Would you want to live in a country that does good for the world and is known for it? We might just be able to help you out a little. We can at least tell you which are the countries that do the most good for the world. The Good Country Index attempts to rank countries according to how much positive influence they have on the world. This list is based on that index. Before continuing, however, you must understand something – the rankings have absolutely nothing to do with what goes on within the country itself. For example, a country can be very healthy, very prosperous, very democratic, and very egalitarian but rank poorly for all of those categories. How? Because this list only reflects how much that country attempts to help the other countries of the world be healthy, prosperous, democratic, and egalitarian. If you want more information then you’ll have to look up the Good Country Index, but the rankings cover 7 categories: science and technology, culture, international peace and security, world order, planet and climate, prosperity and equality, and health and well-being. And just so you know, the data points are taken from databases and statistics collected by the United Nations. So without further ado, these are the 25 countries that do the most good for the world.
Japan ranked really well (11th) in terms of helping the planet and the climate. Along with the United States, however, it fell behind in international security.
Although a lack of humanitarian aid contributions hurt the nation in the area of health and wellbeing (114th), Chile performed much better with regards to the planet and climate (18th).
Ranking 3rd in culture thanks to high levels of press freedom and exportation of creative goods, Malta also fared well in terms of world order (6th) due to high levels of charitable giving.
With impressive statistics in the area of CO2 emissions, Costa Rica came in 19th with regards to the planet and climate. Because it has signed a high number of UN treaties and also gives to charity generously, Costa Rica ranked 25th for world order.
United States of America
As the largest international aid donor on the world, the United States ranked highly for all forms of charitable giving. It lags behind, however, when it comes to international peace and security due to its level of involvement in conflicts around the globe.
High levels of charitable giving and participation in UN treaties contributed to a ranking of 11th in world order. Like the US, Italy lags behind in international peace and security (102nd).
Ranking highly in food aid, pharmaceutical exports, and voluntary excess donations to the WHO has made Spain 1st in the world as far as health and wellbeing is concerned. Once again however, it performs poorly in terms of international peace and security (120nd).
A large number of Nobel Prizes, journal exports, patents, and international students has made Cyprus 3rd in Science and Technology. Although it isn’t involved in any significant international conflicts, arms exports and lack of cyber security make it 86th for international peace and security.
Performing admirably with regards to CO2 and greenhouse gas emissions put Iceland at number 1 in terms of the planet and climate. Due to a lower number of volunteers abroad and negligible FDI (foreign direct investment) outflows, Iceland only ranks 101st in prosperity and equality.
Press freedom, low visa restrictions, and cultural exports all combined to give Luxembourg a ranking of 10th in culture while it lagged behind in international peace and security due to involvement in violent conflicts (101st).
Although its greenhouse emissions weren’t as impressive as some of the other countries so far, its biocapacity reserves put it at 6th place for the planet and climate.
Austria is the first country to get within the top 10 in 3 categories – world order (2nd), science and technology (2nd), and culture (4th). The only place it lags behind is in international peace and security (104th), but that is somewhat keeping with the pattern so far.
Ranked 1st in world order, Germany is 5th in culture and 11th in science and technology. It was 109th in international peace and security.
Low levels of hazardous waste exports and organic water pollutants contribute to a ranking of 2nd for the planet and climate. Canada also ranked 4th in health and wellbeing due to a large number of aid donations.
France ranked 10th with regards to the planet and climate, 12th for science and technology, and 15th for health and wellbeing.
Thanks to a high level of creative exports, low visa restrictions, and press freedom, Belgium ranked 1st in culture. It also got 3rd in health and wellbeing and 5th in prosperity and equality (it had high FDI outflows, a large amount of foreign development assistance, and a good sized fair trade market).
Ranking 5th in both world order and health and wellbeing, Denmark also performed well in the area of culture (9th).
Ranking highly in world order (7th) and planet and climate (4th), Norway ranked in the top 20 for prosperity and equality (14th) and health and wellbeing (16th) as well.
The first country to rank in the top 10 for 4 categories, the UK is 1st in science and technology, 6th in health and wellbeing, 9th in prosperity and equality, and 9th in world order.
Sweden is the first country to rank in the top 10 for 5 categories. It was 3rd for planet and climate, 4th for prosperity and equality, 8th for health and wellbeing, 8th for world order, and 8th for science and technology.
High levels of internet security and low arms exports rank New Zealand 37th in terms of international peace and security which is higher than any country so far. In other categories it performs relatively well but does the best in the planet and climate ranking (7th)
Ranking top 10 in 4 categories, culture (2nd), health and wellbeing (2nd), world order (3rd), and prosperity and equality (8th), the Netherlands performs well in across the board except for the usual outlier: international peace and security.
Also ranking in the top 10 for 4 categories, prosperity and equality (2nd), science and technology (6th), health and wellbeing (10th), and world order (10th), a lack of peacekeeping troops and high arms exports led to a ranking of 71st in international peace and security.
Performing well with regards to prosperity and equality (3rd) and science and technology (7th), Finland does well across the board but as usual, international peace and security is its weakest point (53rd).
1st in prosperity and equality, 4th in world order, 7th in culture, 9th in health and wellbeing, Irelands only weak point is the climate category (45th) primarily due to hazardous waste exports.