The United States, what with its exceptionalism and completely civilized presidential elections and transfers of power, ranked 18th on the list, earning a score of 74. Last year, the USA notched 76 points, which seems very patriotic, for some reason.
Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Norway in addition to Denmark, all scored quite highly on the list. All of these countries follow the Nordic Model, a system of government that combines the welfare state with collective bargaining rights and regulated, free market capitalism. Even though they’re the very tall descendants of vikings, it appears Scandinavians are pretty damn nice to each other -- and apparently, pretty honest, too.