Malta was ranked in 25th place on the 2016 Henley & Partners – Kochenov Quality of Nationality Index (QNI), falling three places since 2015, and eight places since the index started in 2011.
According to the index, Malta remains ahead of the US, Japan, Australia and Canada, but lags behind Greece, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, teetering between ‘Extremely High Quality’ and ‘Very High Quality’.
The Henley & Partners – Kochenov Quality of Nationality Index (QNI) describes itself as “the first to ever objectively rank the quality of nationalities worldwide.” It is carried out by Henley & Partners, the private concessionaires who started selling Maltese passports in 2013, along with law professor Dimitry Kochenov.
The index explores both internal factors, such as the scale of the economy, human development, and peace and stability, and external factors, including visa-free travel and the ability to settle and work abroad without cumbersome formalities, “that make one nationality better than another in terms of legal status in which to develop your talents and business.”
“The QNI will be of interest to anyone who would like to know how their nationality performs in comparison to others, and is interested in the local, regional and global opportunities, mobility, life chances and limitations of their nationality. It is of further interest to financially independent individuals who wish to acquire the benefits of dual citizenship; the QNI provides assistance in selecting the most valuable second nationality for themselves and their families,” Henley Global’s website reads.
The top 10 best nationalities to have, according to the index, are Germany, France, Denmark, Iceland, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Austria, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Spain.
Last year, Henley and Partners ranked Malta's citizenship scheme - the process through which one acquires a Maltese passport - at the top of their list.