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Ranks of countries by the Good Country Index 1.2 (2017)

The Good Country Index measures how much each of the 163 countries on the list contribute to the planet, and to the human race, through their policies and behaviors.[1][2]

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2018 Top 50 Overall Rank (Version 1.3)Edit

2018 Rank[3] Country
1   Finland
2   Ireland
3   Sweden
4   Germany
5   Denmark
6    Switzerland
7   Norway
8   France
9   Spain
10   Canada
11   Bulgaria
12   Belgium
13   Netherlands
14   Estonia
15   United Kingdom
16   Luxembourg
17   Austria
18   New Zealand
19   Italy
20   Australia
21   Latvia
22   Cyprus
23   Singapore
24   Japan
25   North Macedonia
26   South Korea
27   Moldova
28   Slovakia
29   Romania
30   Poland
31   Portugal
32   Czech Republic
33   Slovenia
34   Chile
35   Costa Rica
36   Iceland
37   Lithuania
38   Hungary
39   Georgia
40   United States
41   Russia
42   Greece
43   Bosnia and Herzegovina
44   India
45   Armenia
46   Malaysia
47   South Africa
48   Serbia
49   Uruguay
50   Malta

2017 Top 10 Overall Rank (Version 1.2)Edit

2017 Rank[4] Country
1   Netherlands
2    Switzerland
3   Denmark
4   Finland
5   Germany
6   Sweden
7   Ireland
8   United Kingdom
9   Austria
10   Norway

2016 Top 10 Overall Rank (Version 1.1)Edit

2016 Rank Country
1   Sweden
2   Denmark
3   Netherlands
4   United Kingdom
5    Switzerland
6   Germany
7   Finland
8   France
9   Austria
10   Canada

2014 Top 10 Overall Rank (Version 1.0)Edit

2014 Rank Country
1   Ireland
2   Finland
3    Switzerland
4   Netherlands
5   New Zealand
6   Sweden
7   United Kingdom
8   Norway
9   Denmark
10   Belgium

DescriptionEdit

The Good Country Index is a composite statistic of 35 data points mostly generated by the United Nations. These data points are combined into a common measure which gives an overall ranking, and a ranking in seven categories:

  • Science and Technology
  • Culture
  • International Peace and Security
  • World Order
  • Planet and Climate
  • Prosperity and Equality
  • Health and Well-being

The concept, and the index itself, were developed by Simon Anholt. The Index was built by Dr. Robert Govers with support from several other organisations.[5]

The top three countries in the 2014 list were Ireland, Finland and Switzerland.[6] Nine of the top 10 countries in overall rankings are in Western Europe, while Canada tops overall rankings in North America.[7] The last three countries on the list are Iraq, Libya, and Vietnam.

MethodologyEdit

The Index attempts to measure the global impacts of national policies and behaviors: what the country contributes to the global commons, and what they take away. The Index utilizes 35 data points, five for each of seven categories. These data points are produced by the United Nations and by other international agencies, with a few by NGOs and other organisations.

Countries receive scores on each indicator as a fractional rank (0=top rank, 1=lowest) relative to all countries for which data are available. The category rankings are based on mean fractional ranks of the five indicators per category (subject to maximum two missing values per category). The overall rank is based on the average of the category ranks. This yields a common measure which gives an overall ranking, a ranking in each of the seven categories, and a balance-sheet for each country that shows at a glance how much it contributes to the world and how much it takes away.[8]

Categories and indicatorsEdit

Science, Technology & Knowledge

Culture

  • Exports of creative goods (UNCTAD's Creative Economy Report categorisation) relative to GDP
  • Exports of creative services (UNCTAD's Creative Economy Report categorisation) relative to GDP
  • UNESCO dues in arrears as percentage of contribution (negative indicator)
  • Number of countries and territories that citizens can enter without a visa
  • Freedom of the press (based on mean score for Reporters without Borders and Freedom House index as a negative indicator)

International Peace and Security

  • Number of peacekeeping troops sent overseas relative to GDP
  • Dues in arrears to financial contribution to UN peacekeeping missions as percentage of contribution (negative indicator)
  • Attributed number of casualties of international organised violence relative to GDP (negative indicator)
  • Exports of weapons and ammunition relative to GDP (negative indicator)
  • Global Cyber Security Index score (negative indicator)

World Order

  • Percentage of population that gives to charity as proxy for cosmopolitan attitude
  • Number of refugees hosted relative to GDP
  • Number of refugees overseas relative to GDP (negative indicator)
  • Population growth rate (negative indicator)
  • Number of treaties signed as proxy for diplomatic action and peaceful conflict resolution

Planet and Climate

  • National Footprint Accounts Biocapacity reserve (2009)
  • Exports of hazardous waste relative to GDP (only 2008 and 2011 data available, so 2011 data used as negative indicator)
  • Organic water pollutant (BOD) emissions relative to GDP (2007 latest data as negative indicator)
  • CO2 emissions relative to GDP (negative indicator)
  • Methane + nitrous oxide + other greenhouse gas (HFC, PFC and SF6) emissions relative to GDP (negative indicator)

Prosperity and Equality

  • Trading across borders (open trading performance compared to best practice; i.e. IFC distance to frontier score)
  • Number of aid workers and volunteers sent overseas relative to GDP
  • Fairtrade market size relative to GDP
  • Foreign Direct Investment outflow relative to GDP
  • Development cooperation contributions (aid) relative to GDP

Health and Wellbeing

  • Amount of wheat tonnes equivalent food aid shipments relative to GDP
  • Exports of pharmaceuticals relative to GDP
  • Voluntary excess contributions to World Health Organisation relative to GDP
  • Humanitarian aid contributions relative to GDP
  • International Health Regulations Compliance

CriticismEdit

The Economist's Daily Chart questions the validity of some of its results, but also calls the index "a worthwhile pursuit by imagining how countries might compete when they aim to serve others."[9]

See alsoEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ Anholt, Simon; Govers, Robert. "About the Index". The Good Country Index. Archived from the original on 2016-03-07. Retrieved 1 July 2014.
  2. ^ https://www.goodcountryindex.org/results
  3. ^ "The Good Country Index - Results". Goodcountryindex.org. 2019. Retrieved 23 January 2019.
  4. ^ "The Good Country Index - Results". Goodcountryindex.org. 2019. Retrieved 23 January 2019.
  5. ^ Anholt, Simon; Govers, Robert. "Acknowledgements". The Good Country Index. Archived from the original on 2016-03-10. Retrieved 1 July 2014.
  6. ^ Anholt, Simon; Govers, Robert. "Overall Rankings". The Good Country Index. Retrieved 5 November 2018. (version 1.0)
  7. ^ Gander, Kashmira (24 June 2014). "Ireland is officially the 'best country in the world', says study". The Independent. Retrieved 1 July 2014.
  8. ^ Anholt, Simon; Govers, Robert. "FAQ". The Good Country Index. Archived from the original on 2016-03-07. Retrieved 3 July 2014.
  9. ^ L.P., R.L.W. AND K.N.C. (24 June 2014). "The goodness of nations". The Economist. Retrieved 4 January 2016.

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