There are countless indices that compare every country against each other. We used some of them to compare the countries competing in the World Cup, last month. All have one thing in common, they look internally. Countries are compared on transparency, corruption, well being, economy and more.
How do the same countries perform beyond their borders? Who is making the world a better place?
That is the very question the Good Country Index seeks to answer. It determines the ‘goodest country’ by determining how each performs on international peace, trade, climate, equality and more. Like other indices, European countries come out on top, but the number one overall is a bit surprising. It is not a Scandinavian nation, rather it is the small island country of Ireland. Its contributions in areas of Science & Technology and Prosperity & Equality carry it to just beat out Finland.
On the bottom of the list are Iraq, Vietnam and Libya. Though the news is not all bad for the three countries. There are areas where they are contributing a lot of good to the world. Vietnam does well in the category of Culture.
“It’s time to stop telling our governments we want to live in a successful country. We need to demand to live in a good country,” says Simon Anholt, creator of the index. “A good country manages to reconcile good governance at home with a real and constant contribution to the greater good of humanity and the planet”