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Congratulation to the winners of the Daily Positive (D+) World's Most Positive Countries 2014! D+ is pleased to announce the list of top 10 World’s Most Positive Countries for 2014. In the fourth year of the award series, England topped the list of the world’s most positive countries for second year in a row.

The top 10 World’s Most Positive Countries 2014 along with respective ranking points are as follows:

Country Name Total Points
England.gif England 662
China.gif China 643
United States.gif United States of America 631
Switzerland.gif Switzerland 613
Australia.gif Australia 602
Sweden.gif Sweden 589
Germany.gif Germany 572
Japan.gif Japan 564
France.gif France 549
Brazil.gif Brazil 538

For more on the winners visit World’s Most Positive Countries 2014 Press Release.

The annual event to reveal the top 10 World’s Most Positive Countries recognizes the countries with the most positive initiatives and actions. D+ introduces this list of countries based on a positivity index.


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Press Release 2014

November 01, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


England Retained the World’s Most Positive Country Title


England is crowned as the world’s most positive country for 2014, according to the annual global index published by Daily Positive (D+), an exclusive online media from Australia for positive news. In the fourth year of the award series, England topped the list of the world’s most positive countries for second year in a row.

The annual list of top ten most positive countries is compiled based on a global expert panel rating, a D+ journalists rating, a global web poll and the number of positive news entries in 2014 on the D+ website.

The top 10 World’s Most Positive Countries for 2014 along with respective ranking points are as follows:

Country Name Total Points
England.gif England 662
China.gif China 643
United States.gif United States of America 631
Switzerland.gif Switzerland 613
Australia.gif Australia 602
Sweden.gif Sweden 589
Germany.gif Germany 572
Japan.gif Japan 564
France.gif France 549
Brazil.gif Brazil 538

The top 10 positive countries for 2014 earned their places with some distinguished and diverse positive achievements throughout the year. For instance, England unveiled the world's largest aircraft, English scientists sequenced the genome of the world's oldest continuously surviving cancer, English doctors helped a paralyzed man walk again after a world first pioneering therapy that involved transplanting cells from his nasal cavity into his spinal cord, English researchers won various prestigious awards, such as, Millennium Technology Prize, Kavli Prize, Fields Medal and Noble Prize. Analysis of the comments made at the D+ global poll suggests that surviving the Scottish independence referendum and being able to remain unified with Scotland gave England that extra edge in the D+ global poll over other countries as it was seen as the toughest tests of all that any country in the list had to endure in 2014.

The rise of China seems unstoppable as it climbed one step from last year to the second position in the 2014 D+ list of most positive countries. Despite controversial human rights records, the Chinese achievements simply could not be ignored. One of the biggest achievements for China during 2014 was the large trade and cooperation deals signed with the European Union, France, Russia, Switzerland and Britain, among others. China has overtaken the United States to become the world’s largest economy based on Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) measure, according to figures from the International Monetary Fund. China also launched its first experimental spacecraft that is scheduled to orbit the moon before returning to Earth. Signaling that China is firmly behind international actions to address issues, such as, illegal elephant ivory trade and wellbeing, it has seized and destroyed tons of elephant ivory accumulated through enforcement actions and banned smoking in schools with greater impact.

The United States of America (USA) is in third position in 2014. USA continued to be impressive with research and innovation according to top ranked journal publications. However, this year they faced some steep competitions from Europe and Asia. Its efforts in Africa against the ongoing Ebola outbreak were hugely approving among the D+ global poll participants. D+ external expert panel members repeatedly recognized USA for its recent stable economic growth, decline in unemployment figures and steady foreign aids.

In 2014 Switzerland moved up into the fourth position in the list from seventh last year with its robust economy. According to data published by World Economic Forum, Switzerland retained its crown as the world’s most competitive economy for the sixth year in a row. Apart from that, Science and Sports are the next two categories where Switzerland has shined with positive achievements. According to D+ external expert panel members, Switzerland was able to depict a sustained model of development with well-balanced economies between industries and Research and Development (R&D) investments, a developed democracy and excelling education systems, an effective government and political stability and appealing life style.

