India has been ranked 27th in the overall Best Countries category worldwide while 34th rank in Quality of Life and 55th rank in Citizenship category, according to a survey report published by the US News and World Report.
The Best Countries is a ranking, news and analysis project created to capture how countries are perceived on a global scale. The survey was claimed to have conducted in 2018 and rankings for 2019 were evaluated among 80 countries across 24 rankings drawn from a survey of more than 20,000 global citizens, measuring 75 dimensions that have the potential to drive trade, travel and investment and directly affect national economies, the report said.
The overall ranking 27th was arrived at after India scored 4.3 from the sub-scores it attained in each of 9 different categories including Adventure, Citizenship, Cultural Influence, Entrepreneurship, Heritage, Movers, Open for Business, Power and Quality of Life. (The table is given here)
However, Switzerland, Japan, Canada, Germany, United Kingdom, Sweden, Australis, United States, Norway and France were in the top 10 Best Countries category. Though India stands at 27th position, its neighbouring countries like China ranks 20, a score ahead of India while Pakistan stands at 73rd rank. Bangladesh and Afghanistan were nowhere in the list. Iran, Iraq were the lowest to mention at 79 and 80th ranks, respectively.
Considering the ongoing mass agitations by Muslims minorities in the country over recently amended Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), India stands at 55th rank in the World Best Country in the citizenship rankings while it’s neighbouring China ranks at 41st and Pakistan stands at 78th rank much below than India. Understandably, Bangladesh and Afghanistan were nowhere in the picture. However, Iran and Iraq stand at the rock bottom.
The Citizenship sub ranking is based on an equally weighted average of scores from eight country attributes that relate to a country’s citizenship: cares about human rights, cares about the environment, gender equality, progressive, religious freedom, respects property rights, trustworthy and well-distributed political power. The Citizenship sub ranking had a 16 per cent weight in the overall Best Countries ranking.
Many thought leaders have proclaimed the Nordic model – known to promote social justice and progressive causes – one of the most sustainable ways forward, and people around the world seem to agree. Norway takes the No. 1 in Citizenship for the third year in a row.
Norway is consistently among the most generous countries when it comes to foreign aid and has committed to invest at least 1 per cent of its gross national income to overseas development each year. People are encouraged to live and move freely in the country; a national law, the “allemannsretten,” or right to access, ensures people get to experience nature. Same-sex marriage is legal in Norway, and transgender individuals are able to declare their own identity free from any medical assessment. When laws are broken, however, the country’s prisons have been lauded as the world’s most humane.
Nordic neighbours Finland and Sweden also top the list, along with Switzerland and Canada – all countries that have relatively generous social safety nets and offer affordable health care and education. They are among the world’s wealthiest nations and are also democratic.
The United States, which often positions itself as a champion of freedom, didn’t crack the top 10 for the fourth year in a row. The global superpower continues to take hits in perceptions of its trustworthiness.
Survey participants ranked the Netherlands as the best country for gender equality and human rights attributes. Countries at the other end of the spectrum – those deemed poor global citizens in the eyes of survey respondents – tend to be led by authoritarian and oppressive regimes. Iran, perceived to be the worst global citizen for the fourth year in a row, has rulers who violently suppress dissent and severely limit the rights of women.
Countries such as Pakistan and Egypt often come under fire from human-rights groups for curtailing freedom of expression, discrimination and harassing members of the political opposition. Myanmar, which in 2017 came under increasing criticism for its treatment of the Rohingya, also finished near the bottom of the ranking.
The exception to this rule is China. Despite being a single-party state that controls free speech and jails dissidents, the world’s second-largest economy scores above average, ranking 41st in terms of citizenship while Pakistan stands at 78th and next comes at the bottom are Iran and Iraq both are at 79 and 80th ranks.