… Sweden!!!!! At least that is what the Independent claims. The nation outranked 162 others thanks to its positive lifestyle contributions, including prosperity, equality, health and wellbeing, but we aren’t the happiest people in the world … Denmark still on top.
Sweden has topped a poll as the best ‒ or “goodest” ‒ country when it comes to serving the interests of its people while avoiding damaging impacts to other nations and the environment. The country has outranked 162 others to take pole position in the Good Country Index, a league table based on 35 separate indicators from sources including the United Nations and the World Bank.
Sweden scores highest for positive lifestyle contributions including prosperity, equality, health and wellbeing, while also performing well culturally. The index suggests that Sweden, relative to the size of its economy, does more “good” and less harm than any other country.
Iceland tops the list for its overall contribution to the planet and climate protection, including low CO2 emissions and minimal production of hazardous materials.
The report, which weighs up a country’s contributions to the planet and the human race relative to its size ‒ measured in GDP ‒ is the brainchild of leading policy advisor Simon Anholt, whose aim is “to find ways of encouraging countries to collaborate and co-operate a lot more, and compete a bit less”.
“A good country is one that successfully contributes to the good of humanity. Of course, it must serve the interests of its own people, but never at the expense of other populations or their natural resources: this is the new law of human survival,” he said.
I have always been proud of being Swedish and my heart is big and so blue & yellow, and I so willing to share my country with anyone that wants to live, need shelter or visit, don’t matter what race or what religion. Sweden is not perfect, far from that … but it’s very good in so many ways. We should be so pride of our little BIG country!
“No man can be a patriot on an empty stomach.”