoke of EU countries.
OECD, Health at a Glance: Europe 2018: Adults smoking daily

Finland's share of actively exercising people is bigger than in any other EU country.
Eurostat, How much do Europeans exercise?

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 the second most appealing city in the world for startups.
Nestpick, Startup Cities Index

Helsinki is the most equal city in Europe. (33 cities in the comparison).
Spotahome, Equality in Europe

Helsinki is fifth best in the ability to compete for talented workforce.
INSEAD, Global Cities Talent Competitiveness Index 2018 Rankings

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 2016

Of European big cities, Helsinki is the easiest and most pleasant to get around in. (20 cities in the comparison).
Politico, Urban Mobility 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

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

Finns drink the most milk per person in the world.
Dairy Nutrition Council, Maidon kulutus maailmalla 2015 (Milk consumption in the world in 2015)

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 sixth best in a comparison of 80 countries.
Education First (EF), EF English Proficiency Index

The Finnish passport has the third most influence in the world.
Passport Index, Global Passport Power Rank 2018

Finland has the second most islands in the world.
WorldAtlas, Which Country Has the Most Islands?

Finland has the most heavy metal bands per inhabitant in the world.
Big Think, A World Map of Heavy Metal Density

Last updated 5 Dec 2018