Sophie McBain is a freelance writer based in Cairo. She was previously an assistant editor at the New Statesman.
The UK is ranked 13 out of 132 countries in the new Social Progress Index, thanks to its excellent universities but comparatively high rates of obesity. But when will we realise that these lists are really meaningless?
The New Statesman goes behind the froth of daily headlines to look at the people and the passions shaping our world.
Be well-informed. Be a New Statesman reader.