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Nordic Countries Most Committed to Development (US News & World Report)

September 6, 2017

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People in Nordic countries aren't just among the happiest – they're some of the most generous, too, giving a large share of their incomes to international aid efforts and supporting government and business investment in developing countries, according to a new report from the Center for Global Development.

DenmarkSweden and Finland top this year's Commitment to Development Index, an annual ranking of 27 of the wealthiest nations in the world by how well their policies help people in developing countries. The index takes seven measures into account – aid, finance, technology, trade, environment, security and migration – adjusting each country's final score for the size of its gross domestic product.

These "robust, reliable and informative indicators" measure a nation's commitment to development, says Ian Mitchell, the study's lead author and the CGD's European economic and developmental policies expert. It's important to look at broad policy items, he adds, because countries may score particularly well in general indicators such as aid, and more poorly in others, including environment and technology.

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Deputy Director for CGD Europe and Senior Policy Fellow