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These Nationalities Have The Best Quality Of Life In The World, 2016

Germany ranked number 1 among nationalities with the best quality of life

Looking at 161 nationalities across the world, Henley & Partners has released a new ranking of nationalities “The Quality of Nationality Index” to show which have the best and worst quality of living globally.

Quality of life isn’t just about economics — it’s about country’s economy, nationals freedom of travel, work opportunities, stability, and a slew of other factors, at least according to the authors of a new index. Germany is leading the ranking.

The study differentiates nationality from country by considering how easy it is for citizens to travel without a visa and live and work abroad.

Based on these factors, each nationality was issued with a score between 0% – 100%. The higher the score, the better the quality of living.

It’s no surprise that Germany ranks No. 1 on the list which is reflected by figures that German nationals hold the strongest passport with visa-free access to 177 countries, also rated highly for their ability to live and work abroad easily and travel to a large number of countries without a visa.

Danish nationals enjoy the 2nd best quality of life with a score of 83%, followed by the Finnish, who have a score of 82%.

So without further ado, here are the 41 nationalities deemed to have the highest quality of life, along with the score for each. (Note, some nations are tied.)

1. Germany — 83.1%
2. Denmark — 83%
3. Finland — 82%
4. Norway — 81.7%
5. Sweden — 81.6%
5. Iceland — 81.6%
6. Ireland — 81%
6. Austria — 81%
7. France — 80.9%
8. Switzerland — 80.7%
9. Netherlands — 80.3%
10. Belgium — 80.2%
11. UK — 80.1%
12. Liechtenstein — 80%
13. Italy — 79.8%
13. Spain — 79.8%
14. Luxembourg — 79.3%
15. Czech Republic — 79.1%
16. Portugal — 78.9%
17. Slovenia — 78.8%
18. Hungary — 78%
19. Slovakia — 77.9%
20. Estonia — 76.7%
20. Poland — 76.7%
21. Greece — 76.5%
22. Malta — 76.4%
23. Lithuania — 76.2%
24. Latvia — 76%
25. Cyprus — 73.4%
26. Romania — 72.6%
27. Bulgaria — 72.4%
28. US — 63.5%
29. Croatia — 58.3%
30. Japan — 56.2%
31. New Zealand — 53.4%
32. Canada — 52.7%
33. Australia — 52.5%
34. Chile — 52.3%
35. Singapore — 51.9%
36. South Korea — 50.8%
37. Argentina — 50.4%

Infographic: Which nationalities have the best quality of life?

Infographic: Which nationalities have the best quality of life?

Prof. Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj
Prof. Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj is chief executive and editorial director of The CEOWORLD magazine, overseeing the organization’s news and features departments.

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Dr. Amarendra holds a Ph.D. in Finance and Banking from the European Global School in France; a Doctoral Degree in Chartered Accountancy from the European International University Paris; and a Doctorate in Business Administration from Kyiv National University of Technologies and Design (KNUTD), Ukraine.

He earned his Master of Business Administration degree in Finance and his Master's Degree In Chartered Accountancy (CA) from European Global School Paris. Dr. Amarendra also holds a Master of Business Administration degree in International Relations and Affairs from the American University of Athens, Alabama, United States. Prof. Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj is a macro-economist and visiting professor at Kyiv National University of Technologies and Design (KNUTD), Ukraine.

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