The EU Social Progress Index (EU-SPI) is a measure of societal development and quality of life that goes beyond GDP. The Index compares social progress in different regions of the European Union using twelve components described by a total of fifty-five social and environmental indicators, purposefully excluding economic aspects.
In the first, 2016 edition of the index, Helsinki-Uusimaa ranked 7th. In 2020, only one European region, located in the north of Sweden, ranked higher than Helsinki-Uusimaa. Of the European capital city regions, Helsinki-Uusimaa obtained the highest rating. The region's strengths include: residents’ trust in their own rights, their tolerance towards other people, excellent conditions for higher education, access to information and an attractive environment.
Pre-pandemic data was used in the 2020 index. As of today, Finland is the best EU country in Bloomberg's COVID Resilience Ranking.
More information on EU-SPI is available on the European Commission's website.