In the wake of all-world-inclusive events such as the the Winter Olympics, the World Cup, and the upcoming Miss Universe pageant (August 23rd, 2010), Newsweek has published its inaugural “World’s Best Countries” interactive infographic on it’s website.
On the brink of it’s 50-year anniversary of independence, Nigeria has made the list of the top-100 countries in the world, ranking 99th.
The infographic is quite interesting to use, as it gives a quick glimpse of how the top 100 countries measure up against each other and it allows one to further segment the country comparisons according to region, population, and income.
An introduction of this special issue, on Newsweek.com:
Warren Buffett likes to say that anything good that’s ever happened to him can be traced back to the fact that he was born in the right country—America—at the right time. And it’s true: while remarkable individuals can be found in any nation on earth, certain countries give their citizens much greater opportunity to succeed than others at certain points in time. It’s an issue that is particularly pressing today. As wealth and power shift from West to East, and a new post-crisis world order continues to take shape, it’s no longer clear that being born and raised in Omaha offers quite the edge that it once might have.
In NEWSWEEK’s first-ever Best Countries special issue, we set out to answer a question that is at once simple and incredibly complex—if you were born today, which country would provide you the very best opportunity to live a healthy, safe, reasonably prosperous, and upwardly mobile life? Many organizations measure various aspects of national competitiveness. But none attempt to put them all together. For this special survey, then, NEWSWEEK chose five categories of national well-being—education, health, quality of life, economic competitiveness, and political environment—and compiled metrics within these categories across 100 nations. A weighted formula yielded an overall list of the world’s top 100 countries
Eight of the top-10 on this list are European nations, with only Canada and Japan breaking in at 7th and 9th in the world, respectively.
Relative to the other top-100 nations, the categories in which Nigeria ranks best are “Economic Dynamism” and “Political Environment”, ranking 89th and 90th, respectively, in these categories worldwide. Of course, as with any measurements that span the world, there will always be room for less than 100% objectivity — but that may be for each observer of these rankings to decide for themselves.
What do you think? Do you agree with Nigeria’s rankings, both overall and in the five individual categories?