What’s the best country in the world? 9



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When it comes to serving the interests of its people and contributing to the common good of humanity it turns out no country does it better than Sweden.

Sweden has been voted the best country in the world, according to the ‘Good Country’ 2015 index, which measures how 163 nations contribute to the global good. Considering the size of its economy, Sweden does more ‘good’ and less harm than any other country.

The top 10 best countries included:

  1. Sweden
  2. Denmark
  3. Netherlands
  4. United Kingdom
  5. Germany
  6. Finland
  7. Canada
  8. France
  9. Austria
  10. New Zealand

Australia ranked 17th, which was better than the United States (21st spot) and India (70th) but worse than Belgium (14th) and Cyprus (15th). Libya was by far the worst though.

“The Good Country Index is pretty simple: to measure what each country on earth contributes to the common good of humanity, and what it takes away, relative to its size,” the report says.

It’s a bi-annual index aimed at finding ways of encouraging countries to collaborate and cooperate a lot more, and compete a bit less.

“A good country is one that successfully contributes to the good of humanity. 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,” index founder, Simon Anholt, says.

Do you have a favourite country? What do you think the best country in the world is?


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  1. Israel is my choice followed by Belgium. but why is Bhutan not up there ..??????

  2. One has to take into account where the family is can be in the best country in the world but be the saddest person there with no family around

  3. I’m surprised to see the UK so high on the list ! Ooops perhaps I shouldn’t post this as I have to transit the UK in September !

    1 REPLY
    • Because UK belongs there, Australia is not what it was a few years ago and continuing to decline.

  4. Interesting many run a socialist style of governance !!!! Capitalism may be great for corporation with headquarters based in the tax heavens, unfortunate fair wealth distribution is of no value!

  5. How can Sweden be when it is overun with Muslims???

    1 REPLY
    • Dont be silly Geoff, thats a dumb thing to say…

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