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The Good Country Index: United States ranked at number 21

Ireland is ranked number one on the Good Country Index due to its global accomplishments

The Good Country Index has released its rank-ordered list of how good a country is globally. The list looks at countries throughout the world quite differently than other lists which don’t take into account the impact a country has on the rest of the world. The Good Country Index looks at a country’s impact beyond its own borders, according to Yahoo! News on Monday.

The idea of the Good Country Index, according to its website is pretty simple: to measure what each country on earth contributes to the common good of humanity, and what it takes away. Using a wide range of data from the United Nations and other international organizations, the Good Country Index has given each country a balance-sheet to show at a glance whether it is a net creditor to mankind, a burden on the planet, or something in between.

The Good Country Index asserts that it isn’t making any moral judgments about countries. It is simply listing countries based on what each country contributes to the greater good of the world. The project is designed to start a global debate about what countries are really for. The debates will be about whether a country exists purely to serve the interests of its own politicians, businesses and citizens – or is a country actively working for all of humanity and the whole planet? Obviously, if a country exists purely to serve its own interests, there is grave concern with that country’s purpose for existence.

The Good Country Index’s ranking of countries

  1. Ireland
  2. Finland
  3. Switzerland
  4. Netherlands
  5. New Zealand
  6. Sweden
  7. United Kingdom
  8. Norway
  9. Denmark
  10. Belgium
  11. France
  12. Canada
  13. Germany
  14. Austria
  15. Australia
  16. Luxembourg
  17. Iceland
  18. Cyprus
  19. Spain
  20. Italy
  21. United States of America
  22. Costa Rica
  23. Malta
  24. Chile
  25. Japan
  26. Kenya
  27. Singapore
  28. Slovenia
  29. Guatemala
  30. Greece
  31. Colombia
  32. Bulgaria
  33. Panama
  34. Estonia
  35. Portugal
  36. Mauritius
  37. Israel
  38. Ghana
  39. Ecuador
  40. Zambia
  41. Uruguay
  42. Slovakia
  43. Czech Republic
  44. South Africa
  45. Jamaica
  46. Croatia
  47. Republic of Korea
  48. Namibia
  49. Brazil
  50. Jordan
  51. Trinidad and Tobago
  52. Poland
  53. Thailand
  54. Paraguay
  55. Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic
  56. Tunisia
  57. Argentina
  58. Malaysia
  59. Uganda
  60. Republic of Moldova
  61. Hungary
  62. Serbia
  63. United Republic of Tanzania
  64. Botswana
  65. Romania
  66. Mexico
  67. Morocco
  68. Egypt
  69. Lithuania
  70. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  71. Mozambique
  72. Armenia
  73. Albania
  74. Kyrgyzstan
  75. Malawi
  76. Lesotho
  77. Georgia
  78. Sri Lanka
  79. Turkey
  80. Kazakhstan
  81. India
  82. Belarus
  83. Latvia
  84. Lebanon
  85. El Salvador
  86. Peru
  87. United Arab Emirates
  88. Bolivia, The Plurinational State of
  89. Cameroon
  90. Senegal
  91. Bangladesh
  92. Saudi Arabia
  93. Kuwait
  94. Honduras
  95. Russian Federation
  96. Democratic Republic of the Congo
  97. Togo
  98. Madagascar
  99. Ukraine
  100. Oman
  101. Dominican Republic
  102. Congo
  103. Nigeria
  104. Lao People’s Democratic Republic
  105. Sudan
  106. Pakistan
  107. China
  108. Rwanda
  109. Mongolia
  110. Qatar
  111. Algeria
  112. Cambodia
  113. Syrian Arab Republic
  114. Philippines
  115. Iran, Islamic Republic of
  116. Yemen
  117. Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
  118. Benin
  119. Indonesia
  120. Zimbabwe
  121. Angola
  122. Azerbaijan
  123. Iraq
  124. Viet Nam
  125. Libya

The index created by Simon Anholt, has seven different categories that are evaluated in order to produce a final tally. Those seven categories are Science and Technology, Culture, International Peace and Security, World Order, Planet and Climate, Prosperity and Equality, and Health and Wellbeing. There is a total of 125 countries in the index, according to Business Insider. Though there are approximately 70 more countries, those countries do not provide enough information to be evaluated for the index.

The Good Country Index does not measure what a country does at home – not because it isn’t important, but because there are many other surveys that already do that. This survey with its rankings intends to start a debate about how each country can balance their personal duties to their own citizens with the country’s responsibility to the world. This ranking is for the future of humanity and the health of the planet.

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