Romania ranks 44th on the international 2018 Social Progress Index (SPI), conducted by the Social Progress Imperative nonprofit organisation with the support of Deloitte. According to the report, Romania ranks worst among all EU member states.
The SPI measures people’s quality of life and the well-being of society in 146 countries, analysing three dimensions using indicators covering basic human needs (nutrition and basic medical care, water and sanitation, shelter, personal safety), foundations of well-being (access to basic education, access to communications and information, health and well-being, environmental quality) and opportunity (personal rights, personal freedom and choice, inclusiveness, access to advanced education).
Among the Central and Eastern European countries, Slovenia had the best performance, ranking 22nd, followed by the Czech Republic (26), Estonia (27), Lithuania (31), Poland (32), Slovakia (35), Hungary (36), Croatia (37), Latvia (39) and Bulgaria (40).
“Romania ranks 44th this year, compared to 51st, in 2014. The scores registered for each indicator analysed by SPI are compared to the ones of 15 other states registering a similar GDP per capita (including Bulgaria, Croatia, Latvia, Greece, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Turkey or Iran),” Deloitte said in a press release.
According to the survey, Romania performs weaker than the 15 states with a GDP per capita similar in terms of water and sanitation, access to quality medical care, access to advanced education, life expectancy of people over 60 or social inclusion.
"Romania’s lower scores show where the deficiencies are in the distribution of the economic growth and the public spending. In conclusion, this report points out the indicators that need an improvement as far as the quality of life in Romania in concerned,” Vlad Boeriu, partner, Deloitte Romania, said.
According to the ranking, Romania scored best in terms of personal safety (35), access to information and communications and environmental quality (both 45). It ranked worst in terms of water and sanitation (79) and health and wellness (76).
Comparatively, Croatia ranked 29th in terms of water and sanitation and 45th in terms of health and wellness. However, it ranked poorly in terms in inclusiveness (70). Bulgaria ranked best in terms of health and wellness (73) and best in terms of personal safety (34).
Slovenia, which ranks best among the Central and Eastern European countries, performed best in terms of access to basic knowledge (1) and personal rights (14).