Rating national goodness: Ireland tops

International policy advisor Simon Anholt has developed a 'Good Country Index' to rate how much nations do to help others and avoid bad practices such as arms dealing.

Top of his list comes Ireland, with Finland second and Switzerland(!) third.

Using mainly U.N. data, the index takes into account charity and peace-keeping efforts, with numbers killed by the armed forces and weapons exports on the negative side.

Libya comes last on the list of 125 countries.

In all the Good Country Index uses 35 measures under seven headings. The measures include refugees accepted, students sent abroad and how little toxic waste is exported.


Chrisian Science Monitor