Ranked fifth in Latin America and 53rd worldwide, Costa Rica is first in the region when it comes to sustainable development goals, according to the SDG Index and Dashboard Report 2017.
Costa Rica, which scored 69.8 points out of 100, leads Central America in the Subjective Wellbeing metric, and has reached two out of 17 development goals: clean energy and climate action.
Panama, second in the isthmus, is 43 spots behind Costa Rica, while Guatemala is last in Central America and 112th worldwide.
Globally Sweden is in first place, while Congo is last among 157 nations.
The index is based on metrics, which include the Human Development Index and the Global Competitive Index, as well as 17 development goals.
1 Costa Rica (53)
2 Panama (96)
3 Nicaragua (97)
4 El Salvador (99)
5 Honduras (104)
6 Guatemala (112)
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