Kälin and Kochenov’s Quality of Nationality Index includes factors such as the freedom to travel and settle, peace and stability, economic strength and human development to come up with a score.

By Ian Horswill


Posted on November 22, 2019

For the eighth successive year France has been named top of the Kälin and Kochenov’s Quality of Nationality Index.

Kälin and Kochenov’s Quality of Nationality Index includes factors such as the freedom to travel and settle, peace and stability, economic strength and human development to come up with a score.

European Union countries dominate the top of Kälin and Kochenov’s Quality of Nationality Index, “largely due to the liberal degree of settlement freedom permitted between member states, as well as the stand-out quality of many of the nationalities in and of themselves,” said Henley & Partners, which publishes the index.

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Paris, France
The intoxicating skyline that greets you in Paris, the capital city of France.

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-second place with 82.8%. While the difference between the quality of French and Dutch and German nationalities is relatively narrow, France’s comparative advantage lies in its greater settlement freedom (attributable mainly to the country’s former colonial empire).

French police officers
Police and forensic specialists after the Strasbourg terrorist attack in France in December last year.

The mix of people does have its problems. France is subject to shocking terrorist attacks, such the shooting and knifing of shoppers by an Islamic State believer in Strasbourg in December last year, where five people people and 11 people were wounded and the Bastille Day rampage on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice on 14 July 2016, when a lorry hijacked by an Islamic Sate believer killed 86 people and injured another 434. Only last month, a police computer operator, with Islamic beliefs, stabbed to death three police officers and a civilian worker in Paris. Squalid migrant camps are always a problem in northern Paris.

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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-fourth place with 81.5%. Iceland (81.4%), Finland (81.2%), Italy (80.7%), the UK (80.3%), Ireland (80.2%), and Spain (80.0%) round out the top 10.

However, the ramifications of a ‘hard’ Brexit would sink the quality of the UK from 8th globally, to 56th (the current position of China), the Quality of Nationality Index states.

Kälin and Kochenov’s Quality of Nationality’s top 25 nationalities:

  • France 83.5
  • Germany 82.8
  • Netherlands
  • Denmark 81.7
  • Sweden 81.5
  • Norway 81.5
  • Iceland 81.4

France Iceland Nationality Ranking

  • Finland 81.2
  • Italy 80.7
  • United Kingdom 80.3
  • Ireland 80.2
  • Spain 80.0
  • Switzerland 79.8
  • Belgium 79.8
  • Austria 79.7
  • Czech Republic 79.0
  • Portugal 79.0
  • Luxembourg 79.0
  • Liechtenstein 78.9
  • Slovenia 78.6
  • Malta 77.6
  • Hungary 77.5
  • Slovakia 77.5
  • Greece 77.3
  • Estonia 77.1
  • Poland 77.0
  • Lithuania 77.0
  • Latvia 77.0
  • Cyprus 75.3
  • Romania 75.2
  • Bulgaria 75.0
  • Croatia 73.8
  • US 70.0

Ranking positions that may astound some people include Australia which is ranked 29th, Singapore ranked 30th, Monaco 37th and Hong Kong 44th.