USA 21st, but where did Britain finish in Good Country Index?

USA 21st, but where did Britain finish in Good Country Index?

The Good Country Index redraws the map of the world along humanitarian lines

Friday, June 3, 2016

The UK has been ranked in fourth place in a table measuring what each country contributes to the common good of humanity, as well as what it takes away, in relation to its size.

The Good Country Index measures 163 countries around the world on categories including contributions to culture and world order.

Britain finished behind Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands in the index, which was created by independent policy advisor Simon Anholt. 

Germany finished in fifth place followed by Finland, Canada, France, Austria and New Zealand.

"We're all interconnected," Anholt told Julia Hartley-Brewer. "All of the serious challenges we face are challenges that we face together. It's obviously very important to understand how much countries contribute to each other, and to the whole of humanity and the planet.

"The one thing we didn't want to do was make it sound as if doing good in the world is [simply about] throwing money at poorer countries. 

"Only about three [of the criteria] are about how much money you spend internationally."

The USA finished 21st on the Index, prompting a strong reaction online from some observers across the Atlantic. 

"They bring up their young people to believe in the fact absolutely, that America is the greatest contributor to humanity in history bar none," Anholt said. 

"So when somebody comes along and says you're not number one it upsets them very profoundly."