We Score 9.9 Out Of 10; Switzerland Is In Top Spot According To US Survey
WASHINGTON: Canada is taking the number 2 spot once again this year on U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking of the best countries on Earth.
With an overall score of 9.9 out of 10, our country is second only to Switzerland on the newly-released 2018 Best Countries ranking report, followed closely by Germany, The U.K. and Japan.
The rankings are based on “how global perceptions define countries in terms of a number of qualitative characteristics, impressions that have the potential to drive trade, travel and investment and directly affect national economies.”
Canada is ahead of the United Kingdom and the United States. Sweden rounds out the top 5 of the list compiled by U.S. News and World Report, the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of business, and global brand consultants BAV Consulting.
While Canada got an overall score of 2, it ranked first when it comes to quality of life among the 16,000 citizens from around the world. It was also in the top 10 for categories such as citizenship, entrepreneurship and being open for business.
The Great White North was also ranked as the best country for a corporation headquarters, but only as No. 27 for best countries to invest in. The final list takes into account 24 rankings that measure 75 categories.
More than 21,000 people from 80 countries took part in the survey, which ranked nations on 24 categories, including: affordability, job market, economic stability, family-friendliness, income equality, and quality of life.
23.United Arab Emirates
This isn’t the first time Canada has won a favourable distinction. In 2017 it was ranked the world’s best travel destination and claimed three of the top spots on a world’s most livable cities list.
Scandinavian countries largely topped the quality of life ranking, with Denmark coming in at number two, Sweden at number three, and Norway at number four. Australia came in at number five.