Global Wellbeing Indicators


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Wellbeing in the G20

How has wellbeing in the G20 changed in the past year (2019 to 2020)?

The average GWI score for the G20 decreased by 1 point (from 457 to 456) between 2019 and 2020. South Korea showed the largest increase in GWI score between 2019 and 2020 (7 points). India showed the largest decrease (-7 points).

3 countries showed progress between 2019 and 2020

Only 3 countries in the G20 showed an increase in GWI score between 2019 and 2020 – South Korea, Japan and South Africa.

Environmental Protection showed the biggest drop between 2019 and 2020

Of the 17 global indicators that make up the Global Wellbeing Indicator, the biggest drop between 2019 and 2020 in the G20 was seen in Environment Protection.

Environment Protection dropped by -5.0 points.

Across the indicators, scores remained relatively stable, with small gains in Level of peace/violence and Social capital.

Wellbeing in the Nordic Nations

How does wellbeing in the Nordic nations compare to the rest of the world?

The five Nordic nations of Denmark, Norway, Iceland, Finland, and Sweden are often referenced when talking about wellbeing and how nations look after their citizens. Here we look at how this is reflected in the data, and what differentiates the Nordic nations from others.

In 2020, the five Nordic countries were in the top seven highest scoring nations.

In 2020, Denmark ranked top with a GWI score of 598.

Only Switzerland (ranked 4th) and New Zealand (ranked 6th) were able to split the Scandinavian pack.

The five Nordic nations outperform the G20 in all 17 indicators.

The Nordic nations score higher at all levels of wellbeing compared to the G20.

The biggest differences are in Strength and Stability of the State, Individual Freedom and lack of Corruption.

It is notable that all 4 of the indicators at Level 4, which relate to freedom, are much higher in the Nordic nations than in G20.

Wellbeing in the USA

How has wellbeing in the USA evolved during the last presidency?

This visualisation shows how the GWI score and the global ranking for the USA has changed between 2016 and 2020 (the latest data that we have) and how the scores for the 17 global indicators changed over the same period.

Between 2016 and 2020, the USA has dropped from 22nd to 26th in global ranking

In 2016, the USA had a GWI score of 530 (ranking 22nd globally), by 2020, the GWI had dropped to 511 (ranking 26th globally).

There are few areas of improvement

Small gains were seen in Social Capital (+1.2), Happiness (+0.8) and Business Support (+0.7).

Although Gender Equality in the USA showed a marginal increase in score (+0.2), it dropped 10 in global ranking, showing the lagging progress made in this area.

The largest drop in score was seen in Environment Protection (-15.4), although this saw a small increase in ranking (+2).

Strength, stability and legitimacy of state was another area with a large decrease in score (-7.9) with a corresponding drop of 10 places in the global ranking.

Wellbeing in South Korea

How did the GWI in South Korea evolve between 2019 and 2020?

This visualisation shows how each of the 17 global indicators of the GWI in South Korea changed between 2019 and 2020.

In 2020, South Korea had a GWI score of 506, ranking 27th in the world

Between 2019 and 2020, South Korea's GWI score went from 498 to 506, an increase of of 8 points. It also rose from 30th to 27th in global ranking.

Between 2019 and 2020 South Korea saw the largest gain in Environment Protection.

Environment Protection saw an increase in score of +4.2 and an increase in rank by 24 places - the increase in rank is indicative of the regression that we saw globally in Environment Protection, with South Korea being one of the few countries that made progress in this area in the past year.

This visualisation shows the change in ranking of the 17 indicators in South Korea between 2019 and 2020.

We see that for many indicators, South Korea has remained stable in their ranking over the past year.

Education and Health infrastructure are two areas in with South Korea is overperforming, ranking 2nd and 3rd in the world respectively in the past two years.

Gender Equality and Social Capital continue to lag despite progress

The two biggest underperforming indicators for South Korea are Gender Equality and Social Capital.
There have been improvements made in both of these areas over the past year.

Wellbeing in the OECD

How did wellbeing in the OECD change between 2019 to 2020?

These visualisations compare the GWI scores for the OECD nations in 2020 and how they changed from 2019 to 2020, and how the averages of each of the 17 global indicators for the OECD nations have changed.

The overall wellbeing in the OECD stayed roughly the same between 2019 and 2020.

The GWI score for the OECD nations stayed at 532 between 2019 and 2020, however, some nations showed significant improvements and other nations showed significant regressions.

South Korea and Greece made the largest improvements

Although Denmark and Norway ranked top of all the OECD countries, South Korea and Greece saw the biggest gains between 2019 and 2020. Their GWI score increased by 7 and 4 respectively. Conversely, New Zealand and France showed the largest decrease in their GWI score.

This visualisation shows how the averages of each of the 17 global indicators for the OECD nations have changed.

The OECD broadly stable across the 17 indicators

The overall GWI score for the OECD nations stayed the same and this is reflected in the performance of the 17 indicators. However, there are some small changes that are seen.

Level of peace/violence increased by +1.8, Gender Equality by +1.0 and Social Capital by +0.9.

The largest decrease was seen in Environment Protection, -2.2.





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