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Despite the security concerns and stifling heat, Israel is a pretty good place,
or so says Newsweek, which published an article in its current issue that rated
the Jewish state the 22nd best country in the world, and best in the Middle
East, to live.
In the article, titled “The Best Countries in the World,”
Israel was sandwiched between Spain and Italy, scoring seventh in health, 25th
in quality of life, and 15th in economic dynamism.
In a rating that would
surprise many locals, Newsweek ranked Israel a respectable No.27 in
The next Middle East country on the list was
Kuwait, at 40, while Jordan placed 53rd.
Iran and Syria also made the
list, at 79 and 83, respectively.
The study followed a recently released
Gallup poll that contended that Israel was the world’s eighth happiest country,
published in Forbes magazine.
The “best countries” profiled in Newsweek’s
study showed marked correlation with the “happiest countries” measured in
Gallup’s poll, at least among the top-ranked contenders.
States and Britain placed 11th and 14th in the Newsweek study, compared with
14th and 17th on Gallup’s list.
Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden and the
Netherlands were all in the top 10 in Newsweek’s analysis, whereas they filled
the top five spots in Gallup’s. Iran was 79th on Newsweek’s list, and 81th on
While the Gallup survey took a bottom-up approach, questioning
thousands of people in 155 countries over four years, the Newsweek study took
“several months” to compile with the aid of a Nobel laureate, a McKinsey &
Co. director, and various university professors.
The Newsweek study only
listed the top 100 countries.
Newsweek ranked the “best countries” by how
well they scored in five categories: Education, health, quality of life,
economic dynamism and political environment. The rankings were based on
international indices such as economic indicators, the Gini coefficient
inequality measure, the Innovation Index, and the Global Peace
Israel scored best in the health subranking, in which it was
seventh of 100 nations.
Education was Israel’s worst category; it came in
at No.41, despite having the highest ratio of university degrees to the
population of any country in the world.
Because Israel does not
administer TIMMS or PISA tests of children’s scholastic performance, its score
in the study was calculated by regression analysis of literacy rate and average
years of schooling.