The Henley & Partners – Kochenov Quality of Nationality Index (QNI) is the first index of its kind to objectively rank the quality of nationalities worldwide.
To ensure a high level of reliability, a wide variety of strictly quantifiable data is used to gauge the opportunities and limitations that our nationalities impose on us.
For that purpose, the QNI measures both the internal value of nationality, which refers to the quality of life and opportunities for personal growth within our country of origin and the external value of nationality, which identifies the diversity and quality of opportunities that our nationality allows us to pursue outside our country of origin.
The reality that the QNI describes is, in many respects, regrettable: in the majority of circumstances, our nationality plays an important role in establishing a highly irrational ceiling for our opportunities and aspirations, reflecting the core aspect of being a national of some place, which is a random consequence of birth boasting no correlation with a person’s achievements, ideas, feelings, and desires — ‘a birthright lottery’, to use Ayelet Shachar’s memorable phrase.
This is something that the creators of the Index do not endorse, but rather observe as part of the day-to-day reality that the Index aims to document.
The QNI is the result of a successful cooperation between Henley & Partners, the global leader in residence and citizenship planning, and Prof Dr Dimitry Kochenov, a leading constitutional law professor with a long-standing interest in European and comparative citizenship law.
Let’s have a look at the ranking of nationalities in Southeast Asia, according to QNI:
|REGIONAL RANK||2017 GLOBAL RANK||NATIONALITY||CATEGORY||2017 VALUE|
|1||35||Singapore||Very High Quality||53.2|
|5||102||Timor Leste||Medium Quality||30.1|
Globally, France topped the list with an index score of 81.7 per cent out of a possible 100 per cent, fractionally ahead of Germany which was knocked off the top spot for the first time in seven years, with a score of 81.6 per cent.
Iceland and Denmark take third and fourth place, respectively, on this year’s Index, which is the only one of its kind that objectively measures and ranks all the world’s nationalities as legal statuses through which to develop talents and business.