MAPPED: Highest ranked nationalities around the world

2017-09-13 13:28 - Unathi Nkanjeni
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Cape Town - South Africa has once again ranked as one of the top nationalities of Sub-Saharan Africa, according to a new Henley and Partner's latest index unveiled in London on Wednesday, 13 September.

South Africa’s quality of nationality scored 33% out of a possible 100% and is rated as a nationality of only 'Medium Quality', according to global citizen and partners planning agency Henley & Partners – Kochenov Quality of Nationality Index (QNI). 

According to Henley, QNI is the first index to ever objectively rank the quality of nationalities worldwide and explores both internal factors and external factors related to the quality of life and living standard measures. 

The index also assesses things like the scale of the economy, human development, and peace and stability as well as visa-free travel, for which SA has access to some 98 countries, as well as the ability to settle and work abroad without cumbersome formalities.

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Ranked 87th on the index, South Africa falls in the second half of the over 150 countries represented, however, the country’s nationality is up three positions since the 2015 index.

SA also ranked fourth in Sub-Saharan Africa, just one position behind that of Cape Verde but trailing Africa's top two nationalities, Mauritius and the Seychelles. These two countries ranked 54th and 55th respectively on the global index.

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The 2016 Sub-Saharan Africa nationalities ratings in percentages reported by QNI are:

NOTE: Blue - high ratings / Brown - low ratings

Nationalities of the World

Although there has been a slight drop from its previous score of 83.1%, the German nationality, again, is the highest in the world over with a score of 82.7%.

Following closely behind Germany are France and Denmark who share second place on the index with a score of 82.4%. Iceland ranks third with 81.3% while Austria and Italy share the 7th place with a score of 79.9% and Spain ranks 10th overall at 79.5%. 

The 2016 top 10 nationalities in the world ratings in percentages reported by QNI are:

Managing Partner at Henley & Partners South Africa, Nigel Barnes says nationality plays a significant role in determining opportunities and aspirations.  

'Nationalities worth, as opposed to, simply, countries' 

"The QNI allows us to analyse this objectively and the key premise of the index is to compare the relative worth of nationalities, as opposed to, simply, countries,” he says.

Added to this, Barnes says in the majority of circumstances, nationalities also play an important role in establishing a highly irrational ceiling for our opportunities and aspirations.

"On the other hand, the QNI is a vital resource for financially independent individuals who wish to acquire the benefits of dual citizenship as it provides assistance in making important decisions regarding where to live and raise a family, do business, and enjoy a satisfying global lifestyle — in other words, to define their futures,” Barnes adds.

Global Citizenship Seminar series in SA

Barnes says the Global Citizenship Seminar series, which take place on 19 and 21 September in Cape Town and Johannesburg respectively, will provide an overview of the world’s leading investment migration programs, with a particular focus on Malta’s residence- and citizenship-by-investment offering. 

“For business owners and professionals who hold a passport from a country with limited visa waiver agreements like South Africa, a second citizenship offers enhanced access to the global market. It also gives families more control over their future as the additional settlement rights can provide access to countries with greater political and economic security, as well as educational opportunities,” says Barnes.

In conclusion, Barnes says it important to remember that no citizenship-by-investment program requires you to permanently leave your home country.

"It simply gives you the freedom to travel or relocate without notice should the need arise, and to provide this freedom to your children along with the option to study, live and work in the EU or another country of your choice," he adds.

Event info: 

Global Citizenship Seminars — Dates and Times:


10:00 Registration
10:30 Presentations
12:25 Media Panel Discussion
13:00 Networking Lunch


19 September: The Table Bay Hotel, Cape Town
21 September: Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff, Johannesburg

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