Tuesday, 23 April, 2019

Finland ranks top in good country index

24 Jan 2019, 04:22 ( 2 Months ago)

DF Report
Hanne Salonen / Eduskunta.

Finland ranked first in the Good Country Index published on Wednesday, said an official press release.

The results of the Index indicate that, relative to its size, Finland contributes more to humanity and burdens the planet less than any other country.

The fourth edition of the Good Country Index measured 153 countries' performance and ranks them on the basis their overall impact on the planet. In the recent Index, Finland rose from fourth place to the top followed by Ireland, Sweden, Germany and Denmark.

Iraq is in the bottom of the list followed by Libya, Yemen, Mauritania and Suriname.

"This is an excellent recognition. Finland is a good, down-to-earth country and we are a reliable partner in international forums. Our performance is the result of consistent work and I witness it in my work on an almost daily basis. The recognition is good for Finland's internal discussion and atmosphere. Let's be proud of ourselves for a moment and let's continue to pursue even better results," said Foreign Minister Timo Soini.

The Good Country Index looks at 35 criteria, based on data produced by the United Nations and other international organisations. The criteria produce each country's "balance sheet", which shows if the country burdens mankind or if it contributes to the common good of humanity.

Finland, which is now in first place, ranks best in terms of its journal exports, number of patents, freedom of movement, press freedom, cyber security, refugees generated, environmental agreements compliance, open trading, FDI outflows, and food aid.

The 35 criteria of the Index are divided into contributions to seven categories: Science and Technology, Culture, International Peace and Security, World Order, Planet and Climate, Prosperity and Equality, and Health and Wellbeing. After the countries have been analysed, each of them will receive scores on each indicator relative to all other countries measured and corrected for the country's GDP.

The first edition of the Good Country Index was launched in 2014 in a TED Talk. The recording of the launch event has been viewed on the internet for over 5.5 million times, and it has been voted the 5th most inspiring TED Talk ever. Simon Anholt, who is the founder and head of the Index, is also known as the creator of the country brand concept

Simon Anholt will visit Finland in February to attend an event organised by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the University of Helsinki. The event will be held in the Think Corner (Tiedekulma) of the University of Helsinki on 7 February at 13.00. Entrance to the event is free.