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Kenya ranks high in Good country Index, 2017

By Protus Onyango | July 24th 2017

Kenya is the 12th best country in Africa and 92nd in World, according to this year's Good Country Index results released yesterday.

The good country index looks at progress in science and technology, culture, international peace and security, world order, planet and climate, prosperity and equality and health and well-being.

The Good Country Index measures what each country on earth contributes to the common good of humanity, and what it takes away relative to its size.

It gives each country a balance sheet to show at a glance whether it is a net creditor to mankind, a burden on the planet, or something in between.

Kenya is at number 56 in science and technology, 57 in world order, 68 in health and well being, 70 in international peace and security, 110 in prosperity and equality. It is ranked 129 worldwide in culture and 144 in planet and climate.

International peace

The best ranked country in Africa is Mauritius at position 33, followed by Tunisia (43), South Africa at (51), Egypt (53), Ghana (63), Cameroon (75), Seychelles (79) Morocco (80), Benin (83), Namibia (, (84), Cape Verde (87).

The best ranked worldwide is Sweden, followed by Denmark, Netherlands, United Kingdom and Switzerland. At position six is Germany, followed by Finland, France, Austria and Canada.

Out of the 163 countries polled, Sweden takes position one in prosperity and equality and health and well-being.

It is ranked third in culture, seventh in planet and climate, eighth in science and technology, 11 in world order and 52 in international peace and security.

Austria is number one in world order while Iceland leads in planet and climate.

The UK is number one in science and technology, Belgium leads in culture while South Africa is at position one in international peace and security.

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