I noticed a trend on the list.
1) Those European countries that rate extremely high (Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Netherlands) are in the north and are generally removed from the core pain in the asses.
2) The core European nations (Italy, Spain, Greece, France, Germany) all sat around the same place towards 50.
3) The English speaking nations all rated much higher than the core European ones.
4) Israel (#8), a nation constantly looking over its shoulder and constantly in a state of threatened war is higher than the vast majority on the list. And war torn Iraq sits at #110 above Syria and Egypt?
I believe a nation's rank location say's a lot about the people and their social institutions rather than its "stable" environments and sense of power.