NZ 5th for contributing most good to the world

July 2nd, 2014 at 4:00 pm by David Farrar

Business Insider reports:

The Good Country Index ranks 125 nations based on how much they do for others globally in seven areas: science and technology, culture, international peace and security, world order, planet and climate, prosperity and equality, and health and well being.

The ranking was created with the merging of 35 data sets produced by organisations like the UN, WHO, and UNESCO over a period of nearly 3-years.

“What I mean by a ‘good country’ is a country that contributes to the greater good,” Simon Anholt, an independent policy advisor who made the index, told Business Insider. “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.”

The top 10 are:

  1. Ireland
  2. Finland
  3. Switzerland
  4. Netherlands
  5. New Zealand
  6. Sweden
  7. UK
  8. Norway
  9. Denmark
  10. Belgium

5th isn’t at all bad.

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38 Responses to “NZ 5th for contributing most good to the world”

  1. mikenmild (11,776 comments) says:

    Another reason to feel good about who were are and where we live. Don’t expect that it will mollify Kiwiblog’s persistent naysayers, who feel we are going to hell in a handcart.

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  2. moaningmoa (68 comments) says:

    ‘The greater good’ – Get back to me when we as a country have “a big bushy beard”.

    I’m sorry, I just had to.

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  3. flash2846 (289 comments) says:

    Anyone want to bet against the least contributing countries being predominately African followed by Arab/Persian? :)

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  4. Nukuleka (347 comments) says:

    5th in the world is very reassuring and, of course, NZ is a great country to live in and a country that does a great deal for others globally. That this is based on data sources from the UN, WHO and UNESCO is something of a worry, however!!

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  5. labrator (1,850 comments) says:

    Hilarious how New Zealand is scored so poorly in the ‘International Violent Conflict’ category because we had troops in Malaysia in ’49 and in the Vietnam war. Even more hilarious that Egypt is ranked first for this category. Also, measuring Peace Keepers against GDP seems contradictory. They think it’s a good thing to have armed forces correlating to GDP. So the more money you make the more guns you should have is what they’re implying.

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  6. wreck1080 (3,970 comments) says:

    I’m bored of these popcorn surveys that seem to come out every week or other.

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  7. Manolo (14,070 comments) says:

    @flas2846: No doubt about it. The poor buggers are hopelessly shackled by their vile religion.

    I cite an example: In 2007, Spain, and Spain alone, printed more books than all Arab countries combined over the last 500 years!

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  8. EAD (1,329 comments) says:

    My concern is that studies like these simply send a message to the world “Come and live in New Zealand!!!!” Indeed, that message tends to be heard more by the world’s economically and socially disadvantaged than by others more fortunate, shall we say. So be it.

    The irony perhaps is that the longer National and Labour maintain a de facto open door policy to immigration, the lower down that index – and ones similar to it – we’re likely to slide.

    Or am I wrong here? Are those who argue for pretty much unfettered migration on the money? Sincerely, I don’t know. However, I struggle a bit to recognise the NZ that the authors of this report would have me/us believe to be the case.

    Finally, what is ‘social progress’ anyway? My direct experience over the past 20 years has been more of societal decline in terms of the look and feel of my country (not to mention this version of ‘social progress’ appears to have all but bankrupted the nation). But that’s just me.

    This “good country index” seems to have a strong whiff of socialism/bollocks to me.

    My preference is to defer to Lady Thatcher who said “there is no such thing as society. There are individual men and women, and there are families. And no government can do anything except through people, and people must look to themselves first. It’s our duty to look after ourselves and then, also to look after our neighbour.”

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  9. flash2846 (289 comments) says:

    We would have jumped up a few places had Harawira been in his electorate office today and copped a round to his fat useless head. :)

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  10. Judith (8,534 comments) says:

    I wonder where the USA comes on the list?
    Would be interesting to see the measured amount of their ‘goodness’ considering we’re now ‘bestees’ and all that.

