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Official: Britain is
World's 7th Most Stable and Prosperous Nation
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/u ... 613926.ece
The United Kingdom has been ranked as one of the most stable
and prosperous countries in the world, beating the United
States, France and even Switzerland in a global assessment of
every nation’s achievements and standards.
investigation and analysis of 235 countries and dependent
territories has put the UK joint seventh in the premier league
of nations. The top ten comprise also the Vatican, Sweden,
Luxembourg, Monaco, Gibraltar, San Marino, Liechtenstein, the
Netherlands and the Irish Republic.
The US lies 22nd and
Switzerland, normally associated with wealth and untouchable
stability, is rated 17th, losing points in the assessment of its
The bottom ten, surprisingly, do
not include Iraq. They are listed as Gaza and the West Bank,
Somalia, Sudan, Afghanistan, Ivory Coast, Haiti, Zimbabwe, Chad,
the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African
The UK received high marks despite the
deployment of combat troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, the suicide
bombings in London on July 7, 2005, the continuing threat from
home-grown terrorists and the collapse of the Northern Rock
The global check on every country recognised as an
individual state or territory by the United Nations was carried
out by Jane’s Information Group and is published today.
Christian Le Mière, managing editor of Jane’s Country Risk,
which compiled the ratings, said: “The UK is a very stable
country. But the top 20 or 30 countries are all stable. There
are terrorist groups in the UK but there are effective security
forces to deal with them. We took the July 7 bombings into
account but the UK still came out very well.”
acknowledged that it was a little unfair to put the Vatican at
the top because it did not face the sort of threats and economic
pressures of other countries. But under the rating system, which
took into account each nation’s political structures, social and
economic trends, military and security risks and external
relations, the Vatican state scored an average of 99 out of 100.
Sweden and Luxembourg were also rated 99, with the UK not far
off, with an average of 97, but scoring 100 for its politics,
economics and external relations.
Mr Le Mière said that
the US had fallen down the scale, although it still scored an
average of 93 out of 100, partly because of the proliferation of
small arms owned by Americans and the threat to the population
posed by the flow of drugs from across the Mexican border.
He explained that Iraq had managed to escape the ignominy of
being in the bottom ten because, despite “extremely high levels
of violence”, it had a “relatively stable Government” that
controlled a significant area of the country and had good
economic prospects. “Unlike Afghanistan, where – despite the
presence of more than 40,000 foreign troops – the Government
exercises poor control over large parts of the country and where
50 per cent of the economy is dependent on the opium trade,” he
Mr Le Mière gave warning of worrying trends in
Africa where, he said, there was likely to be a struggle for
resources. He added that it was the first time that a rating
system for countries had been carried out on such a grand scale.
The Jane’s system differed from government assessments of
country risk because it was based entirely on objective
analysis, “with no politicisation of the intelligence”, he said.
Every country has been given a risk
rating out of 100 for all-round stablilty
1. Vatican 99
2. Sweden 99
3. Luxembourg 99
4. Monaco 98
6. San Marino 98
7. Liechtenstein 97
United Kingdom 97
9. The Netherlands 97
US: 22nd equal 93