Country Insights popular September 13, 2022 / 12:24 pm UTC

Country Insights Country Strength Index changes 2020Q2 vs 2022Q2

By Grant Hixon

The change in Country Strength Index from 2020 Q2 to 2022 Q2 releases show Singapore, South Korea and Japan amongst the largest improvements. Hungary, Colombia, Austria and Iceland have deteriorated the most over the period.  While our country strength index is an overall measure of country risk, it does perhaps also show where a relatively low score could translate into less preparedness for crises such as COVID19.  Brazil's deterioration through the decade certainly left it less prepared, though the key problem in the current crisis remains the lax attitude of the Brazilian president towards COVID19.  At the other side, South Korea and Singapore show ongoing improvement in Country Strength Index and suggests robustness for crises, which has translated into better choices during the COVID19 crisis -- though South Korea preparedness is also a reflection of their experience with MERS. 

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