Today we are publishing our study Best citizenships index (BC) which tells you the the most valuable citizenship in the world. We looked into 15 important pillars to rank which citizenships are best in the world and assigned scores based on on our PBS scoring model. It is important to note this index is about the value of citizenship not about passports

For the first time we integrated the Covid-19 cases in the citizenship rankings, as a result countries have most covid-19 cases (did not contain the pandemic) scored low in rankings. Similarly, countries that require compulsory military service and hostile towards dual citizenship, suffer from scores assigned by our model. We consider birthright citizenship and ability to renounce citizenships easily which give boost in rankings for some countries. Finally education, healthcare system, prosperity and freedom also very important when it comes to becoming a citizen in your dream country.

According to our study, European countries tend to have the best citizenships in the world.  Our study shows, Luxembourg has the best citizenship in the world for 2020, followed by Iceland in second spot and Germany in the third spot. North Korea and Yemen score the bottom rankings in the index.

Luxembourg is the richest country in the world and It is worth remembering the first schengen agreement was signed in a small village of Schengen, Luxembourg led to the creation of the Schengen area, a landmark achievement towards freedom of movement.

RankCountryPBS score
1Luxembourg146.867
2Iceland143.203
3Germany143.059
4Ireland142.328
5Australia141.623
6Canada140.864
7New Zealand140.239
8United Kingdom139.735
9Spain139.088
10Portugal138.201
11France136.198
12Hong Kong SAR136.106
13Italy135.865
14Liechtenstein134.888
15Hungary134.059
16United States133.942
17Sweden132.589
18Chile129.820
19Slovenia129.239
20Malta127.973
21Belgium127.971
22Czech Republic127.235
23Poland125.959
24Japan125.944
25Switzerland125.414
26Norway124.780
27Denmark123.872
28Netherlands123.810
29Finland123.738
30Israel122.258

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Ranking Pillars

We studied 15 most important pillars of citizenship to arrive at the rankings..

  • Human Development index (HDI) – 10 points
  • Global Peace Index – 10 points
  • Per Capita Income – Shows how rich the country is for living – 10 points
  • Visa free countries using a passport – 10 points
  • Safety/Crime – High safety rankings boost rankings –  10 points
  • Education System – Education system schools and universities – 10 points
  • Freedom Index – Human Freedom encompasses personal, civil, and economic freedom. – 10 points
  • Prosperity Index – Prosperity of a nation – 10 points
  • Healthcare – Excellent healthcare systems get top marks –  10 points
  • Naturalization time (yrs) – Less the year more points (10 points) – 10 points
  • Citizenship by marriage (yrs) – 10 points
  • Birthright Citizenship – Countries that offer birthright citizenship get – 10 points
  • Dual Citizenship – Important status in the modern world – 10 points
  • Military Service (compulsory) –  Countries that require mandatory military services given reduced points – 10 points
  • Citizenship Renunciation –  Possibility of renouncing citizenship – 10 points
  • Covid-19 Cases – Countries have contained pandemic with little or zero cases get boost in rankings – 10 points

 

Data Sources:
Freedom Index 2019 – https://www.cato.org
Global CIT – https://globalcit.eu/
WHO Healthcare – https://who.int
Wikipedia – GDP/Per capita/HDI data
Global Peace Index 2019 – http://visionofhumanity.org/
UL Safety Index
Numbeo – https://www.numbeo.com
Education rankings 2019 – https://worldtop20.org/education-data-base-2019
Prosperity Index 2019 – https://www.prosperity.com