The Economist today published the Good Country Index. It was released on June 24th by Simon Anholt, an independent policy advisor and place branding guru, and ranks national decency. The index is based on 35 datasets broken down into seven areas such as science & technology, health and culture, and it ranks countries based on how much they do for others globally.
The idea is pretty simple, 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 U.N. and other international organisations, it gives 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. Below is an illustration of the most good and least good countries.