• Reuters


Japan leads the world in health and wellness but was pulled down by other indicators in a global index that ranks countries by social and environmental performance in a drive to make social progress a priority for politicians and businesses. The top country overall is New Zealand.

The Social Progress Index, published Thursday, rates 132 countries on more than 50 indicators, including health, sanitation, shelter, personal safety, access to information, sustainability, tolerance and inclusion, and access to education.

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