Europese topper: Norway
Aantal landen opgenomen in de ranking: 103
Broadly speaking, economic growth ensures more prosperity and greater well-being. This is not always the case, however. Moreover, there is economic, ecological and socially sustainable growth, or growth that shifts the bill – in pensions, debt, environmental pollution – to subsequent generations. In order to balance growth, inclusion and sustainability (ecological, economic and social), the World Economic Forum developed the Inclusive Development Index.
Known for their strong economic performance coupled with effective social protection, it will be little surprise that Norway heads the list. The rest of Scandinavia follows in their wake, as well as Luxembourg (3) and Switzerland (4). The Netherlands are doing excellently in 7th place, while our tricolour is only 14th.
We score particularly well in terms of labour productivity and a limited economic inequality, but again find the usual culprits. Our employment rate is in the first quintile (the lowest 20%), the debt ratio and dependency ratio (the number of pensioners against working age population) are hardly better.