Good Country’s index is: ‘to measure what each country on earth contributes to the common good of humanity, and what it takes away, relative to its size.’ They use a wide range of data gathered from the UN and other international organisations and have created 5 separate groups: Science & Technology, Culture, International Peace & Security, World Order, Planet & Climate, Prosperity & Equality and Health & Wellbeing. Each country is ranked by its ‘Global Contribution’ to each group and is then given an overall score, giving it its final ranking.
Overall, Cyprus has ranked No.15 (out of 163 countries!). But what has pushed Cyprus into the Top 15 is its ‘Global Contribution’ to the groups Science & Technology and Planet & Climate Change. To rank countries in the Science & Technology group, researchers take into consideration the number of foreign students studying in the country, the export of scientific journal and other papers, the number of articles published in international journals, the number of Nobel prize winners and the number of International Patent Cooperation Treaty applications all relative to the country’s GDP. The second group, Planet & Climate, consider the ecological footprint Cyprus has made, with regards to its CO2 emissions and damage to the ozone layer, its rate of reforestation since 1992 and its pesticides exports. The Cyprus population generally has a great appreciation for its natural environment and enjoys the clean and unpolluted air and waters, the delicious organic produce and
Another group that Cyprus scored well in, with 13th best in the list, is World Order. This group gathers information based on the amount of money raised and given to charities, the amount of refugees it has hosted, the amount of refugees it has generated, the birth rate and the amount of UN Treaties it has signed.
You can see the results of all countries included here: https://goodcountry.org/index/results