Ireland is the best country in the world! Savage!

24 June 2014

Ireland Ireland - it's the best country in the world.

No really, according to some new survey, it has made the greatest contributions to humanity and the planet.

Catch yersel' oan.

The results were revealed as part of the first ever Good Country Index, which ranks countries by combining 35 separate indicators from the United Nations, the World Bank and other international institutions.

The UK only managed a measly 7th place, but it did top the 'contribution to science and technology' list, so, you know, don't leap off a cliff just yet, as the US came 21 (scores dragged down by international peace and security).

Bottom of the poll were Libya, Vietnam and Iraq. Yeah, admittedly Iraq isn't really doing a whole lot to entice admiration right now.

Outside of western Europe and the English-speaking world, Costa Rica ranked the highest, which came in at 22nd place, while Chile took 24th place. Kenya was named best African nation which has contributed most to the planet, at 26th place, and was the only country on the continent to break into the top 30.

The list was created by researchers looking at the size of its economy, assessing the global contributions to science and technology, culture, international peace and security, world order, the planet and climate, prosperity and equality, and the health and well-being of humanity.

Policy adviser Simon Anholt, who designed the survey, said: "The idea of the Good Country Index is pretty simple; to measure what each country on earth contributes to the common good of humanity, and what it takes away. Using a wide range of data from the UN and other international organisations, we've given each country a balance-sheet to show at a glance whether it's a net creditor to mankind, a burden on the planet, or something in between."

"It's time countries started thinking much harder about the international consequences of their actions; if they don't, the global challenges like climate change, poverty, economic crises, terrorism, drugs and pandemics will only get worse," he added.

So well done Ireland, with your myriad of *insert stereotypes here*

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