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The Social Capital Index

Social Capital Index: World Map

Global Social Capital Index

Social capital

The Social Capital of a nation is the sum of social stability and the well-being (perceived or real) of the entire population. Social Capital generates social cohesion and a certain level of consensus, which in turn delivers a stable environment for the economy, and prevents natural resources from being over-exploited.

In addition to local historical and cultural influences, the social consensus in a society is affected by several factors: health care systems and their universal availability/affordability (measuring physical health); income and asset equality, which are correlated to crime levels; demographic structure (to assess the future generational balance within a society); freedom of expression and freedom from fear; and the absence of violent conflicts. Only in these circumstances can the economy flourish, generate value, jobs and income for the population. The Socail Capital Index is based on indicators related to the following clusters:

Social Capital Clusters

 

 

The Social Capital Index 2021 – Key Observations

  • The Social Capital Index is topped by the Scandinavian nations
  • The top 20 in the Social Capital sub-index is dominated by Western European countries and the Baltics – only South Korea (13), Japan (15), and Singapore (16) break into the ranks
  • The United Arab Emirates is ranked 23, Saudi Arabia 52
  • The USA, due to comparable high crime rates, low availability of health services, and rising inequality, is ranked 95, just below Trinidad.
  • The UK is ranked 46, reflecting the deteriorating social fabric.
  • China is ranked 32, Russia 88, India 123, and Brazil 128
  • The highest ranked South American countries are Costa Rica (54), Ecuador (63) and Chile (68); the highest-ranking African nations are Burkina Faso (81). Niger (84) and Tunisia (86)
  • Most African nations, particular within and south of the Sahel zone, are at the bottom of this list, due to a combination of low availability of health care services and child mortality, limited freedom of expression, and unstable human rights situation

State of the World

Global Scores

Lowest
Global Average
Global Best
Ideal World

Global Trends

  • 59%
  • 15%
  • 32%

The global average Social Capital Score is 44; the global best 64 – a gap of 56 to a perfect state. Not surprisingly, the nations in the North (particularly Scandinavia) are significantly ahead of countries in the South (particular Africa and Central Asia).

53% of all indicators across all nations show positive development, while 32% are negative, while 25% do not show a clear trend in either direction. Given that more than 50% of the indicators show positive development, we can expect small positive changes in the future.

2021 Social Capital Ranking

RankCountryScore
1Iceland64.1
2Norway63.5
3Sweden62.4
4Finland62.3
5Belgium61.2
6Austria60.7
7Slovenia60.5
8Estonia60.4
9Denmark60.4
10Luxembourg59.8
11Maldives59.8
12Switzerland59.8
13South Korea59.6
14Portugal59.4
15Japan58.2
16Singapore58.2
17Netherlands57.9
18Czech Republic56.7
19Germany56.1
20New Zealand56.0
21Slovakia56.0
22Spain56.0
23United Arab Emirates55.8
24Ireland55.8
25Liechtenstein55.4
26France55.4
27Cyprus55.4
28Italy54.6
29Croatia54.5
30Timor-Leste54.1
31Australia54.1
32China53.8
33Poland53.7
34Bosnia and Herzegovina53.5
35Malta53.5
36Romania53.5
37Serbia53.4
38Lithuania53.4
39Armenia53.4
40Belarus53.1
41Qatar52.3
42Kuwait52.0
43Canada51.7
44Latvia51.4
45Kyrgistan51.2
46United Kingdom51.2
47Moldova50.9
48Greece50.7
49Uzbekistan50.5
50Kazakhstan50.3
51North Macedonia50.1
52Saudi Arabia50.0
53Brunei49.7
54Costa Rica49.7
55Montenegro49.1
56Bulgaria49.0
57Sri Lanka49.0
58Mongolia48.9
59Bhutan48.8
60Seychelles48.8
RankCountryScore
61Malaysia48.8
62Oman48.4
63Ecuador48.4
64Albania48.2
65Tajikistan47.7
66Georgia47.6
67Israel47.6
68Chile47.5
69Mauritius47.3
70Nepal46.7
71Peru46.2
72Lebanon46.2
73Argentina46.1
74Indonesia46.1
75Azerbaijan45.9
76Hungary45.8
77Thailand45.6
78Vietnam44.9
79El Salvador44.8
80Uruguay44.6
81Burkina Faso44.4
82Tonga44.3
83Panama44.0
84Niger44.0
85Ukraine43.9
86Tunisia43.8
87Russia43.7
88Bolivia43.7
89Senegal43.5
90Sao Tome and Principe43.4
91Turkey43.2
92Jordan43.1
93Bahrain42.7
94Trinidad and Tobago42.6
95USA42.5
96Libya42.3
97Paraguay42.2
98Nicaragua42.2
99Algeria42.1
100Solomon Islands41.9
101Grenada41.9
102Bangladesh41.8
103Philippines41.8
104Suriname41.5
105Jamaica41.0
106Iran40.9
107Malawi40.8
108Cuba40.8
109St. Kitts and Nevis40.8
110Ethiopia40.7
111Dominican Republic40.5
112Mali40.5
113Mexico40.4
114Sierra Leone39.9
115Ghana39.8
116Cameroon39.6
117Burma39.4
118Turkmenistan39.2
119Cambodia39.0
120Laos38.9
RankCountryScore
121Guyana38.8
122Dominica38.8
123India38.6
124Gabon38.6
125Rwanda38.6
126Equatorial Guinea38.3
127Papua New Guinea38.2
128Brazil37.8
129Kenya37.8
130Guinea37.8
131Colombia37.8
132Pakistan37.7
133Fiji37.7
134Gambia37.7
135Liberia37.5
136Mozambique37.4
137West Bank and Gaza37.4
138Kiribati37.3
139Belize37.2
140Uganda37.2
141Nigeria36.7
142Samoa36.7
143Bahamas36.5
144Vanuatu36.4
145Botswana36.3
146Venezuela36.2
147Namibia36.2
148Tanzania36.1
149Togo35.7
150Mauritania35.6
151South Sudan35.3
152Chad35.0
153Cote d'Ivoire34.9
154Burundi34.6
155Zambia34.5
156Syria34.3
157Morocco34.0
158Honduras33.9
159Angola33.9
160Haiti33.8
161Guinea-Bissau33.7
162Comoros33.6
163Zimbabwe33.5
164Micronesia33.4
165Djibouti33.2
166Eswatini33.2
167Republic of Congo33.0
168Lesotho32.7
169Eritrea32.7
170Guatemala32.7
171Democratic Republic of Congo32.6
172Benin32.5
173Sudan32.2
174Somalia32.1
175Madagascar32.1
176Afghanistan31.2
177South Africa31.1
178Egypt30.8
179Yemen30.4
180Iraq29.7
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