Switzerland is first; Criteria Includes Adventure, Citizenship, Cultural Influence, Entrepreneurship & Quality of Life
Canada has been ranked as the second best country in the world to live, the US News & World Report announced in its 2020 Best Countries Report.
Last year, Canada was listed in third place after Switzerland and Japan.
Switzerland remains the best country in the world, the fourth time it is being so ranked by the Best Countries Report.
“The Best Countries report, produced from an annual global survey of more than 20,000 people in 36 countries that includes the United States, reflects increasingly negative views of the world and within countries,” the report said.
“Canadians pride themselves in encouraging all of their citizens to honor their own cultures,” reads the description of Canada on its website.
“Canada takes up about two-fifths of the North American continent, making it the second-largest country in the world after Russia. The country is sparsely populated, with most of its 35.5 million residents living within 125 miles of the U.S. border. Canada’s expansive wilderness to the north plays a large role in Canadian identity, as does the country’s reputation of welcoming immigrants.”
The report described Switzerland as “officially called the Swiss Federation, a small country in Central Europe made up of 16,000 square miles of glacier-carved Alps, lakes and valleys. It’s one of the world’s wealthiest countries, and has been well-known for centuries for its neutrality.”
The 2020 Best Countries report and rankings are based on how global perceptions of 73 nations covered in the survey – in terms of characteristics and impressions that have the potential to drive trade, travel and investment and directly affect national economies.
Nine subrankings that went into the selection of Best Countries were: Adventure, Citizenship, Cultural Influence, Entrepreneurship, Heritage, Movers, Open for Business, Power and Quality of Life