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Which Country Does the Most Good for the World? | Simon Anholt

If “good” is defined to mean the opposite of “selfish,” which country in the world is the “goodest?” And, why should we care if a country is “good” or not? Please join government policy advisor Simon Anholt as he explores the topic of national goodness in the age of globalization.

Your worldview will never be the same!

“(July 2014) It’s an unexpected side effect of globalization: problems that once would have stayed local—say, a bank lending out too much money—now have consequences worldwide. But still, countries operate independently, as if alone on the planet. Policy advisor Simon Anholt has dreamed up an unusual scale to get governments thinking outwardly: The Good Country Index. In a riveting and funny talk, he answers the question, “Which country does the most good?” The answer may surprise you.” ~ TED Talks

Do You Live in a Good Country?

Since 2014, when this video was made, the Good Country Index has been updated. Check it out to see how “good” your country ranks in the most recent Index. The following indices are measured:

  • Science & Technology
  • Culture
  • International Peace & Security
  • World Order
  • Planet & Climate
  • Prosperity & Equality
  • Health & Well-being



About The Author

JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She writes fiction about an alpha Bichon named Chester, and his friends--with a dash of humor and a dab of poli-sci. JoAnn worked professionally in the Psychology and Information Science fields. Retired now, she enjoys the creative life.


  1. jilldennison

    Interesting … I never heard of the Good Country Index before. A bit disappointing, but not at all surprising, to find my country ranks 20th. If DT were to (God forbid) stay in office the full 4 years, I imagine we would drop down to somewhere around 50-60!

  2. usfman

    I wonder how much lower the U.S. will go below it’s current 21st ranking If Trump remains President for his full term. We are a selfish a people who asked for a selfish leader it seems..

    • jilldennison

      I commented before I read yours … I see we think much alike!

  3. Robert A. Vella

    Sweden tops the list, and the U.S. ranks 20th.

    • JoAnn Chateau

      Yes, sad. What will our rank will be after Trump has been President for awhile?

      • Robert A. Vella

        Like Tom Petty sung… free falling:

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