Sweden has topped the first annual Commitment to Reducing Inequality Index, developed by Oxfam and Development Finance International, followed by Belgium, Denmark, Norway and Germany.
The index scored 152 countries on three areas: Spending on Health, Education and Social Protection; Progressive Structure and Incidence of Tax; and Labour Market policies to reduce inequality.
"Measures that were taken some time ago are still in effect," said Robert Höglund, Oxfam's press spokesman in Sweden. "Sweden particularly stands out when it comes to high social spending."
Höglund highlighted Namibia as a low-income country which scored highly on its efforts to reduce inequality, and pointed to the United States as a high-income country which performed quite poorly in this index.