German and American Citizenship Put to the Test in New Report

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

161 countries were put to the test in the Quality of Nationality Index (QNI) report that ranks the overall quality of citizenship, based a variety of factors, and sitting on the top of the list is Germany, which has held that place since the QNI began ranking in 2011.

The consultancy firm behind the QNI, Henley & Partners, looks at each country’s human development (health, education, and standard of living), economic strength and the overall level of peace and stability. External factors are also considered to see how easily citizens can move around and travel, including the freedom to travel to surrounding countries without a visa.

While the UK currently sits in 11th place on the QNI, it was noted that if they were out of the EU today, the country would sink to 30th place on the list.

How did the U.S. fare? We came in at number 28 on the list, down from last year’s 27th place ranking, as there is a continued weakness in the peace and stability that is taking away from the still strong economic strength.

Sources: QNI, Quartz

Photo: Ed Dunens [Flickr]

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