Hockey nations make the best nations

COLOGNE, GERMANY - MAY 12: Topi Jaakola #6 of Finland and Keith Yandle #93 of USA battle for the puck during the IIHF World Championship group A match between Finland and USA at Lanxess Arena on May 12, 2010 in Cologne, Germany. (Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Newsweek recently did a ranking of the world's best nations, and the ones at the top of the list are pretty darn good at hockey.  I don't think it's too neccesary to look into why this is, as clearly these poorer nations need to start investing in their hockey programs to better themselves.  Some countries are pretty darn good even without a top program (#4 Australia), and some good hockey nations have some other issues right now (#51 Russia).  So hockey standing isn't the be all and end all, but it's clearly important.  Russia would probably be ranked below Iran if it weren't for the hockey team. 

Sure, NewsWeek might claim to rank the countries on how well they score in Education, Health, Quality of Life, Economic Dynamism, and Political Environment, but what helps aid all those factors?  That's right, hockey.  Join me after the jump for further proof.

A special Hat Tip to Derek Zona of The Copper & Blue for posting the link over there. 


Best Nations in the World
NW Rank Country IIHF Member? IIHF Rank M/W
1 Finland Full 4 / 3
2 Switzerland Full 7 / 5
3 Sweden Full 3 / 4
4 Australia Full 34 / 25
5 Luxembourg Full 44 / NR
6 Norway Full 11 / 12
7 Canada Full 2 / 1
8 The Netherlands Full 25 / 23
9 Japan Full 21 / 9
10 Denmark Full 13 / 22
11 United States of America Full 6 / 2
12 Germany Full 9 / 11
13 New Zealand Full 40 / 30
14 United Kingdom Full 23 / 18
15 South Korea Full 33 / 28
16 France Full 15 / 14
17 Ireland Full 41 / NR
18 Austria Full 14 / 16
19 Belgium Full 36 / 26
20 Singapore Associate NR / NR
21 Spain Full 30 / NR
22 Israel Full 39 / NR
23 Italy Full 16 / 17
24 Slovenia Full 19 / 19
25 Czech Republic Full 5 / 13
26 Greece Associate 45 / NR
27 Portugal Associate NR / NR
28 Croatia Full 26 / 20
29 Poland Full 22 / NR
30 Chile Affiliate NR / NR
31 Slovakia Full 8 / 10
32 Estonia Full 27 / 33
33 Hungary Full 20 / 27
34 Lithuania Full 24 / NR
35 Costa Rica NO
36 Latvia Full 12 / 15
37 Malaysia Associate NR / NR
38 Bulgaria Full 31 / 24
39 Romania Full 28 / 31
40 Kuwait Associate NR / NR
41 Panama NO
42 Peru NO
43 United Arab Emirates Associate 47 / NR
44 Uruguay NO
45 Mexico Full 32 / NR
46 Argentina Associate NR / NR
47 Jamaica NO
48 Brazil Associate NR / NR
49 Ukraine Full 18 / NR
50 Cuba NO
51 Russia Full 1 / 6
52 Turkey Full 35 / 34
53 Jordan NO
54 Qatar NO
55 Dominican Republic NO
56 Belarus Full 10 / NR
57 Albania NO
58 Thailand Full NR / NR
59 China Full 37 / 7
60 Oman NO
61 Kazakhstan Full 17 / 8
62 Colombia NO
63 Philippines NO
64 Saudi Arabia NO
65 Tunisia NO
66 Sri Lanka NO
67 Morocco Associate NR / NR
68 Paraguay NO
69 Azerbaijan Full NR / NR
70 Ecuador NO
71 Venezuela NO
72 El Salvador NO
73 Indonesia NO
74 Egypt NO
75 Nicaragua NO
76 Honduras NO
77 Bolivia NO
78 India Full NR / NR
79 Iran NO
80 Botswana NO
81 Vietnam NO
82 South Africa Full 42 / 32
83 Syria NO
84 Guatemala NO
85 Algeria NO
86 Ghana NO
87 Kenya NO
88 Bangladesh NO
89 Pakistan NO
90 Madagascar NO
91 Senegal NO
92 Yemen NO
93 Tanzania NO
94 Ethiopia NO
95 Mozambique NO
96 Uganda NO
97 Zambia NO
98 Cameroon NO
99 Nigeria NO
100 Burkina Faso NO


The facts are undeniable.  Of the top 50 nations on Earth, 45 have IIHF memberships of some kind.  Of the next 50, only 10 have a membership.  There are 69 IIHF members total, and I'm sure some of the nations aren't included in Newsweek's listing, and would've made it on there somewhere (Hong Kong, Liechtenstein, Andorra).  Clearly war torn nations like Serbia and Bosnia have it right by starting up hockey programs to help lift themselves up. For the rest of these nations, it's pretty clear what they need to do.  If Costa Rica had a national hockey program, they'd probably be top 10, if not #1. 

Our hats are off to Finland.  They're as hockey mad as any nation on Earth, and just about everything else they score well in as well. 

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