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Charted: How Much Do Countries Trust the United Nations?

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How Much Do Countries Trust the United Nations?

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Do you trust the United Nations (UN) in carrying out its objectives of maintaining peace and security, protecting human rights, and upholding international law?

Survey results from Edelman’s 2024 Trust Barometer Global Report show that some countries’ citizens believe strongly in the UN to “do the right thing,” while others are less trusting.

Ranked: 28 Countries Trust Levels in the United Nations in 2024

To gauge trust in the United Nations, Edelman surveyed more than 32,000 respondents between 28 countries in November 2023. Each country sample of 1,150 people is statistically significant and representative.

According to the results, respondents from Japan and Argentina had the least amount of trust in the UN when it came to “doing the right thing.”

Country% who trust the UN to "Do the right thing"
๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต Japan38%
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท Argentina38%
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Italy48%
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ U.S.50%
๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Spain50%
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Ireland50%
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Germany50%
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท France51%
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด Colombia51%
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Saudi Arabia52%
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Australia52%
๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ South Africa53%
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada54%
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท South Korea56%
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง UK57%
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ Malaysia59%
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท Brazil59%
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Singapore60%
๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Netherlands60%
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ Mexico61%
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Sweden63%
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉ Indonesia65%
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ช UAE66%
๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Nigeria71%
๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ Thailand75%
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ China76%
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ช Kenya77%
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ India77%

Just 38% of Japanese and Argentinian people had faith in the UN, by far the lowest levels of trust. Only one other country was below the 50% trust mark: Italy at 48%.

Many major economies and G7 countries had trust levels hovering between 50โ€“60%, including the U.S. and Germany at 50% and the UK at 57%.

Meanwhile, India and Kenya had the highest levels of trust in the UN at 77%, with China right behind at 76%. In general, African and Asian nations tended to have higher levels of trust in the UN, though there were exceptions like South Africa (53%) and South Korea (56%)

It’s also worth noting that views within countries can differ significantly. Separate data on this topic from Pew Research shows that public opinion of the UN is split along ideological lines. In the U.S., there’s a 45 percentage point difference, with more conservative respondents having significantly lower trust in the UN.

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Ranked: Countries with the Most Embassies Around the World

The Global Diplomacy Index attempts to quantify and compare diplomatic networks by ranking countries with the most embassies worldwide.

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Mapped: Countries with the Most Embassies Around the World

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Itโ€™s easy to contextualize a country’s economic might (GDP) or military prowess (military budgets), but what about diplomatic influence?

The Global Diplomacy Index by the Lowy Institute is an attempt to measure and compare diplomatic networks worldwide to understand the foreign ties that influence geopolitics.

From their 2024 update, we visualize the top 25 countries with the most embassies worldwide. Data for this graphic is current up to November 2023, and does not reflect diplomatic consequences from the Israel-Hamas war.

Ranked: Countries by Worldwide Embassy Count

China leads with 173 embassies around the world, eclipsing the U.S. (168) by just five more foreign posts.

Former colonial powers, France (158) and the UK (156) rank third and fourth respectively. Japan (152) rounds out the top five.

RankCountryEmbassies Overseas
1๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ China173
2๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ U.S.168
3๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท France158
4๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง UK156
5๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต Japan152
6๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Germany148
7๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท Tรผrkiye145
8๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Russia143
9๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท Brazil135
10๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ India135
11๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Italy124
12๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Spain114
13๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท South Korea114
14๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Netherlands106
15๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Saudi Arabia104
16๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ Switzerland102
17๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada98
18๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ South Africa98
19๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉ Indonesia92
20๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ Poland91
21๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Czech Republic91
22๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฐ Pakistan89
23๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท Argentina87
24๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ Hungary87
25๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Sweden87

Note: As of November, 2023.

The index notes some key findings in the regional footprint of all these foreign posts as well.

For example, China has a larger diplomatic presence in Africa, East Asia, and the Pacific, while the U.S. leads in the Americas, Europe, and South Asia. This reflects the two superpowersโ€™ trade and economic ties as well.

Meanwhile, Tรผrkiye and India have grown their diplomatic networks the most in recent years. Interestingly, both countries prioritized Africa in their new outreach. In fact, India is a key export destination for many African countries.

Russia meanwhile had to close 14 foreign missions since it invaded Ukraine in 2022, slipping two ranking spots between 2017 and 2022.

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