When it comes to treating their citizens best, there’s one country who does it better than the rest… and it’s not Australia.
Does this come as a surprise?
Sweden has topped a poll as the best country when it comes to serving the interests of its people while avoiding damaging impacts to other nations and the environment, reports the Independent.
The results were revealed in the Good Country Index, a league table based on 35 separate indicators from sources including the United Nations and the World Bank.
Sweden scores highest for positive lifestyle contributions including prosperity, equality, health and wellbeing, while also performing well culturally.
Iceland tops the list for its overall contribution to the planet and climate protection.
The index shows that Sweden does more “good” and less harm than any other country on Earth.
The report compares a country’s contributions to the planet and the human race.
Leading policy advisor Simon Anholt and creator of the index said, “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.
Australia came in at number 17, behind such countries as New Zealand, Canada, Austria and Ireland. Out of our individual results, our best results was we ranked 9th out of 163 in World Order, and our worst result was we ranked 66th worst in Prosperity and Equality.
At the bottom of the list? Libya.