With the world in a state of flux right now, a new index has revealed a list of the nations best prepared to handle any future events.
Created by UK-based Carphone Warehouse, the ‘Countries of the Future Index’ looks at 19 metrics across six categories that assess how well prepared each country is for the current state of the world, as well as eight ‘disaster event’ metrics, which predict how well a country can cope when things go awry.
Preparedness metrics include infrastructure, communication and technology, and human rights parameters, while disaster metrics include natural disasters, and warfare and economic emergencies, among other things.
The 30 nations selected for the study were chosen based on their projected GDP by 2030 and the speed of growth of their economy.
According to this index, the most “future-proof” country is Norway, which scored well in environmental management, human rights, natural resources and its ability to handle extreme weather. The Scandinavian nation scored a total of 112.74 across all metrics.
Next on the list is Canada (107.53 points), which scored particularly well for country peacefulness, France (103.7), whose healthcare, infrastructure and natural resources were praised, and Germany (103.55), which topped the cyber warfare metric and scored well across the board.
Finishing a commendable fifth, Australia was also deemed highly future proof, especially when it comes to infrastructure, healthcare and country peacefulness.
Top 12 Best Countries of the Future: Norway, Canada, France, Germany, Australia, Switzerland, Netherlands, UK, Singapore, Spain USA and Italy.
To compile the list, Carphone worked with futurist Matthew Griffin, who believes “the world is more likely to fall in the utopian end of the scale than dystopian”, and takes an optimistic view of the future for humanity and the planet.
For the full results of all 30 nations, click here.
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