Study: French nationality remains the best in the world

French nationality has once again been ranked as the best in the world, while for citizens of the UK, the ramifications of a “hard” Brexit could well sink the quality of their nationality from 8th globally, to 56th (the current position of China).

Money Buzz! Europa learned this data from the latest findings of the Kälin and Kochenov’s Quality of Nationality Index (QNI), which is the only ranking that objectively measures and ranks all the world’s nationalities as legal statuses.

Holding the top spot for eight consecutive years, France earned a score of 83.5% out of a possible 100% — less than one percentage point ahead of Germany and the Netherlands, which sit in joint-2nd place with 82.8%. France’s comparative advantage lies in its greater settlement freedom (attributable mainly to the country’s former colonial empire).

In the top 10 on this year’s index, Denmark finds itself in 3rd place with a score of 81.7%, while Norway and Sweden hold joint-4th spot with 81.5%. Positions 5-10 are held by Iceland, Finland, Italy, the UK, Ireland and Spain, in that order.

The US occupies 25th place on the QNI with a score of 70.0% — the country’s relatively poor standing is primarily due to its low settlement freedom compared to EU member states. 

China ranks 56th, a four-place improvement on last year, and the Russian Federation climbs up two positions to 62nd place. The UAE has attained its highest rank ever, securing 42nd place. The bottom three nationalities on this year’s QNI are South Sudan, Afghanistan and Somalia.