Australia slid down to fifth position in 2014 list of most positive countries. Australia has attempted to improve relationship with its neighboring countries as well as with its larger trade partners, such as, India, Japan, China and South Korea in an effort to maintain a solid and sustaining economy. Also, creation of a smartphone-linked bionic pancreas, winning Microsoft Imagine Cup with eye-scanning health app Eyenaemia, making a unique kit containing 3D-printed body parts for medical schools, producing the world's most sensitive thermometer and in a world first, transplanting human hearts which had stopped are some of the other notable Aussie achievements.

Sweden advanced two steps to sixth position in 2014. Among its different positive achievements, medical research stories kept Sweden exceling throughout the year. In particular, doctors in Sweden not only transplanted wombs into nine women donated from relatives but also in a medical first helped a woman to give birth to a baby boy with the help of a transplanted womb. Seventh placed Germany won the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and became the first European team to clinch the championship in South America. Germany continued to increase electricity generation from renewable sources and continued to maintain its integrity as a world-class manufacturer.

Japan made it back to the list of most positive countries in 2014 and is in eighth position. Japan in 2014 ranked as the most efficient country in the Asia and Pacific region at turning creative inputs into tangible innovation, made notable progress in stem cells research, unveiled more advanced robots including world's first personal robot that can read human emotions, won Nobel Prize in Physics and attempted to increase the export of local products with the help of trade deals including free trade agreement with Australia. France is another country that returned to the list in 2014. France was able to increase cooperation with international communities in form of aid and trade deals, attracted a record-breaking 84.7 million tourists and won Nobel Prizes in Literature and Economic Science.

Brazil became the first ever South American country to make it to the list of world’s most positive countries. Brazil has emerged as a regional leader and established itself as an exemplary democracy in the region. Brazil gained world’s admiration by hosting an impressive football world cup. The world cup brought economic growth in the country by means of infrastructures, stadiums, airports and tourism despite some unsatisfactory circumstances.

There are three changes in 2014 from last year’s list of most positive countries. Canada, South Korea and New Zealand did not attract enough of our 3189 global poll participants with 64% men and 36% female. According to the 2014 global poll result, World Peace, Economy, Science and Innovation, Education, International Relation, Environment and Sports were the most popular choice of positive accomplishments among both men and women participants. Other topics of interest were Space Exploration, Better Public Services, Freedom of Speech, Tourism and Response to World Medical Emergencies.

Further analysis on the top three popular choices of positive accomplishments - World Peace, Economy and Science and Innovation - against different age groups suggests individuals belonging to Middle Ages were more vigilant about Economy than others. On the other hand older generation was more interested into World Peace and younger generation was captivated by Science and Innovation.

D+ top ten world’s most positive countries attracted supports from all around the world in our global poll. It was interesting to see the trends in supports by dividing the poll results into five major geographical regions and collecting a subset where individuals voted for a country different than their nationalities. For instance, Brazil attracted huge supports from Europe and the USA charmed the Asians including some endorsements from the Middle East.

Finally, we analyzed the comments made during global polls in 2014 and in all past three years of D+ world’s most positive countries initiatives. It is found that the overall percentage of people hopeful for a positive future was steadily growing with an exception for this year where it dropped slightly compared to last year.

D+ will present these and other observations in details at a presentation ceremony on 25 November 2014 at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

The nations outside of the 2014 list of most positive countries also achieved some significant height. India successfully put a satellite into orbit around Mars, becoming the fourth country to do so and the first nation to arrive on its first attempt and the first Asian country to reach the Red Planet. Nigeria has overtaken South Africa as Africa's largest economy after a rebasing calculation nearly doubled its Gross Domestic Product. Nigeria has also shown the world a way to stop Ebola epidemic. In Bangladesh, thanks to a series of measures taken over the last couple of decades more girls are now continuing their education at the secondary level as enrollment of girls has risen to over 6 million from 1.1 million in 1991. While speaking of girl’s education, Iranian Professor Maryam Mirzakhani was awarded the 2014 Fields Medal, the most prestigious honor in mathematics, for her highly original contributions to the fields of geometry and dynamical systems and became first woman to win the prize, which was established in 1936.