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  11. Don the Kiwi (1,794 comments) says:

    USA comes in at 21st.

    Libya comes in at 125th.

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  12. kowtow (8,776 comments) says:

    The USA should be right up there. Sacrifices in WWs 1 and especially in 2 to ensure neutrals like Ireland and Switzerland ,and occupieds like Holland Norway Denmark and Belgium could continue to exist.

    As someone else pointed out these lists are bollocks.

    labrator, HTF does Egypt get ranking when it;s been in wars against Israel, occupied Gaza, under Nasser sent troops to Yemen to overthrow the Saudis ? More bollocks.

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  13. Keeping Stock (10,436 comments) says:

    Interestingly, New Zealand rated 7th out of 125 countries for “Planet and Climate”. Clearly, the rest of the world doesn’t think things here are anywhere near as bad as the Green Party does, but that’s par for the course.

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  14. Odakyu-sen (752 comments) says:

    Simon Anholt, the branding guru, is the brains behind this endeavor. I wonder who is paying him to come up with this kind of information, and for what purpose.

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  15. CryHavoc (46 comments) says:

    To expand on labrator’s comment, the top ten countries in terms of contributing to international Peace and Security are apparently:

    Egypt
    Jordan
    Tanzania
    Lesotho
    Uruguay
    Togo
    Benin
    Paraguay
    Nigeria
    Ecuador

    What a joke.

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  16. labrator (1,850 comments) says:

    @kowtow The whole thing is a bit whacky. We get negative for arms exports. Exactly what arms do we export again?

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  17. bc (1,377 comments) says:

    I can’t stand Hone Harawera, but what is up with the four people upticked flash2846’s comment?

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  18. RRM (10,026 comments) says:

    cry havoc –

    Apparently, New Zealand is an Arms Exporter and heavily involved in international armed conflict. :-P

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  19. altiora (279 comments) says:

    @ EAD you’re absolutely right about open door immigration, which is just been used by middle class foreigners from third world countries to “muscle in” on New Zealand’s economic activity rather than to use their skills to improve their home country’s living standards.

    Having talked to several recent immigrants to Australia, I am amazed that they say how wonderful things are, yet don’t see how the influx of immigrants and (more significantly) the demands that the Australian populace change their ways to suit immigrants, is destroying the very desirable things that apparently drew them to immigrate to Australia in the first instance.
    Same observation can be made of the UK, but I think it’s too late for them to take their country back: immigration has achieved what the Spanish, French and Germans could achieve by force.

    My thinking about immigration recently led me — hell freeze over — to partly agree with Labour’s immigration policy, specifically the requirement that New Zealand employers must show that they have tried to fill the vacant position with New Zealanders and there must be a skills shortage justifying giving the job to a foreigner. This is the same policy in just about every other sensible country, especially in wake of the GFC.

    It amazes me that it is easier for an immigrant to get a job in New Zealand than for a New Zealander to get a job in the immigrant’s country. It does seem to me that immigration is a one-way street in this country for the benefit of immigrants from countries that have no shared cultural values with New Zealand.

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  20. peterwn (3,309 comments) says:

    Arms exporter? 3D printed water pistols?

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  21. Fletch (6,496 comments) says:

    We should get huge negs for loosing Helen Clark on the world.

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  22. insider (1,028 comments) says:

    In the Strange but hilarious category, Germany tops the list for ‘world order’… Where did Japan come I wonder?

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  23. wikiriwhis business (4,131 comments) says:

    If KBer’s are true to their trend thery will not be happy about this stat at all. Throwing away good money…..and those parasitical beneficiaries as well. Giving money away like it’s going out of fashion.

    Wait on….maybe it’s just the beneficiaries who are the problem. Everyone else in the world is happily entitled to our money

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  24. wikiriwhis business (4,131 comments) says:

    Insider

    Japan doesn’t belong in the World Order.

    The US closed it’s stock market and radiation is surrounding it’s sea and inner lands.

