Finland ranks number one in the latest Good Country Index, which measures what each country contributes to the common good of humanity, and what it takes away, relative to its size.
“The Good Country Index takes stock of 35 measurements that show countries’ contributions in seven different categories,” said the index’s creator, Simon Anholt, in a Q. and A. with thisisFINLAND website.
“Perhaps most importantly, the Good Country Index is all about what nations do for the rest of the world, not about what happens within their own borders.”Simon Anholt
These categories are science and technology; culture; peace and security; world order; planet and climate; prosperity and equality; and health and wellbeing.
“Perhaps most importantly, the Good Country Index is all about what nations do for the rest of the world, not about what happens within their own borders,” Anholt said.
In other words: a good country serves the interests of its own people, but without harming—and preferably by advancing—the interests of people in other countries too.
Using a wide range of data from the U.N. and other international organizations, the index gives each country a balance sheet to show at a glance whether it’s a net creditor to mankind, a burden on the planet or something in between.
According to Anholt, the index also offers opportunities: “It is supposed to be the start of a new kind of conversation. The reason for it is to get people to start asking new questions about countries.”