On the eve of the announcement, Dr. Arif Jubaer, founder of D+, said, "Despite ongoing conflicts, epidemics and other distressing situations around us, the global citizens continued to create hopes, possibilities and opportunities and D+ is determined to recognize these heroes each year."

For more information on the World’s Most Positive Countries 2014 visit http://www.dailypositive.org/Most_Positive_Countries

Contact Information:
Contact Person: Dr. Arif Jubaer, Founder, Daily Positive (D+)
Web Address: http://www.dailypositive.org/
Email: arif.jubaer@dailypositive.org
Mobile: +61-411215302

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World’s Most Positive Countries 2014 FAQ

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What is “World’s Most Positive Countries (WMPC)”?
D+’s annual initiative World’s Most Positive Countries (WMPC) selects 10 countries based on positive events, such as, business developments, peace projects, sports achievements and scientific innovations accomplished during the current calendar year inside the countries and in the global stage. For the WMPC initiative D+ considers only those achievements that are accomplished in a competitive manner and have significant impacts on the lifestyle of the citizens under the given context of each individual country.

What is positive news?
Example of positive news are, but need not be restricted to, revealing Nobel Prize Winners, Sports World Cup Winners, New Inventions, New World Records etc. D+ does not consider “feel-good” news, such as, donation of a local citizen to a local charity, saving a dog from a burning house etc. Instead it captures accomplishments with widespread impact on the community within a country and beyond. Each of D+’s news content is curated and researched by international researchers, independent journalists and community contributors at the time of publishing the news.

What is that WMPC captures?
The initiative of the World’s Most Positive Countries endeavors to calculate and quantify the impact of the positive accomplishments from different disciplines and subject-maters for each country. D+ ranks all countries in the world based on its positivity index.


Announcement of the 2014 World's Most Positive Countries: 1 November 2014, 3.30 PM, Melbourne, Australia time
Presentation Ceremony: 25 November 2014 at The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia

About Positivity Index

World’s Most Positive Countries 2014 External-Expert Panel Members
Alexandra Chapman, Management Consultant, Totally Optimized Projects, Australia Aloy Ejimakor, Editor, African Herald Express, Nigeria
Bob Eden, Civil Engineer, Regional Rail Link, United Kingdom Camille Laville, Academic, Institute for Advanced Studies in Social Communication, Belgium
Carolina Escudero, Program Director, University of Missouri, USA Dr. Cheah Wai Shiang, Senior Lecturer, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, Malaysia
Dixie Dansercoer, Explorer and Executive Director, Polar Circles, Belgium Edward Cherlins, Program Manager, Sugar Labs, USA
Frances Tugumisirize, Manager, Sunbeam Project, Uganda Francisco Gonçalves, IT Architect, Softelabs, Portugal
Ganesh Hiregoudar, Senior Manager, EMC, India Dr. Giannis Antoniou, Lecturer, Philips College, Cyprus
Julien Leyre, Founder, CEO, Marco Polo Project, Australia Kaberi Chatterjee, Founder & Editor, FinalDraft Editing & Publishing Services, CITRUS Magazine, Canada
Kate Aubourg, Independent Writer and Journalist, United Kingdom Luciane Lauffer, Media Liaison and Journalist, Brazil Talk, Brazil-Australia
Nurunnaby Chowdhury, Journalist, Prothom-Alo, Bangladesh Steve Cairns, Project Manager, Pinpoint Marketing, Australia
Urs Meier, Partnerships and Collaborations Officer, City of Melbourne, Australia Viktors Freibergs, Director, The University of Latvia, Latvia

The D+’s Positivity Index quantifies positive achievements, initiatives and actions accomplished by each country of the world. Each country is assigned a score based on the followings:


Each country will score a total from each of the above categories which will then be added together to compute the final results. The country with the highest total points is considered the most positive country. Ten countries in all will be ranked - the most to the tenth most positive countries. For more information and further details on each of the above mentioned factors feel free to email us at info@dailypositive.org.

