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    France – the new leader of the world citizenship rating

    April 20, 2018, the updated World Citizenship Index (The Henley & Partners – Kochenov Quality of Nation Index, QNI), which demonstrates an objective assessment of citizenship of different countries.
    Experts ranked 209 nationalities on different indicators for the period from 2013 to 2017. 
    In 2017, for the first time in five years, the first place went to France (81.7%). Germany – the leader of last year’s ratings – fell to second place (81.6%). Countries in the top ten of the Index remained practically unchanged: Iceland, Denmark, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Italy, Ireland, Switzerland, Austria. The only change – Ireland replaced the top ten in Spain, which moved to 11th place. The list is closed with Afghanistan (14.6%) and Somalia (13.4%).
    Russia showed the best result among the CIS countries. In 2017, Russian citizenship received 40.5%, which is 0.8% higher than last year. In the overall rating, Russia shared the 63rd place with the Republic of Palau, repeating the result of last year. For five years, the index of Russian citizenship in the Index improved by 3.5%.
    Georgia and Ukraine have become countries where the growth in the value of citizenship was most noticeable over the year. They rose in the ranking by 20 and 19 positions respectively. The main reason is visa-free access to the Schengen countries.
    Countries in which citizenship can be obtained through investment in the economy of the country traditionally occupy high positions in the rating. Among them, the most valuable is the citizenship of Austria (10th place with an indicator of 78.9%). Malta occupies the 23rd place with 74.9%, followed by Cyprus with 73.3%. Among the Caribbean countries with investment programs, Antigua and Barbuda ranked 56th (41.9%).
    The world citizenship index is the first rating that considers both internal factors (the scale of the economy, human development, public order and stability) and external (visa-free access for temporary trips and the possibility of visa-free living and working in other countries) that affect the quality indicators of one or another nationality.

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