The best country in the world, according to science
The Stateness Index is a tool to measure the state and quality of the country that includes the classification of nations through aggregated and disaggregated data to advance performance comparison and policy analysis, explains the Stateness Index website x . And it is that, a country is not only the government, the states and the municipalities. “We can see the state in everything that surrounds us, for example in the streets, the courts, the police or the schools” , explains Theresa Paola Stawski, a research assistant in the Department of Politics and Comparative Systems at the Julius-Maximilians- Wurzburg University (JMU).
How are the countries of the planet performing?
The ranking of the best countries in the world is available on the Internet, through the official website of the Stateness Index and, in it, the index offers data from more than 170 countries (173, specifically), in the period between 1950 and the present. Among the countries that attract the most attention is the United States, which ranks 23, well below the United Kingdom, Spain or Germany, which ranks tenth in the ranking.
The Stateness Index political tool distinguishes between two layers of conceptualization and operationalization : the first, the formal state and the statehood that is measured through a set of indicators that represent formal or “official” institutions. The second enriches the formal concept with informal institutions that exist alongside the formal institutional framework of a state. With all these data, the statehood of a nation is measured.
The best country in the world is…
Singapore ranks first. Several factors contribute to this position for the sovereign island country of Asia . It is the one that works most efficiently in terms of legislation and general administration, as well as less violence in its streets, at the same time that it is successful in terms of a wide range of different issues such as waiting times for the doctor or access to electricity. Everything adds up to provide data that yields the most accurate result in terms of welfare and functioning of the state.
This nation is known for its highly developed and diversified economy. It consistently ranks among the top countries in terms of GDP per capita. The country’s economy is mainly driven by sectors such as finance, manufacturing, trade and services. Not surprisingly, it is one of the busiest ports in the world. But not only its economic development is remarkable. It’s also known for its cleanliness and strict public hygiene laws (with heavy fines for littering, for example), as well as its safety: Singapore has a low crime rate and is generally considered one of the safest cities in the world. . It also places a strong emphasis on education and has a very interesting educational system., focused on cultivating critical thinking, creativity, and problem-solving skills among its students.
Nations were categorized by their ‘statehood’ based on these results, which range from the upper range of ‘high functioning’ to the lower of ‘collapsed’.
The 20 best countries on the planet
- New Zealand
- United Kingdom
Of course, most of the countries in the world were classified as “defective” or “deeply defective” at the level of statehood, with Somalia, Syria, Cyprus or Haiti, in this long list of 88 countries in this negative classification.