News 25.01.2019

Finland's science contributes to the world: Finland leads Good Country Index

Finland tops the Good Country Index which measures how much each country contributes to the common good of humanity. Unlike other country rankings, the index aims to show what kind of global impact the countries have, and not how they perform within their own borders.
Students studying
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The index measures 153 countries in seven categories: science and technology; culture; international peace and security; world order; planet and climate; prosperity and equality; and health and wellbeing. In the categories the index looks at altogether 35 criteria. 

In the category of science and technology, Finland is in top 10. In this category the index measures for example the number of foreign students studying in the country’s higher education institutions, the number of scientific journals and even the number of Nobel prize winners.

In 2017, the proportion of international students studying in the universities was 7% and in the universities of applied sciences 6,8%. The most popular fields of education at Finnish higher education institutions are business, administration and law (25%); engineering (20%); and information and communication technologies (17%). Half of international students in Finland study for either master’s or doctoral degree.