The Europe Sustainable Development Report ranks how the European countries are performing in reaching the Global Goals. The results show that the COVID-19 pandemic has led to setbacks in reaching the goals, but all regions have increased their scores in SDG 11, Sustainable Cities and Communities.
For the first time since 2015, the overall scores when measuring how European countries are doing in reaching the SDGs have declined. The decrease is mainly due to setbacks in life expectancy, poverty and unemployment. Most countries are scoring low in the goals connected to environmental sustainability, such as goal 13 on Climate action, while many countries have increased their score in reducing inequalities. The report however points out inequalities within the countries as a challenge.
Sweden is ranked second after neighbour Finland. Sweden ranks high in Affordable and clean energy (SDG 7), Industry, innovation and infrastructure (SDG 9) and Reduced inequalities (SDG 10), where the goals are estimated to be on track to reach the goals in 2030. Sweden has lowered its score in Responsible consumption and production (SDG12) and are facing major challenges in reaching the goals on Climate action, Life on land and Life below water.