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Countries that have done the least (and the most) to tackle inequality

Denmark, which often scores well in assessments of wellbeing, social spending, and worker protections, ranks as the least unequal nation in the world, according to an index of inequality devised by Oxfam, followed by Germany, Finland and Austria.

Surprisingly, Singapore, one of the world’s richest countries, came in the bottom ten, in the index of 157 countries fueling the gap between the super-rich and poor. China (81st) ranked way ahead of India (147th).

Top 10 countries that have done the most to tackle inequality:

1. Denmark
2. Germany
3. Finland
4. Austria
5. Norway
6. Belgium
7. Sweden
8. France
9. Iceland
10. Luxembourg

Top 10 countries that have done the least to tackle inequality:

1. Nigeria (157th globally)
2. Uzbekistan
3. Haiti
4. Chad
5. Sierra Leone
6. Bhutan
7. Madagascar
8. Lao PDR
9. Singapore
10. Bangladesh (148th globally)

Among BIMSTEC members, Sri Lanka (102nd globally) was ranked the second best performer after Thailand (74th globally) while the bloc’s wealthiest member India (147th globally) was ranked behind Myanmar (138th) and Nepal (139th) and above Bangladesh (148th) and Bhutan (152nd).

1. Thailand (74th globally)
2. Sri Lanka (102nd globally)
3. Myanmar (138th globally)
4. Nepal (139th globally)
5. India (147th globally)
6. Bangladesh (148th globally)
7. Bhutan (152nd globally)

Full list of countries that have done the most to tackle inequality:

RankCountry
1Denmark
2Germany
3Finland
4Austria
5Norway
6Belgium
7Sweden
8France
9Iceland
10Luxembourg
11Japan
12Slovenia
13Australia
14United Kingdom
15Croatia
16Italy
17Netherlands
18Canada
19Portugal
20Poland
21Malta
22Spain
23United States
24Ireland
25Israel
26Estonia
27New Zealand
28Czech Republic
29Hungary
30Slovak Republic
31South Africa
32Namibia
33Switzerland
34Argentina
35Chile
36Costa Rica
37Greece
38Uruguay
39Brazil
40Tunisia
41Belarus
42Lithuania
43Ukraine
44Cyprus
45Seychelles
46Bulgaria
47Romania
48Latvia
49Georgia
50Russian Federation
51Guyana
52Antigua and Barbuda
53Turkey
54Bolivia
55Lesotho
56Korea, Rep.
57Colombia
58Mongolia
59Jordan
60Moldova
61Armenia
62Kyrgyz Republic
63Mauritius
64El Salvador
65Ecuador
66Albania
67St. Lucia
68Maldives
69Barbados
70Paraguay
71Kazakhstan
72Trinidad and Tobago
73Serbia
74Thailand
75Malaysia
76Kiribati
77Cabo Verde
78Samoa
79St. Vincent and the Grenadines
80Algeria
81China
82Peru
83Botswana
84Mexico
85Occupied Palestinian Territories
86Guatemala
87Malawi
88Tajikistan
89Dominican Republic
90Indonesia
91Swaziland
92Zimbabwe
93Yemen, Rep.
94Philippines
95Honduras
96Jamaica
97Central African Republic
98Morocco
99Vietnam
100Bahrain
101Solomon Islands
102Sri Lanka
103Mauritania
104Egypt, Arab Rep.
105Papua New Guinea
106Zambia
107Tanzania
108Fiji
109Panama
110Kenya
111Angola
112Senegal
113Oman
114Ghana
115Belize
116Azerbaijan
117Sao Tome and Principe
118Lebanon
119Mozambique
120Djibouti
121Cambodia
122Gambia, The
123Cote d'Ivoire
124Liberia
125Togo
126Burkina Faso
127Afghanistan
128Mali
129Guinea
130Uganda
131Ethiopia
132Timor-Leste
133Rwanda
134Cameroon
135Congo, Rep.
136Vanuatu
137Pakistan
138Myanmar
139Nepal
140Benin
141Guinea-Bissau
142Niger
143Burundi
144Congo, Dem. Rep.
145Tonga
146Kosovo
147India
148Bangladesh
149Singapore
150Lao PDR
151Madagascar
152Bhutan
153Sierra Leone
154Chad
155Haiti
156Uzbekistan
157Nigeria
Anna Papadopoulos

Anna Papadopoulos

Senior Editor at CEOWORLD magazine
Editor, writer, teacher, consultant. Advocate for plain language, journalism, free speech, and tolerance. Feminist. Based in Sydney, Australia.
Anna Papadopoulos

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