Sweden ranked sixth in the world in new index

The Good Country Index (GCI) measures the extent to which the world's countries contribute to the common good for humanity and the planet. Of more than 160 investigated countries, Sweden is back in a sixth place. In last year's survey, Sweden ranked highest, now the Netherlands takes over that position.

GCI is based on data from, among others, the UN, the World Bank and the World Health Organization (WHO). The countries are judged based on how they contribute to seven different areas: research and technology; culture; international peace and security; world order; planet and climate; prosperity and equality; as well as health and well-being.

A sixth place is still a strong position in an index that measures countries’ contributions to a better world. Sweden is high in the list because the country, relative to its size, is considered to do more good and less harm than many other countries in the world. The fact that Sweden slips down in the ranking may be due to the fact that other countries have intensified their work in the areas studied, which in themselves is positive, says Henrik Selin, Head of the Department for Intercultural Dialogue, at the Swedish Institute.

Sweden has raised seven placements on issues relating to what the index calls world order, which includes refugee reception, the percentage that donates to charity and the number of signed agreements in the UN. Sweden is number one in the areas that shows the countries’ willingness to contribute to global health and third place in terms of prosperity and equality. This is the third survey launched by GCI – the first came in 2014.

The Swedish Institute is the expert authority for following and analyzing images of Sweden abroad. In that work, SI regularly follows international surveys and conducts its own analyzes in cooperation with Swedish embassies.