The authors of a new study claim to have devised a formula to calculate how good countries are in terms of humanity and the planet.
The Good Country Index looks at a range of factors such as each country’s contribution to world order and science and technology, as well as prosperity and equality and health and wellbeing.
The study’s creator, Simon Anholt, revealed that Sweden had come out as what he described as the world’s ‘goodest’ country “relative to the size of its economy”.
The Scandinavian nation has outranked 162 other countries in a league table based on 35 separate indicators from sources including the United Nations, the World Bank and other international organizations.
Despite the addition of 38 countries since the first edition of the index, Libya has once again ranked last.
Anholt wants to use his report “to find ways of encouraging countries to collaborate and co-operate a lot more, and compete a bit less.”
“A Good Country is one that successfully contributes to the good of humanity,” he explained.
“Of course it must serve the interests of its own people, but never at the expense of other populations or their natural resources. This is the new law of human survival, and it’s a balance which is far more easily maintained than many people imagine. Working together makes for better policy than working alone.”
But the study is not without its faults Anholt explained.
“However it’s important to note that the performance of smaller countries in the Index tends to be more volatile. This is unavoidable as events naturally make a bigger difference to smaller countries. This partly explains why Ireland, Kenya, Iceland and Costa Rica have experienced significant drops in ranking.”
“Most of our problems are rapidly and dangerously multiplying because of globalization. We need our governments to understand that they’re not just responsible for their own voters and taxpayers, but for every living thing on the planet. They must collaborate and cooperate more, not less; the UK, for example, isn’t just an island unconnected to the rest of Europe or to the rest of the world. Just like every other country on earth, it is part of one system. If it fails, we all fail.”