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Good Country Index by Country 2024

The Good Country Index attempts to rank countries based on their contributions to the common good of all humanity in five different categories. This index makes comparing different countries simpler by placing all evaluated 169 nations on a list from first to 169th place.

What Is a Good Country According to the Good Country Index?

The Good Country Index defines a country based on the number of ways a country contributes to the rest of the planet and how much it uses. To ensure the scores don't wrongfully penalize smaller countries, the nation's size goes into account in the overall rankings.

What Indicators Does the Good Country Index Use?

Thirty-five indicators fall into seven categories to calculate the Good Country Index. Each category has five elements within it.

These categories include contributions in the following areas, science and technology, planet and climate, world order, prosperity and equality, culture, international peace and security, and health and wellbeing.

Indicators within each category account for the nation's economy size when necessary. For example, within the contributions to culture category, the exports of cultural goods and services and international festivals are both proportionate to the country's economy.

Some of the indicators impact the score negatively. For instance, higher birthrates and higher numbers of citizens living overseas detract from the overall Good Country Index score.

Calculating the Good Country Index

To create the list, the Good Country Index averages evenly the scores from each of the seven categories and ranks per the other 168 countries evaluated. In the ratings, if two nations have the same overall score, the country that has the lowest category rating falls below.

What Country Topped the Good Country Index

Countries that have higher ratings in their seven contribution categories have higher total rankings in the Good Country Index.

The most recent list as of 2023 places Sweden at the top of the Good Country Index. The second place scores in health and wellbeing and planet and climate and the first place finish in prosperity made Sweden the top nation.

Other countries in the top five of the Good Country Index were Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, and Finland.

What Country Placed Lowest on the Good Country Index

Syria finished at the bottom of the Good Country Index listing at 169th place. However, none of the category ratings were the lowest of the 169 nations.

The other nations at the bottom of the list include Mauritania, Central African Republic, Libya, and Sudan.

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Country
Overall Rank
Culture Rank
Health and Wellbeing Rank
International Peace and Security Rank
Planet and Climate Rank
Prosperity and Equality Rank
Science and Technology Rank
World Order Rank
Sweden11323921159
Denmark294577388
Germany32613313122710
Netherlands47741429115
Finland5111863151731
Canada6386425202913
Belgium7112582641836
Ireland829142210174916
France92023312383223
Austria1043384121476
Norway111858662404
Luxembourg1232926347563
Spain1312282833104218
United Kingdom14233853913311
Switzerland1538993152328
Cyprus161743358482514
Slovenia171052404282639
Australia184316541665101
New Zealand1935261730731415
Iceland2028273715226125
Bulgaria214754711131127
Estonia22236559292884
Hungary233472212130267
Italy2425216456163740
Singapore25193010511838101
Lithuania2633487318361350
Poland2736972037491621
Czech Republic2814451193219448
Portugal295427822443063
Croatia3022394629332293
Malta3130406201255312
Slovakia3224601817615264
Chile336979193621722
Japan3449152344277077
Latvia358414924102583
Greece3631993462353520
South Korea3761343142235062
Serbia3853645698243329
North Macedonia3952911684532058
Moldova409468272256454
Romania4145776514894453
Montenegro4258112972862165
Armenia4355512573745556
South Africa44486238127791922
Uruguay4566859255413126
United States46571012781605933
Tunisia4767582493765478
Malaysia4837735158414789
Costa Rica4963828846557542
Bosnia and Herzegovina50421011516845937
Georgia51641147565116866
India521122230113518155
Turkey53815912474394152
Russia541182587471032481
Morocco55100941873446128
Thailand5656781311610610427
Ukraine57905515313747117
Mauritius582710353579960103
Israel597535134405943124
Dominican Republic607269100783712635
Panama6171241231915111219
Brazil621197011241698630
Argentina63821099276875832
Albania64108119126026106109
United Arab Emirates654017150145638351
Peru669910010771578234
Mexico679163128275611476
Colombia681338712663427441
China691205769508879107
Belarus7012232148108713459
Rwanda719613514675089135
Kenya729292103531089745
Uganda739874825911812346
Nepal7413912427805210375
Egypt7514929712512457112
Seychelles76391251091381123647
Guyana776150479010515996
Jordan788912776867745120
Liberia7912756120139675160
Kyrgyzstan801291574828367105
Zambia8112193501107515438
Lebanon827046157959466113
Indonesia838386451128616169
Ghana8484129601039810171
Tanzania8580141365213515657
Zimbabwe8673107447712899131
Philippines8711067746611115386
Fiji884190481609176164
Madagascar8911513067439213787
Namibia9046951041261139395
Nicaragua91745311675107116133
Ecuador92144123102584013673
Jamaica9344106969664149123
Barbados94161111301208263158
Togo95881565212443111108
Benin9614311562102848891
Tajikistan97134110611199610561
Azerbaijan9812475891117096125
Trinidad and Tobago995416098146668779
Kazakhstan1001288338514694156
Vanuatu10121163161319769163
Eswatini1027612111438114132116
El Salvador104862014410058147159
Bangladesh10515431689915514668
Mongolia106107137814880113129
Palestine107140104139141326166
Saint Lucia108591421404511080155
Qatar10913671811437814382
Pakistan11016434958811595145
Brunei111621641113213413898
Lesotho112871059415013312249
Paraguay113117108936916116824
Saudi Arabia114157111331517298119
Ethiopia115116152914912012490
Guatemala1161061171119268109141
Mozambique1171533729130143150102
Cape Verde118791381525512911874
Cameroon119161659011414010770
Vietnam120938032152141102148
Burkina Faso12197122136919511099
Senegal122137611221361099194
Kuwait1231011980155153128115
Sierra Leone1241464411711512177132
Botswana1256015010510181130127
Samoa126651681069713231161
Malawi127147147721319310072
Bolivia12811110212910710416743
Sri Lanka1291258910870101145134
Ivory Coast1301099811348100162154
Oman1311031138315362140137
Antigua and Barbuda1321041581381233890140
Mali1331234911812190160130
Saint Kitts and Nevis1341515915812213839165
Cambodia1358511666109126158157
Algeria136151139151661629292
Myanmar137951627010516584138
Iran1381663814216816348100
Burundi1391621285114413173142
Nigeria1401601267989152129106
Tonga1415014013213515862169
Venezuela1421459613511813711997
Niger1431521431311288513380
Honduras1441308814164117152160
Bahrain1457716712515411912585
Gabon1471141347779160142152
Chad14815947121133136157111
Suriname14911313614954159144110
Belize150781541631591457888
Angola1511506610194167169136
DR Congo1521677615961144148150
Maldives15314216615511716611744
Papua New Guinea154131120110106156166121
Guinea1551568114683149164151
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines15668146147147123163146
Djibouti157132169162129127121104
Laos158105145115134142155153
Bahamas15951151160149147141162
Eritrea16016814815635169135168
Yemen16116913316815615771126
Afghanistan162138118166163154108143
Uzbekistan163141144143167130151122
Iraq16416514916516416485118
Sudan165135161167162122120144
Libya166148132164169150139114
Central African Republic167163131169165116127149
Mauritania168126153145157139165147
Syria169155165154161168134167
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