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Which Are The "Good" Countries Of The World According To The Good Country Index?

The Good Country Index aims to measure how much the countries of the world contribute towards the well-being of the planet and the human race.

Countries around the world have different capacities to support the wellbeing and existence of the human race. Nations are divided into either developing or developed countries depending on their efficiency of production and the level of development of the various sectors. Developing countries depend on developed or the first world countries for aid and development support because they do not have sufficient means of sustaining themselves. Some of the countries around the world are grouped as “Good” countries depending on the good country index that is generated by the United Nations.

Overview Of The Good Country Index

The GCI measures the contribution of each country on the earth to the planet and human race relative to their sizes which are measured in GDP. The index focuses on 35 data points which are generated by the United Nations and are combined into a standard measure to give an overall ranking. The countries are also ranked in seven categories including Science and technology, peace and security, prosperity and equality, health and wellbeing, planet and climate, world order, and culture. The GCI concept was founded by Simon Anholt and built by Dr. Robert Gover with the help of several other organizations through the funding from Simon Anholt. “Good” in the context of how much a country contributes to the common good is the opposite of “selfish” and not “bad.” The Good Country Index measures, as objectively as possible without passing any moral judgment, what a country contributes to the common benefit and what it gets or how it helps about its size. The Good Country Index supports what major religions stand for; to make the earth a better place by looking after it and considering all men and women as brothers and sisters. The top five countries according to the list published in 2015 include Sweden, Denmark, Netherlands, United Kingdom, and Switzerland

Why The Good Country Index?

The biggest challenge facing humanity today extends beyond the borders. These common challenges include climate change, economic burden, diseases, terrorism, inequality, high population growth, food and water crisis, destruction of the environment, drug trafficking, and slavery among other challenges. These challenges cannot be tackled by individual countries but through an international effort. The challenge is that some of the countries continue to operate in isolation focusing on their development and solution to their domestic problems. Good country index, on the other hand, does not focus on how well a country is doing or the level of their development but rather on their contribution towards overcoming these challenges for the common good. The Good Country Index was introduced because almost other indexes measure the performance of each country in isolation. The economic growth, political stability, transparency, and democracy are all measured as an internal performance which might not have an impact on other countries. The good country index, therefore, measures the global impact of a country’s policies and behaviors and how they contribute to the global common good. The concept of Good Country encourages population and governments to look more outwardly and to consider the consequences of their behaviors and actions.

Criticism Of The Good Country Index

Although the Good Country Index is viewed as the worthwhile pursuit by considering the impact countries will have if they compete at serving others, the critics have questioned the validity of some of the data. The data are said to be inconsistent with the individual performance and therefore does not give a true picture of a country’s contribution.

Which Are The "Good" Countries Of The World According To The Good Country Index?

Rank (2015)Country or Territory
1 Sweden
2 Denmark
3 Netherlands
4 United Kingdom
5 Switzerland
6 Germany
7 Finland
8 France
9 Austria
10 Canada

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