According to the inaugural Quality of Nationality Index (QNI), Denmark has been ranked second in the world.
With a score of 83 percent, Denmark was just pipped by top nation Germany (83.1 percent), while the Nordic quartet of Finland (82), Norway (81.7), Iceland (81.6) and Sweden (81.6) followed to make up the top six.
The index (here in English), published by Henley & Partners, a global leader in residence and citizenship planning, takes internal factors (including scale of economy, human development, peace and stability) and external factors (such as visa-free travel and ability to work conditions) into consideration.
“QNI measures both the internal value of nationality, which refers to the quality of life within a nationality’s country of origin, and the external value of nationality, which identifies the diversity and quality of opportunities that nationalities allow us to pursue outside our countries of origin,” the index explains.
Austria, Ireland, France and Switzerland completed the top 10, while other notables included the UK (11), the US (28), Japan (30), Australia (33), South Korea (36), Brazil (38), China and Russia (both 60), South Africa 89), Nigeria (101) and India (102).
The Democratic Republic of Congo, Afghanistan and the Central African Republic found themselves at the bottom of the list.