Newsweek (Aug. 23 & 30) rated 100 countries with regard to providing their inhabitants “with the very best opportunity to live a healthy, safe, reasonably prosperous and upwardly mobile life.”
Newsweek focused on five criteria:
Quality of life
Economic competitiveness and
(To check the data used and how they were weighted, go to newsweek.com.)
An advisory board included renowned authorities like Columbia professor Joseph E. Stiglitz and Geng Xiao, director of the Brookings-Tsinghua Center for Public Policy, Beijing.
Here are the top ten, which have a Nordic flavor:
No. 11 was the United States. Germany was No. 12. New Zealand was No. 13, the United Kingdom was No. 14.
Israel wound up No 22 ““ just below Spain, but above Italy, Greece, Portugal, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Kuwait, Brazil, Russia, Turkey, and China.
As for Arab countries, the United Arab Emirates was No. 43, Jordan No. 53, Saudi Arabia No 64, Egypt No. 74, Iran No. 79, Syria No. 83.
Bottom five, starting with the very last: Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Cameroon, Zambia, and Uganda.