Berlin, Sept 14: Germany, for the sixth year in a row, topped the Quality of Nationality Index, with a score of 82.7 per cent. The second spot was bagged by Denmark and France with 82.4 per cent and Iceland ranked fourth with a score of 81.3 per cent. Conducted by law professor Dimitry Kochenov, the study was published by UK-based international immigration consultants Henley & Partners.

Surprisingly, the UK did not feature in the top 10 countries list. It booked 12th spot for itself with a score of 79.2 per cent. Meanwhile, the US ranked 29th with a score of 68.8 per cent, mainly due to its relatively low ‘Settlement Freedom’ compared to nationalities of the EU member states.

Here is the list of top 10 countries:

1. Germany
2. France
2. Denmark
3. Iceland
4. Sweden
5. Norway
6. Finland
7. Austria
7. Italy
8. Netherlands
9. Switzerland
10. Spain

Managing partner at global citizenship advisory firm Henley & Partners in South Africa Nigel Barnes has been quoted as saying by a report that nationality plays a significant role in determining the opportunities and aspirations of people.

The index objectively measures both the internal value of nationality – the quality of life and opportunities for personal growth within a nationality’s country of origin – and the external value of nationality.

The global mean in 2016 was 39.32 per cent, with Afghanistan at the last spot of the index with a score of 14.6 per cent.