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Ireland tops "Good Country Index"

Did you know that Ireland tops the "Good Country Index"?

Followed by Finland, Switzerland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, UK ...

The idea behind the Good Country Index is simple: "to measure what each country on earth contributes to the common good of humanity, and what it takes away".

Simon Anholt who dreamed up the scale explains it on TED. http://goo.gl/hDPzrs

125 countries are rated on their contributions to Science and Technology, Culture, Int'l Peace and Security, World Order., Planet and Climate, Prosperity and Equality, Health and Wellbeing. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Good_Country_Index

The common good of humanity. Worth thinking about!

May 3, 2015



For such a small island, Ireland's contribution to the world has been enormous - from the tractor to the submarine, from Dracula to Zorro, from modern chemistry to splitting the atom, from designing the White House and building the Transcontinental Rail to giving the States 23 of their 44 Presidents and 40 million of their population.

Indeed, it hasn't really felt like we've been prospering in a long time but hopefully that will change soon.


Ireland's contribution to the world has been enormous - [...] splitting the atom

The person generally credited with first splitting the atom was Ernest Rutherford. Please don't steal from NZ's few achievements. :P

[Rutherford] is widely credited with first "splitting the atom" in 1917 in a nuclear reaction between nitrogen and alpha particles, in which he also discovered (and named) the proton. [...] in [1932] the first experiment to split the nucleus in a fully controlled manner, performed by students working under his direction, John Cockcroft and Ernest Walton.

I'm guessing Walton is the Irish physicist you're referring to in your post and who Wikipedia identifies as the first person to "artificially split the atom" (emphasis added).


I'm from NZ, and was going to tell him off for stealing the atom :D

But I cannot trust this list now that we come 41st in Equality, most lists I have seen placed us in top 8th. And there's the fact that the Democratic People's republic of the Congo is above of us...... :D


Well... I mean how long have we had people like "Crusher" Collins running the country for now? :P


i feel like you are giving us too much credit.... (sorry my irishness of never accepting a compliment just kicked in)




Some of the numbers seem a bit odd, to say the least. Ranked #1 in the "Prosperity and Equality" category? All I can say is it sure hasn't felt that way the last few years.


Yeah I didn't really care for what they were assessing either. It seems to me prosperity and equality should include things like sexual/racial equality and distribution of income but they only seem to be interested in various market aspects, not a social one to be seen.


Go United States!!! We're 21!!!! :)


I find it more humorous that the excuse for US wars is "Fighting for democracy", but in the democracy index they only scored 16 :D


250 billion euros of debt.. wouldn't call that prosperous...

haha just kidding, as an Irish person i always had and still have a fairly 'prosperous' life and so do most of us irish.

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