In order to improve the positivity index D+ removed the following criteria from 2011

Press Release 2013

November 01, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

England is the World’s Most Positive Country for 2013


Positive accomplishments in the area of scientific innovation, economy and international relations are considered as the top three requirements for being one of the most positive countries, according to the Daily Positive (D+) global poll on positive achievements.

D+, an exclusive online media for positive news, is pleased to announce the list of top 10 World’s Most Positive Countries 2013 (WMPC’13). In the third year of the award series, England jumped into the top spot in 2013 from last year’s third position.

The World’s Most Positive Countries initiative recognizes the positive achievements, initiatives and actions accomplished by each country of the world. The list was compiled based on global expert panel rating, D+ journalists-volunteers rating, global social media survey, and the number of positive news entries in 2013 in the D+ website.

The top 10 World’s Most Positive Countries 2013 along with respective ranking points are as follows:

Country Name Total Points
England.gif England 715
United States.gif United States of America 696
China.gif China 658
Australia.gif Australia 612
Germany.gif Germany 564
Canada.gif Canada 520
Switzerland.gif Switzerland 432
Sweden.gif Sweden 416
Korea South.gif South Korea 399
New Zealand.gif New Zealand 373


On the eve of the announcement, Dr. Arif Jubaer, founder of D+, said, "We have seen increased interest around the world regarding this annual list of positive countries and the participations were higher than ever before. It was great to see D+'s mission to spread positive news is reaching out to the furthest corner of the world."

The winners made it to the list with some great news and positive accomplishments throughout the year. England was impressive with scientific innovations, archeological discoveries and renewable energy initiatives, among others. Its contributions to medical science were highly regarded which include facilitation of world's first ever birth of a baby using Eeva technology which allows doctors to choose the healthiest embryos for IVF treatment and first ever successful liver transplantation while keeping the organ warm and functioning outside a human body. The United States of America moved down to second spot in the list this year. Alleged National Security Agency spying and government shutdown hurt the US popularity. However, it remained strong in research and innovation.

China moved up into third position with its strong international diplomacy that continued to generate interests among countries around the world seeking economic partnerships with it. Despite maintaining strong economy Australia dropped to fourth position with political instability in the country.

Germany not only maintained the leading role in the European Union but also continued to impress with its initiatives with renewable energy. The education system of Canada, particularly the research strength of its universities was highly regarded.

Robust economy, environment friendly development and its diplomatic relationship with its European neighbors earned Switzerland the seventh spot in the list. This is the first time Switzerland made it to the list. Sweden climbed up two steps into the eighth position this year with its sustainable growth in education, research and excellent public services, though often came under scrutiny for the 2013 Stockholm riots.

South Korea is another country that made it to the list of most positive countries for the first time. The handling of 2013 Korean crisis that almost brought South and North Koreans on the brink of a war was highly praised. Finally, New Zealand made it back to the list with its timely and competent decisions related to its biggest industries, such as, contamination scare of its dairy products in 2013.

There were three changes in 2013 from last year’s list of the most positive countries. France, Japan and India could not make it to the list. Based on the global poll comments, France seems to have lost that charm of one of the leading nations of the European Union and struggled with issues like higher unemployment rate and war in Mali. On the other hand, despite experiencing strong technological advancements by Japan, the Fukushima disaster cleanup efforts alone had created substantial backlogs on Japan’s national policies, such as, investment in renewable energy. Series of sexual assaults on women badly destroyed India’s image which prompted the government to measure some recovery actions like introduction of visa on arrival for handful of countries in order to boost the tourism industry.

