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Population (In Millions) 59.54
Human Development Index 25/187
Gross Domestic Product (In USD Billions - World Bank) 2,075.22
Global Peace Index 34/162
Happy Planet Index 51/151
Social Institutions and Gender Index /86
Environmental Performance Index 8/132
Child Mortality Rate 3.1
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Main Initiatives

Measuring Equitable and Sustainable Wellbeing in Italy. The Istat / CNEL joint national initiative

In December 2010, the Italian National Institute of Statistics (Istat) and the National Council for Economics and Labour (CNEL) have launched a joint initiative to identify a set of progress indicators for Italy. Relevant dimensions and indicators are to be discussed and validated by representatives of civil society within a consultative process which will last 18 months. See press release.
As part of the initiative , on April 20th 2011 the Steering Group for the measurement of progress in Italy held its first meeting.Its task is to define the general framework of analysis for progress in Italy, choosing the domains to be considered, the best tool to be adopted (broad set of indicators, headline indicators, composite index), and the territorial level for the analysis. On 4th November 2011 the Steering group presented a first proposal of 12 domains for measuring well-being and launched a public consultation on the issue.

In a second phase the group will be called to validate the set of proposed indicators and define a communication strategy for the initiative’s output.

On May 24th 2011 the Scietific Committee hosted by Istat held its first meeting. Its task is to select the idicators to be used for measuring progress in Italy.

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Other initiatives

Institute for Studies and Economic Analyses

(Istituto di Studi e Analisi Economica - ISAE) is part of the Italian public research bodies and institutions. It carries out business and consumer surveys; provides quarterly and annual macroeconomic forecasts; supplies both national and international short-, medium- and long-term economic analyses as well as macro- and microeconomic studies on public finance and on measures to prompt social and territorial cohesion; examines the economic policies attained through regulation rather than through the public budget, analyses the complex dynamics of sustainable development in its environmental, economic and social aspects.

ISAE and OECD hosted a Conference on “Measuring the Progress of Italian Society” on June 3rd and 4th, 2009 at the ISAE premises in Rome. Please read more on Monitoring Italy 2009: Measuring the Progress of Italian Society

ISAE ceased to exist on December 31, 2010. With effect from 1 January 2011, most of the scientific and institutional functions carried out by ISAE were transferred to Istat.

Strategia d’azione ambientale per lo sviluppo sostenibile in Italia

Italy's National Strategy for Sustainable Development is composed of four broad priority themes, the same as stated in the EU 6th Environmental Action Plan:

  • Climate Change and stratospheric ozone
  • Protection and sustainable use of nature and biodiversity:

natural resources - biotechnologies soil, subsoil and desertification marine and coastal habitats.

  • Quality of the environment and quality of life in urban areas:

urban environment, air quality, indoor air quality and radon, noise electromagnetic pollution, genetically modified organisms food security, reclamation of contaminated sites, environmental crime .

  • Exploitation of resources and waste production:

Regional Social Indicators

The System of Regional Social Indicators (in italian) stems from the system of indicators SISREG, according to the OECD guidelines, with the model of indicators developed by the European Foundation on Social Quality.

Territorial Indicators

The Territorial Indicators by ISTAT, represent a system of demographic, social, environmental and economic indicators referring to geographical areas, regions, provinces and regional and provincial capitals.

Official Statistics

National Statistical Institute

Happiness in Italy

This is an overview of findings on Happiness in Italy.The available findings are presented in the latest ‘Nation Report’ on Italy [1]. This report is ordered by type of happiness questions and within these types by year. This ordering is to facilitate the assessment of progress, comparison over time being most fruitful using the same questions.
The report presents means and standard deviations, both on the original scale range and transformed to a common range 0-10. The means inform about the level of happiness in the country and the standard deviations about inequality of happiness.
Links provide more detail about the precise text of the question, the full distribution of responses and technical details of the survey. The report is continuously updated.

Progress Papers and Publications

Article Information
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