When it comes to economic influence, quality education, and quality of life on a global scale, six countries made it to the top of the Overall Best Countries Ranking list of 2019.
Rabat – Morocco is the 42nd “best country” out of 80 countries, based on how it is perceived internationally.
The ranking, produced by BAV Group and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and released by U.S. News, described Morocco as a country that “has a unique mix of Arab, Berber, African and European cultural influences.”
Morocco’s ranking has improved on the list since 2018, when it ranked 47th out of 80 countries.
Another Maghreb country, Tunisia was listed in 72nd place, falling from 65th in 2018.
Among Arab countries, Saudi Arabia’s rank improved from 37th in 2018 to 32nd in 2019.
The overall ranking assesses the global performance of 80 countries, in terms of quality of life “beyond the idea of broad access to food, housing, quality education, health care,” but also other factors such as individual freedom, job security, environmental quality, and political stability.
The 2019 Overall Best Countries Ranking is built on responses from 20,300 respondents from 36 countries in Europe, Africa,, the US, and Asia.
Freedom and prosperity in Morocco
Morocco ranked 103rd out of 149 countries on a global prosperity index of 2018 by the Legatum Institute, an independent educational charity based in London.
The country fell one place behind Tunisia and one above Tanzania. The North African country scored its best in terms of safety and security (81.66), ranking 45th globally.
The global prosperity index measures state performance on economic equality, business environment, governance, education, health, safety and security, personal freedom, social capital, and natural environment.
When it comes to freedom in Morocco, the 2018 Freedom House report considered Morocco as “partially free.”
The report addressed several issues in Morocco, such as freedom of the press and freedom on the net, noting the government’s crackdown on online news outlets and imprisoning of journalists and activists for their involvement in the Hirak protests in Al Hoceima in northern Morocco.
The report also pointed out the difficulty of creating a news website in Morocco.