The Republic’s overall contribution to humanity and the planet has seen it take the top spot in the very first Good Country Index which was published this morning. The index ranks nations according to their overall contribution to humanity using 35 separate indicators from the United Nations, the World Bank and other international institutions spread across seven categories.
Ireland secured the overall top spot by finishing in the top 10 in four of the seven categories and it was six places ahead of the UK and 20 ahead of the US.
Nine of the top 10 countries on the Good Country Index are in Western Europe, making the region the “most good” part of the world. Following Ireland are Finland, Switzerland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, United Kingdom, Norway, Denmark and Belgium.
British policy adviser Simon Anholt is behind the index and he described the idea as “pretty simple”.
“The intention was 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 UN and other international organisations, we’ve given 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.”
Simon Anholt, British Policy Advisor
He stressed that his survey was not intended to name and shame individual countries but to recognise the importance of contributing to the greater good in a globalised society and that the index is set to be updated annually.
The list assesses the size of a country’s economy and its global contributions to science and technology, culture, international peace and security, world order, the planet and climate, prosperity and equality as well as the health and well-being of humanity.
Ireland claimed the number one spot in the ‘Equality and Prosperity’ category and it was ranked fourth when it came to ‘World Order,’ seventh in ‘Culture,’ and ninth in the ‘Health and Wellbeing’ category.
The news wasn’t so great in the ‘Science and Technology’ category where Ireland came 20th while the country was 33rd in the ‘International Peace and Security’ category.
Barry O’Leary, CEO of IDA Ireland, Ireland’s inward investment promotion agency, said surveys like this one contribute to Ireland’s reputation abroad as a good place to live and do business.
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