As the news continues to revolve around the vote to leave the EU and what that means for the future of this country, many comparisons are being made, looking at how the UK measures up to its European neighbours.
One example is this map, devised by a Czech academic, aiming to pinpoint the best European country to live in.
27-year-old Jakub Marian is a linguist, mathematician and artist who runs an educational blog dedicated to his fields of interest.
In a recent post Marian wrote: “It is becoming more and more clear that GDP (gross domestic product) alone is not a good indicator of a country’s performance.
“For example, when a country’s law system is very complex and requires lots of expensive lawyers, money spent on lawyers will count towards higher GDP, even though this is clearly not a good thing for the country and its citizens.”
Instead, he wanted to find a new way to measure what he called “sustainable well-being”.
To create this map, Marian used a scoring system developed by the Boston Consulting Group which uses 44 indicators including GDP, unemployment rates, inflation, press freedom, education, life expectancy, health care and many more.
This 2016 data gives Norway the highest score of 100, while Macedonia’s score of 42.9 is the lowest in the continent.
There was no data for Kosovo, and Crimea was left out due to sovereignty disputes.
The UK’s score was 85.4, putting it in 12th place.
To put these scores into a global context, Marian explains that the USA scored 83.7, Japan 81.3, Brazil 49.3, China 46.5, and India 32.6.
And Marian’s native Czech Republic? 78.4.
As a linguist, Marian also pointed out that all of the countries where a Germanic language is spoken have scores over 90.
Photo credit: Jakub Marian