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Ireland is the "goodest"* country in the world

*Yes, we know.

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IRELAND HAS RANKED first in the world in the ‘Good Country’ index, which measures how much a country contributes to the planet and to the human race.

We were ranked against our peers in terms of education, science, war and peace, trade and culture, health and censorship and a number of other factors. The findings are part of a worldwide assessment undertaken by Simon Anholt, an independent policy advisor who helps governments develop and implement strategies for enhanced engagement with other countries.

Ireland’s combined global contributions to science and technology, culture, international peace and security outranked all other 124 countries included in the rankings.

Making the announcement that Ireland is the “goodest” country in the world, CEO of IDA Ireland, Barry O’Leary said the survey recognises Ireland’s open trading culture as well as the level of foreign direct investment that Ireland continues to enjoy.

“Other factors that companies take into account when locating are also recognised here including each country’s “freedom of movement” and our ongoing population growth, which is providing companies with skilled graduates,” he said.

The full survey can be seen here.

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