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Sustainable Competitiveness Index World Map 2020

The Global Sustainable Competitiveness Index

The Global Sustainable Competitiveness Index (GSCI) is the most comprehensive ranking of countries currently available. The GSCI measures competitiveness of countries based on 127 measurable, quantitative indicators derived from reliable sources, such as the World Bank, the IMF, and various UN agencies. The 127 indicators are grouped into 5 sub-indexes: Natural Capital, Resource Efficiency & Intensity, Intellectual Capital, Governance Efficiency, and Social Cohesion. More details on the methodology are available here.

Sustainable Competitiveness Model
  • Natural Capital: the given natural environment, including the availability of resources, and the level of the depletion of those resources.
  • Social Capital: health, security, freedom, equality and life satisfaction within a country.
  • Resource Efficiency & Intensity: the efficiency of using available resources as a measurement of operational competitiveness in a resource-constraint World.
  • Intellectual Capital & Inovation: the capability to generate wealth and jobs through innovation and value-added industries in the globalised markets
  • Governance Efficiency: Results of core state areas and investments – infrastructure, market and employment structure, the provision of a framework for sustained and sustainable wealth generation

The Sustainable Competitiveness Index 2020 Sustainability Scores - State of The World:

The Global average sustainable competitiveness score is 46.3 – less than 50% of the possible best score, while the currently leading nation, Sweden, achieves a score of 62: even the leading nations are far from being truly sustainable & competitive.

Global Average
Global Best
Ideal World

Global Status by Sub-Index

  • 48
  • 50
  • 45
  • 39
  • 50
  • 100

Global Trends

While 38% of all trends are deteriorating, 58% of all trends globally are improving.

Improving Trends
Detoriating Trends

Highlights and key take-aways from the GSCI 2020

  • Scandinavia keeps topping the GSCI: Sweden is leading the Sustainable Competitiveness Index, closely followed by Iceland, Denmark & Finland, while Norway is ranked 9
  • The top 20 are dominated by Northern European countries, including the Baltic states
  • Of the top twenty nations only one is not European – New Zealand on 11
  • Germany ranks 15, the UK 17
  • The World’s largest economy, the US, is ranked 32. The US ranks particularly low in resource efficiency, but also social capital – potentially undermining the global status of the US in the future
  • Of the large emerging economies (BRICs), China is ranked 37, Brazil 49, Russia 51, and India 130.
  • Some of the least developed nations have a considerable higher GSCI ranking than their GDP would suggest (e.g. Nepal, Guyana, Laos, Belize, …), namely thanks to high score in  the Natural Capital Index
  • Asian nations (South Korea, Japan, Singapore, and China) lead the Intellectual Capital Index – the fundament of innovation. However, achieving sustained prosperity in these countries might be compromised by Natural Capital constraints and current low resource efficiency
  • The Social Capital Index ranking is headed by Northern European (Scandinavian) countries, indicating that Social Cohesion is the result of economic growth combined with a country-wide social consensus
  • Sovereign bond ratings do not take into account the underlying sustainability factors; they only describe symptoms, not causes. It is high time that credit ratings do take into account the basis of sustained wealth, because sovereign credit ratings do not fully reflect investor risks.

Download the The Global Sustainable Competitiveness Index 2020 (PDF, 55 pages)