Further analysis on the WMPC’13 result also provides some interesting insights. According to the global poll conducted for WMPC’13, Innovation and discovery, Economy, International Relation, Environment and Sports achievements were the most popular choice of positive accomplishments among 4254 global participants with 45% women and 55% men. Among other popular subject area of positive accomplishments picked by the participants are peace, literature, improved public services, freedom of speech and reduction in corruptions.

Analysis of the comments made in the poll by the women participants suggests that women admire accomplishments related to ancient affair or nature, such as, archaeological discoveries equally with latest scientific and technological advancements. On the other hand, men were significantly more interested in positive accomplishments regarding economy, international relation and sports.

D+ will present these and other observations in details at a presentation ceremony on 25 November 2013 at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

The countries those could not make it to the top 10 also produced some great positive news stories. It was probably the best year yet for the women in Saudi Arabia. Among few positive changes, the Saudi women were not only granted seats on the country's top advisory council for the first time but also made history by reaching the summit of the world's highest mountain, Mount Everest. Russia continued to increase its positive image, slow but steady, for the second year in a row. Still shown dominance in space programs and was highly praised for its stand against Syria’s chemical weapons; amid likely confrontation with the US. South Sudan, the world's newest country, has advanced with work on offering training to returned soldiers as a means of boosting the economy, focusing on girls' education and making progress towards border security with its former rival, Sudan.

For more information on the World’s Most Positive Countries 2013 initiative visit http://www.dailypositive.org/Most_Positive_Countries

Contact Information:
Contact Person: Dr. Arif Jubaer, Founder, Daily Positive (D+)
Web Address: http://www.dailypositive.org/
Email: arif.jubaer@dailypositive.org
Mobile: +61-411215302

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Press Release 2012

November 01, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The United States of America Crowned the World’s Most Positive Country for 2012


Daily Positive (D+), an exclusive online media for positive news, is pleased to announce the top 10 winners of the World’s Most Positive Countries for 2012. In the second year of the award series, the United States of America took the top position from last year’s winner Australia.

The World’s Most Positive Countries initiative recognizes the positive achievements, initiatives and actions accomplished by each country of the world. Based on the accomplishments, D+ publishes an annual list of 10 most positive countries.

The top 10 World’s Most Positive Countries 2012 along with respective ranking points are as follows:

Country Name Total Points
United States of America 905
Australia 831
England 778
China 734
Japan 648
Germany 602
Canada 593
France 575
India 541
Sweden 520

The points were calculated based on a global expert panel rating, D+ journalists-volunteers rating, a global social media survey, and the number of positive news entries in 2012 in the D+ website. This multifaceted positive news publications, analysis and global survey feedback of 2012 generated some great reviews for the winners. The USA maintained strong sense of innovation throughout the year, such as the Nobel Prize wins to Mars Rover of NASA. It has shown some positive signs of economic recovery. The presidential election campaigns attracted positive attitude towards the USA, which also demonstrated the great and stable political system of the USA amid fierce contest between the President and his opponent.

Australia, despite the apparent political backlog, continued to maintain a strong economy compared to the other developed countries in 2012. The country was also praised for its contribution in medical science, efficient natural disaster management and for introducing tax on carbon emitters. It is the first country in the world to do this.

England has been in the news for positive reasons, thanks to the 2012 Olympic Games and Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Insights for Scotland's independence also improved the English image in general. China found its position in the top 10, being considered as a major driving force in the world economy, despite its economy showing signs of slowing down.

Japan was hailed for their continuous progress in science, infrastructure and research despite the burden of natural disasters. Apart from these facts Japan was also praised for contribution in socio-economic development and humanitarian work.

