Of all the countries recognised by the United Nations, some are decent peace loving nations who contribute to the common good of humanity, and some not quite so much and finally we have a study of which countries are a credit to the planet, and which are a burden to the rest of us.
The Good Country Index has gathered together information from 125 nations regarding science & technology, culture, international peace and security, the environment and prosperity and decided that Ireland is the best country in the world and has made the greatest contributions to humanity and the planet.
Second is Finland and then Switzerland with the UK the 7th best country while the fondness for starting wars in the Middle East and generally being all round warmongers drags down the United States to a lowly 114th out of the 125 nations represented for International Peace leaving them in 21st place in the overall rankings.
America's neighbour Canada earns bragging rights in the North American continent by landing a 12th place finish and Australia are 15th.
The global leeches are Libya in last place and then Vietnam, Iraq, Azerbaijan and Angola although to be fair three the bottom three nations lack of contributions are a result of the actions of the 7th and 21st ranked countries.
So it's a hearty Toora Loora and the raising of a pint of Guinness to the Irish for being so damn good although i am left wondering just what Ireland actually contributes.