Globalization or Just Blarney?
January 10, 2003 7:47 PM   Subscribe

Ireland rated the most globalized country in the world. After calculating a globalization index that measures foreign travel, foreign investment, international political engagement, and Internet usage, Foreign Policy magazine declared Ireland the most global nation in the world, primarily due to the developing software industry in that country. The findings also show that Saudi Arabia had the greatest decrease in the 2002-2003 globalization rankings than any other country on the index. If Saudi Arabia is as closed off from the rest of the world as this index suggests, what does this suggest about the current "war on terrorism"?
posted by jonp72 (6 comments total)
It suggests that Saudi Arabia should be bombed ? right ?
posted by bureaustyle at 8:48 PM on January 10, 2003

By Ireland.
posted by Utilitaritron at 9:25 PM on January 10, 2003

American citizens can reclaim Irish citizenship if one of their grandparents emigrated as an Irish citizen.

With dual US-Irish citizenship you are a citizen of the E.U., allowing you to work throughout Europe.

The Irish are selling, and while it may not be your cup of tea, they'll find buyers.

That's globalization. ;)
posted by dglynn at 11:25 PM on January 10, 2003

Developing software industry!? ;) Well its either us or them Injuns but software development is sooo 90s.

Its not that suprising though, its almost a right of passage in Ireland if you have any wit about you at all, to spend a few years abroad hanging around. I had read the Foreign Policy survey a few months ago. While very pleased we Irish led the world in the enigmatically titled 'Personal contact' section, the thing that spooked me most was that we're allegedly the happiest people in the entire world ( poor Bulgaria seem to be stuck in a Joy Division hell). If this is as good as it gets, I want my money back.

Also Ireland's fairly strict policy of NOT CUTTING PEOPLES HEADS OF WITH SWORDS may have contributed too.
posted by Damienmce at 12:28 PM on January 11, 2003

I like the very globalized way that on Irish roads distances are in KM and speeds are in MPH. Or vice versa, I forget...
posted by rikabel at 12:58 AM on January 16, 2003

Actually, the MPH signs are on the right side of the road, and the KM signs are on the left side of the road: a country blessed with options....
posted by ParisParamus at 3:21 AM on January 16, 2003

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