New York - Morocco was ranked 35th best country in the world according to a recent study by American magazine U.S. News & World Report.
New York – Morocco was ranked 35th best country in the world according to a recent study by American magazine U.S. News & World Report.
The “2016 Best Countries” report studied 60 countries in America, Africa, Asia, and Europe, where Morocco ranked 35 ahead of every other North African country in the MENA region.
The American magazine conducted the study in partnership with WPP’s brand strategy firm BAV Consulting and The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. The results were revealed at the World Economic Forum on Wednesday in Switzerland.
The methodology to score the countries was based on a set of 65 attributes grouped into nine indicators: Adventure, Citizenship, Cultural Influence, Entrepreneurship, Heritage, Movers, Open for Business, Power and Quality of Life.
According to the study, 16,248 people from 36 countries were surveyed from which 8,092 were informed respondents, 4,513 were business people, and 6,381 were from the general public.
According to the study’s nine indicators, Morocco’s top two rankings were in ‘Movers’ for its up-and-coming economy, which ranked 12th worldwide between South Korea and Vietnam, and in ‘Heritage’ for the richness of its patrimony, where it landed the 17th spot, between Germany and Ireland.
Regarding its worldwide ranking for ‘Adventure’ including its landscapes, climate, hospitality, friendliness, and attractiveness, Morocco ranked 23, between Panama and Austria.
Conversely, the North African country’s ranking for ‘Citizenship’ referencing human rights, religious freedom, gender equality, and citizen’s progression obtained a low score of 54, still above Egypt, Pakistan, Algeria and Iran, which scored the lowest.
As far as ‘Power’, ranking its worldwide influence politically, economically, military, and as an international ally, Morocco landed the 52nd spot worldwide.
Germany tops the list as 2016’s best country, mainly due to its powerful economy, quality of life, entrepreneurship, strong influence worldwide and the value given to its citizens.
Canada and the United Kingdom ranked second and third place, respectively, followed by the United States (4th) and Sweden (5th).
Countries in North Africa and the MENA region ranked lower than Morocco, where Egypt ranked 39 place, Tunisia 47, and Algeria closed the rankings at number 60.
The 60 countries for the “2016 Best Countries” list are the only countries belonging to four reputable rankings: the 2013 United Nation’s top 100 countries for gross domestic product, the 2012 World Bank’s top 100 countries in international tourist arrivals, the top 100 countries from the UN 2013 World Investment Report and the top 150 countries of the UN 2014 Human Development Index.
US News & World Report hopes that these rankings serve as “a global homepage … to help citizens, business leaders and governments evaluate their performance in a rapidly changing world.”