Both the country and its capital are also among the best in the world in growing, attracting and retaining talent.
Finland has been named the second most tolerant, progressive and environmentally friendly country on the planet by Movehub, a London-based company promoting international relocations.
The country owes its high ranking partly to its strong performance on the 2016 Social Progress Index, having scored especially highly in the areas of nutrition and basic medical care, personal safety, access to basic knowledge, access to information and communications, and personal rights.
The strictly performance-based index defines social progress as “the capacity of a society to meet the basic human needs of its citizens, establish the building blocks that allow citizens and communities to enhance and sustain the quality of their lives, and create the conditions for all individuals to reach their full potential.”
Finland similarly came out on top in the 2016 Environmental Performance Index, scoring particularly highly in the areas of health impacts, water and sanitation, biodiversity and habitat, and water resources.
It also boasts the second narrowest gender gap in the world, according to the World Economic Forum (WEF). The WEF in its Global Gender Gap Report lauds the country for fully closing the gender gap in educational attainment and health and survival, and for reaching parity in the number of women in ministerial positions.
Movehub compiled its list of the most socially liberal countries for people contemplating moving abroad in search of respite from a more conservative political climate based on three international rankings: the 2016 Social Progress Index, the 2016 Environmental Performance Index and the Global Gender Gap Report.
Iceland was the only country to rank above Finland on the Most Liberal Countries You Should Move to in 2017, while Sweden, Norway and New Zealand rounded up the top five.
Movehub's list seemingly corroborates the findings of another international ranking, the Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI).
Finland climbed to ninth place in the latest edition of the annual benchmark report that ranks countries based on their ability to grow, attract and retain talent. Its ranking inside the top ten is attributable mainly to its renowned education system but also to its strong regulatory landscape and robust internal openness.
“The [Finnish] educational system is one of the world's best in matching the skills of people with the needs of the economy,” the report states.
Its capital, Helsinki, fared even better in the inaugural Global Cities Talent Competitiveness Index (GCTCI), ranking third behind Copenhagen and Zurich.
http://www.socialprogressimperative.org/countries/FIN/#performance/components/spi/">Social Progress Imperative</a>
http://epi.yale.edu/country/finland">Environmental Performance Index</a>
http://reports.weforum.org/global-gender-gap-report-2016/top-ten/">Global Gender Gap Report</a>
http://global-indices.insead.edu/gtci/documents/GTCI2017.pdf">Global Talent Competitiveness Index 2017</a>