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  25. Johnboy (17,007 comments) says:

    Can’t imagine we are fifth. Look how badly we treat our indiginous folks?

    FFS.. We let them use marking pen, full of cancer causing chemicals, to attempt to re-create their once tattooed faces! :)

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  26. Liam Hehir (147 comments) says:

    For one moment, set aside the knee-jerk anti-Americanism that our inferiority complex gives us.

    Imagine if New Zealand, Ireland, Norway and Sweden fell off the face of the earth. What would change?

    Now imagine that the United States fell of the face of the earth. What would the world be like without the country with the world’s best universities, most of the world’s medical innovations, the world’s most personally charitable people, the consumers who drive much of the world’s economy and the one Western power that provides security for all the others?

    For the environmentalists – what’s the one signatory to the Kyoto protocol that’s actually reduced its greenhouse gas emissions? It’s not Belgium. And America didn’t even ratify the bloody thing!

    That’s a better measure of contribution than any list.

    In the last few years we have seen what a diminution in US global presence brings – and it hasn’t been pleasant.

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  27. flash2846 (289 comments) says:

    @bc

    Lets wait and see if Harawira hasn’t organised this incident for some cheap publicity.Until then “BITE ME” :)

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  28. publicwatchdog (2,823 comments) says:

    Good for whom? Penny Bright

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  29. HB (328 comments) says:

    moaningmoa (67 comments) says:
    ‘The greater good’ – Get back to me when we as a country have “a big bushy beard”.
    I’m sorry, I just had to.

    I love that movie!

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  30. Colville (2,300 comments) says:

    We do export arms.
    There is a NZ company that makes rifle launched grenades.
    Also i am pretty sure we export ammo.

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  31. Dean Papa (784 comments) says:

    Those rankings are adjusted for population, or GDP, or something. Which is why the USA hasn’t done so well.

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  32. Lance (2,715 comments) says:

    @kowtow
    “The USA should be right up there. Sacrifices in WWs 1 and especially in 2 to ensure neutrals like Ireland and Switzerland ,and occupieds like Holland Norway Denmark and Belgium could continue to exist.”

    Also the USA was the only reason New Zealand wasn’t invaded by the Japanese during WW2. The specture of which would have been enslavement, murder, death, more murder, more death.
    The battle of the Coral Sea stopped the Japanese invasion fleet.

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  33. Odakyu-sen (752 comments) says:

    Ha!

    The IJN barely had the logistics to get as far as Darwin, let alone New Zealand.

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  34. Rick Rowling (815 comments) says:

    We’re 5th!

    Suck it Norway!

    Suck it baaaaaad!

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  35. Lance (2,715 comments) says:

    @Odakyu-sen
    So the battle of the coral sea was involving nothing but cardboard cut-outs? There wasn’t 2 Aircraft Carriers, 2 Heavy Cruisers and 6 Destroyers in the Japanese fleet?
    You have looked at a map right, you do know where the coral sea is, as in just off Queensland?

    So what vested interest do you have in re-writing history?

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  36. Judith (8,534 comments) says:

    @ Dean Papa (648 comments) says:
    July 2nd, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    Ohhhh PLEEEEESEE!! The USA hasn’t done so well because there is very little that is good about the country. We are there because on the whole, we are a great country… lets hope we can keep it that way and get better.

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  37. Judith (8,534 comments) says:

    Now imagine that the United States fell of the face of the earth.

    Can we arrange that?

    I can imagine it, and I can see the world being a hell of a lot better – after all, who is it that inflames the middle east, that was chugging away very nicely until the USA poked it?

    The best thing that could happen to the planet would be for that country to implode upon itself (which it appears to be doing anyway).

    There has been nothing good (except maybe Elvis) that has come out of the USA since WWII.

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  38. Lance (2,715 comments) says:

    @Judith
    You do realize you are using a computer right. The very high tech integrated circuits that make it possible were developed where?

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