For six years, Germany has found itself at the top of the Quality of Nationality Index (QNI), giving it the reputation as offering the best quality of life for its citizens, but recent trends are showing that its title could soon fade as France and Denmark are poised to overthrow the world leader.
So how close is the race? 2016’s QNI showed Germany holding onto the number one spot with an 82.7% rating. France and Denmark ended with a second place tie just shy of Germany with a rating of 82.4%.
How much cred the statistic has can be debated, but compared to other ‘quality’ indexes, the QNI boasts that it is the world’s only objective measurement of nationality, taking in data from the World Bank, International Air Transport Association, and the Institute for Economics and Peace. In the end, seven key data points including economic strength, human development, freedom of diversity, overseas opportunities and ease of travel are used to piece together a picture of the freedoms each citizen has.
Looking at the global map of rankings, it is easy to see that Europe has a clear dominance over the top of the QNI, and with many still considering the United States as one of the best countries to live in in the world, it has failed to impress in the rankings each year. Since reaching its high in 2013 at a 24th place finish, the country has seen its ranking decline steadily to end at 29th place in 2016. While its ranking has declined, the actually score has seen an improvement, moving from 63.9% in 2011 to 68.8% today… it has just risen slower than competing countries.