The Anholt Ipsos Nation Brands Index: 2020 report for Northern Ireland

Date published: 25 February 2021

The Executive Office today published the ‘Anholt Ipsos Nation Brands Index: 2020 report for Northern Ireland’.

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This report provides a measure of Northern Ireland’s international reputation.

Key findings

  • Northern Ireland’s international reputation remains stable, achieving an overall ranking of 22 out of 50 nations. Our reputation is strongest with China, the UK and European nations. In 2020, NI received its highest ranks from China (13th), the United Kingdom (17th) and Germany (20th). The lowest rank in 2019 was from Egypt, who placed Northern Ireland 39th.
  • Northern Ireland achieved a Nation Brands Index score of 59.16 – this is the second highest score achieved since inclusion in the Index in 2016. Our highest score was from China (69.84) and the lowest score came from Japan (51.27).
  • As in all previous years, “Natural beauty” was the attribute with the highest score in 2020 with 5.11. The lowest scoring attribute has also been consistent across all years – “Sports” scored 4.04 in 2020.
  • Visiting Northern Ireland or digital exposure to NI (through buying NI products / visiting websites) was associated with significantly higher scores for all Six Dimensions and for their overall NBI score.

About the Anholt Ipsos Nation Brands IndexSM 2020

The NBISM is an annual global survey which attempts to evaluate the international image and reputation of 50 nations across six dimensions of national competence: Exports; Governance; Culture; People; Tourism; and Immigration and Investment.

The 2020 NBI involved the completion of over 20,000 online surveys, in 20 panel countries, with at least 1,000 people surveyed per panel country.

The report, infographics and associated data tables are available on the Statistics and Research section of the Executive Office website:

Notes to editors: 

Further information relating to the collection and production of the statistics can be obtained by contacting:

PfG Analytics
The Executive Office
Castle Buildings
Stormont Estate
Telephone: 028 9052 0021

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