Germany and France are leading the current European Union crisis and to some extent considered as positive due to their impact on the world economy. Canada's involvements in global leadership issues were seen as somewhat limited. Nevertheless, its people kept maintaining better lifestyle. Canada was also acknowledged for political stability and humanitarian work.

India's successful fight against polio stood out. Apart from that India has been creating positive image with their consistent economic growth despite alleged widespread corruptions. Sweden's winning of the Eurovision song contest title, as well as success in medical science and information technology helped the country to get into the list. People have shown great satisfaction in their lifestyle in Sweden.

Apart from the top 10 winners, there was also positive news elsewhere. Burma had a year of positive political changes and reforms. Despite Russia's negative media coverage it established itself as frontrunner of the space programs, which also includes collaborative programs with the old rival America. Brazil not only kept showing leadership in the Latin American region, but also led with environmental initiatives to create examples for the rest of the world.

Upon announcing the top 10 winners of the World’s Most Positive Countries for 2012, Dr. Arif Jubaer, founder of D+, stated “I feel that D+ is making a positive impact on people by reporting positive news. The initiative of World’s Most Positive Countries will encourage individuals and countries to take more positive actions for a positive future.”

For more information on the World’s Most Positive Countries 2012 initiative visit http://www.dailypositive.org/Most_Positive_Countries

Contact Information:
Contact Person: Dr. Arif Jubaer, Founder, Daily Positive (D+)
Web Address: http://www.dailypositive.org/
Email: arif.jubaer@dailypositive.org
Mobile: +61-411215302

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Press Release 2011

November 01, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Australia topped the list of the World’s Most Positive Countries 2011


Australia is the most positive country in the world! Daily Positive (D+), a non-profit wiki-based project, has revealed today the list of World’s Most Positive Countries in 2011. The homeland of Kangaroos and Wallabies has topped the list, with the United States of America and England securing the second and third positions respectively.

The list of world’s 10 most positive countries 2011 is the first of its kind to recognize the positive achievements, initiatives and actions accomplished by each country of the world. Each country was assigned a score and ranked based on a number of factors, including ratings from external experts panel, global D+ volunteers/journalists, D+ social media fan, and weighted rating based on the most number of positive entries and visitors to each country page on D+.

Top 10 World’s Most Positive Countries 2011 along with respective ranking points are as follows:

Country Name Total Score
Australia 4053
United States of America 2463
England 2389
China 1515
Germany 1173
Japan 1141
France 1001
Canada 965
New Zealand 864
India 852

Australia clinched the title of the world’s most positive country in the global poll of over two thousand participants from all over the world. Approximately 25% of the voters quoted Australia as the top most positive country. In the global poll Australia was highly praised as one of the rare developed nation which avoided the recent global financial recession with minimal concern.

Apart from that Australian page on D+ was the most visited page in 2011. Also Australian, Japanese and the Americans were the top three nations who visited D+ the most in search of positivity.

The United States of America ranked 2nd in the global poll, however, the United States page on D+ had the most positive news entries than others.

England, France and Germany were seen as of the new global leaders, overtaking the United States in the face of the recent Arab uprising and European financial crisis.

Japan, China and India made it to the list for their respective positive achievements and actions. Japan was recognized for overcoming one of the worst nuclear fall-outs in history and still remained dignified, China made it - even being in the midst of all kinds of negative news related to human rights - because Chinese has shown the positive hardworking spirit to the world community and India was recognized for overcoming the stigma of being one of the poorest nations.

Finally, Canada and New Zealand were recognized as silent achievers.

Apart from the winners there are many notable points that came out of the world’s most positive countries 2011 initiative, such as, Libyan revolution was considered as positive amidst concern about the future, Brazil’s determination to come out of the shell of third world countries was considered commendable and Zambia was hailed for undertaking successful election to ensure the smooth transition of power from the incumbent to a candidate from opposition camp.

For more information on the World’s Most Positive Countries 2011 initiative visit http://www.dailypositive.org/Most_Positive_Countries

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