Press release, 23 January 2019
Finland ranked first in the Good Country Index published on 23 January. The results of the Index indicate that, relative to its size, Finland contributes more to humanity and burdens the planet less than any other country.
This is the fourth edition of the Good Country Index, which measures 153 countries' performance and ranks them on the basis their overall impact on the planet. In the recent Index, Finland rose from fourth place to the top. The other leading countries are Ireland, Sweden, Germany and Denmark.
Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini will receive the recognition on 23 January 2019 during the World Economic Forum in Davos.
"This is an excellent recognition. Finland is a good, down-to-earth country and we are a reliable partner in international forums. Our performance is the result of consistent work and I witness it in my work on an almost daily basis. The recognition is good for Finland's internal discussion and atmosphere. Let's be proud of ourselves for a moment and let's continue to pursue even better results," Minister Soini comments.
The Minister's address in Davos will be videoed and published on the Ministry's website at um.fi.
The Good Country Index looks at 35 criteria, based on data produced by the United Nations and other international organisations. The criteria produce each country's "balance sheet", which shows if the country burdens mankind or if it contributes to the common good of humanity.
Finland, which is now in first place, ranks best in terms of its journal exports, number of patents, freedom of movement, press freedom, cyber security, refugees generated, environmental agreements compliance, open trading, FDI outflows, and food aid. For more detailed information of Finland's ranking in all categories and the sources on which the data are based, please visit The Good Country Index.
The 35 criteria of the Index are divided into contributions to seven categories: Science and Technology, Culture, International Peace and Security, World Order, Planet and Climate, Prosperity and Equality, and Health and Wellbeing. After the countries have been analysed, each of them will receive scores on each indicator relative to all other countries measured and corrected for the country's GDP.
The first edition of the Good Country Index was launched in 2014 in a TED Talk. The recording of the launch event has been viewed on the internet for over 5.5 million times, and it has been voted the 5th most inspiring TED Talk ever. Simon Anholt, who is the founder and head of the Index, is also known as the creator of the country brand concept
Simon Anholt will visit Finland in February to attend an event organised by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the University of Helsinki. The event will be held in the Think Corner (Tiedekulma) of the University of Helsinki on 7 February at 13.00. Entrance to the event is free.
Inquiries: Riikka Taivassalo, Special Adviser to the Foreign Minister, tel. +358 46 923 4581, Laura Kamras, Director, Unit for Public Diplomacy, tel. +358 295 351 558, and Simon Anholt (The Good Country Index), firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Foreign Ministry’s email addresses are in the format email@example.com.
The Good Country Index: www.goodcountryindex.org
Simon Anholt's interview on the website of ThisisFINLAND at https://finland.fi/life-society/goodcountryindex2018/
Launch of the Good Country Index in the TED Talk : https://www.ted.com/talks/simon_anholt_which_country_does_the_most_good_for_the_world