The annual ranking was carried out by the United Nations in cooperation with the Bertelsmann Foundation
Finland ranked first in this year’s league table of sustainable development in more than 160 countries, according to a fresh report from the UN.
According to the ranking, Finland has achieved or is close to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals related to poverty alleviation, health, education, water, energy, reducing inequality, peace, and the rule of law. Finland’s greatest challenges are related to the fight against climate change, the need for more sustainable consumption and production patterns and halting biodiversity loss.
Finland has found itself among the top three countries in the rankings in previous years, but this was the first time it topped the list. Just behind Finland in the rankings was Sweden in second place, with Denmark in third.
Sustainable Development Report 2021.
Original press release by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.