From The TimesOnline-UK 

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.

A one-year 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 social achievements.

Most stable:

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
  • 5. Gibraltar 98
  • 6. San Marino 98
  • 7. Liechtenstein 97
  • 8. United Kingdom 97
  • 9. The Netherlands 97
  • 10. Irish Republic 97
  • US: 22nd equal 93

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