2020 Global Rankings

Rank CountryScore
1Sweden62.1
2Denmark60.1
3Iceland60.73
4Finland60.4
5Switzerland59.44
6Estonia59.38
7Latvia58.17
8Luxembourg57.95
9Norway57.68
10Croatia57.18
11New Zealand57.16
12Liechtenstein57.05
13Ireland56.75
14Austria56.67
15United Kingdom56.12
16Slovenia55.9
17Lithuania55.86
18France55.51
19Czech Republic55.16
20Portugal54.97
21Slovakia54.93
22Germany54.57
23Romania54.49
24Hungary52.88
25Netherlands52.86
26Poland52.84
27Costa Rica52.6
28Japan52.47
29Belgium52.12
30Uruguay51.99
31Spain51.83
32USA51.66
33Italy51.6
34Bulgaria51.56
35South Korea51.35
36Canada51.28
37Georgia51.23
38Malta50.86
39China50.83
40Serbia50.72
41Chile50.57
42Bosnia and Herzegovina50.46
43Macedonia50.41
44Singapore50.31
45Australia50.21
46Bolivia50.01
47Greece49.96
48Russia49.94
49Peru49.92
50Moldova49.76
51Paraguay49.7
52Mauritius49.45
53Nepal49.41
54Brazil49.05
55Bhutan49.02
56Timor-Leste48.92
57Israel48.9
58Guyana48.67
59Belarus48.56
60Ghana48.48
Rank CountryScore
61Uzbekistan48.36
62Belize48.17
63Montenegro48.06
64Argentina48.06
65Maldives48.01
66Thailand47.59
67Cyprus47.56
68Indonesia47.44
69Albania47.43
70Colombia47.4
71Armenia47.24
72Kazakhstan47.1
73Malaysia47.04
74Brunei47.04
75Ethiopia47.02
76Ukraine46.69
77Fiji46.65
78Kyrgistan46.61
79Ecuador46.58
80Suriname46.53
81Kenya46.52
82Laos46.46
83Mexico46.36
84Turkey46.3
85Panama46.27
86Sri Lanka46.25
87Tonga46.09
88Cameroon45.97
89Burma45.92
90Cambodia45.86
91Vietnam45.79
92Cuba45.61
93Iran45.35
94Dominica45.28
95Cote d'Ivoire45.27
96Samoa45.15
97Azerbaijan45.07
98Sao Tome and Principe44.97
99Venezuela44.75
100Tajikistan44.75
101El Salvador44.72
102Philippines44.7
103Solomon Islands44.6
104United Arab Emirates44.52
105Democratic Republic of Congo44.48
106Dominican Republic44.46
107Nicaragua44.09
108Saudi Arabia44.05
109Gabon43.89
110Mongolia43.78
111Mozambique43.71
112Sierra Leone43.4
113Tanzania43.39
114Vanuatu43.33
115Bangladesh43.29
116Bahamas43.13
117Swaziland43.07
118Senegal43
119Cape Verde42.97
120Papua New Guinea42.87
Rank CountryScore
121Kiribati42.74
122Grenada42.55
123Zimbabwe42.55
124Jamaica42.5
125Burkina Faso42.43
126Micronesia42.36
127India42.36
128St. Kitts and Nevis42.23
129Botswana42.21
130Honduras42.17
131Guinea41.97
132Tunisia41.88
133Morocco41.84
134Libya41.75
135Seychelles41.74
136Republic of Congo41.72
137Oman41.62
138Guatemala41.61
139Rwanda41.57
140Gambia41.53
141Togo41.53
142Djibouti41.4
143Liberia41.37
144Lesotho41.31
145Bahrain41.3
146Kuwait41.15
147Algeria41.1
148Zambia41.09
149Nigeria40.93
150Qatar40.91
151Benin40.78
152Equatorial Guinea40.75
153Trinidad and Tobago40.75
154Namibia40.59
155Niger40.4
156Angola40.32
157South Africa39.91
158Malawi39.9
159Mali39.62
160Jordan39.52
161Guinea-Bissau39.38
162Madagascar39
163Sudan39
164Turkmenistan38.98
165Egypt38.94
166Comoros38.55
167Burundi38.41
168Syria37.98
169Lebanon37.93
170West Bank and Gaza37.78
171Uganda37.55
172Chad37.13
173Central African Republic36.94
174Pakistan36.1
175Eritrea35.85
176Haiti35.54
177Mauritania35.13
178Afghanistan34.95
179Yemen34.93
180Iraq33.89

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