No. 2 ranking on index makes Canada one of world’s best countries
Ottawa Citizen

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By Don Butler, Ottawa Citizen, June 28, 2016

If more of us would only use cell phones, Canada might be the best country in the world.

As it stands, we’re a not-too-shabby second on the newly released 2016 Social Progress Index, trailing only Finland and far ahead of the United States, a much richer nation that staggers in at No. 19.


Aside from our low number of cell phones per person, we also lag on the environmental quality measure, ranking 32nd overall – second to last among G7 countries, ahead of only the U.S. We’re dragged down by high greenhouse gas emissions (77th) and poor protection of our biodiversity and habitat (90th).