I’m glad to see Simon resurface recently in a partnership between him and research firm GMI. They have launched the Anholt-GMI Nation Brands Index.
According to the Web site, “Nation brand is an important concept in today’s world. Globalization means that countries compete with each other for the attention, respect and trust of investors, tourists, consumers, donors, immigrants, the governments of other nations and the media: so a powerful and positive nation brand provides a crucial competitive advantage. It is essential for countries both rich and poor to understand how they are seen by the publics around the world; how their achievements and failures, their assets and liabilities, and their people and products are reflected in their brand image.”
Sweden came out on top overall (The lower the score the better)…
It’s probably next to impossible to find someone who doesn’t have a positive image of Sweden. But I was surprised to see the US score so high. The study acknowledges that only a limited number of countries were included in this first survey and that the US might not have scored so high if countries like France, Australia, New Zealand, and others were included. It will be interesting to follow this survey in future quarters.
This index is free for download, for now at least, and well worth a read.