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Kuwait ranks 93rd in world as "Good Country", 3rd among GCC

KUWAIT CITY, June 26: Kuwait has been ranked 93rd globally, 7th in the Arab world, and 3rd among the GCC countries in the Good Country Index prepared by UK’s Policy Advisor Simon Anholt based on a recent survey on the level of contribution some 125 nations make to the planet and humanity, reports Al- Qabas daily.

The survey was based on seven main indicators that analyzed a series of wide-ranging data provided by the United Nations (UN), World Bank and other international organizations and NGOs, which covered information such as press freedom, the number of refugees hosted, and amount of weapons exported, and number of Nobel Prize winners.

Countries are then ranked according to their contribution to science and technology, culture, international peace and security, world order, the planet and climate, prosperity and equality, health and well-being of humanity.

Idea of the Good Country Index is to measure what each country on earth contributes to common humanity, and what it takes away. According to its founder Simon Anholt, he hopes the index will transform the way countries do business by encouraging them to think about the global impact of their actions. He hopes it will spark debate about the purpose of each country on the globe.

As regards the good countries, Ireland was ranked first, followed by Finland, Switzerland, Holland, New Zealand and Sweden, and the seventh place went to Britain, followed by Norway, Denmark, and then Belgium, which came at tenth position.

As expected, Iraq, Libya and Vietnam were the Countries that contributed the least to global welfare. Nonetheless, Anholt said the survey was not meant to name and shame nations or to give moral judgments, but to debate the role of countries in the global context.

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