Luxembourg is the most “good country” when it comes to culture and the 16th highest “good country” overall, according to a recent report.
Those findings were part of the “Good Country Index”, run by Simon Anholt, an author and policy advisor. The index is a “measure of how much a country contributes to the common good” worldwide, instead of taking actions that only benefit their own citizens.
The Grand Duchy made the best global contribution to “culture”, out of 163 nations, based on its relatively high level of exports of creative goods and services (as defined by a UN report), its support of the world cultural heritage agency Unesco, the large number of countries Luxembourg passport holders can travel to without a visa, and its high press freedom score.
The country also placed 5th in the “world order” ranking, based on its signature of UN treaties, not creating refugees and its level of charitable giving, among other measures.
On the other hand, the Grand Duchy dropped to 100th place in the “international peace and security” category. One key indicator in this field is the level of participation in UN peacekeeping missions, relative to the size of a country’s economy, a measure where Luxembourg fares poorly.
Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, UK and Germany took the top five slots in the overall tables. The least “good” countries in the study were Iraq, the Central African Republic, Mauritania, Equatorial Guinea and 163rd ranked Libya.
Anhold launched the index during a “Ted Talk” in 2014. The most recent edition was released on 2 June.