Canada comes off pretty well in a new report measuring countries' social progress.
The Social Progress Index, compiled by the U.S.-based Social Progress Imperative, ranks Canada seventh in the world based on 12 categories grouped under basic human needs, foundations of well-being and opportunity.
New Zealand tops the list of 132 countries (up from 50 in the first-ever index issued last year), followed by Switzerland, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Canada.
The United States is all the way down in 16th, behind Ireland and ahead of Belgium, while the United Kingdom is 13th, just behind Germany but ahead of Japan.
If you're wondering who's at the bottom of the index, it's Chad.
The Social Progress Imperative says the index provides a strong measurement tool to help countries make choices to advance social progress.
“The Social Progress Index is a complimentary measure to GDP," MichaelRead More »from Canada scores well ahead of U.S., U.K. on Social Progress Index