What Do Sweden and Costa Rica have in common?
The Global Green Economy Index measures how environmentally friendly are countries across the globe. Global Green Economy Index was making the following countries as top of the list in 2018 Sweden, Switzerland and Iceland . Looking back few years in 2014 Sweden also topped the list. The update for 2019 will be happening in coming months, but many countries on the top of the list continue to be from Scandinavia. In last update from the top 5 countries on the list only Switzerland is not in Scandinavia and Iceland, which is close to the region nonetheless. All of these countries have one of the highest GDP per capitas. Moreover, the cost of living is too among the highest in the world. The debt levels are different in these countries with some having increase in GDP to debt in recent years. However, ranking might not be considering all facts.
Looking few years back the According to 2014 Global Green Economy Index, Sweden, Norway and Costa Rica considered one of the greenest countries in the world. All of their currencies have been losing against the US dollar in recent years. Despite the fact that Sweden and Norway have strong manufacturing industries, they have still managed to be the world’s greenest countries. Sweden is known for the telecom industry popular Ericsson mobile and other phone devices. Besides that, the strong manufacturing industry members and good products of those companies are well known in the world, as Volvo, Ericsson and Skype. At the same time, Norway is not only known for its marine industry. It has strong manufacturing presence as a Gudbrandsdal Industrier As, one of the first cheese slider producers. It has even strong oil sector, which comes as a surprise on the fact that it is one of the ecofriendly countries. In addition, all of the three countries are in high demand for tourists. With 11 million for Sweden, 5 million for Norway and some 3 million for Costa Rica rounded up, according to World Tourism Organization. Nevertheless, Costa Rica climate and its proximity to the United States as well as cheaper prices make it attractive for the large number of tourists.
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