The annual ranking of the best countries in the world came up on Tuesday US News & World Report from. Most of the countries that made the top ten are mainly located in Western Europe. Australia, New Zealand and Japan also made very good performances. But who is number 1?
The list is based on a survey of 17,000 people spread over 78 countries and based on 76 different parameters. Citizens from Cambodia, El Salvador and Uzbekistan were also polled for the report this year.
What mainly determines the position of a nation in the list are the daily quality of life and ‘social goals’ of that country. The latter examines how stable, safe and open a society is, and to what extent individuals can develop and flourish.
After more than a year of Covid-19, the researchers also had to add a new parameter to measure a country’s resistance to such unexpected challenges. That parameter was dubbed the ‘Dexterity’ category. It measures the receptivity and adaptability of governments, managers and citizens in times of crisis.
The list looks like this:
- United States
- New Zealand
- United Kingdom
- The Netherlands
Canada: After several years at number two and three, Canada finally jumped to first place in this sixth edition of the list. The country scored particularly well on quality of life and ‘social goals’. Furthermore, the country was perceived as a very open, just and impartial nation.
What stood out: The Americans see themselves completely different from the rest of the world. 66 percent of Americans surveyed think their country is a good role model of democracy, although in other countries this figure is much lower at 52.5 percent. Especially the storming of the Capitol on January 6 had an impact on the reputation of the Americans abroad. The ongoing struggles with racism and other injustices in the country also clearly had an effect.
The 10 Worst Countries To Live In: The countries at the bottom of the list were mostly settled for out of control corruption. An unstable political situation in those countries was also often mentioned by those surveyed. Strangely enough, countries where chaos has been rife for several months (sometimes even years), such as Syria, Yemen, and recently Myanmar, do not appear on this list.
- El Salvador
Where is China? The Asian superpower dropped two positions to number 17. The country was heavily criticized for its lack of openness during the onset of the pandemic and for its many human rights violations. But China was seen as the second most powerful country in the world, replacing Russia just below the United States. China was also seen as the most powerful export country in the world.
Also noted: Japan, the only Asian country in the top 10, is the best country for entrepreneurs and is also highly regarded for culture, political influence, ‘agility’ and innovation.
Switzerland ranks the most on average in the top 10 in the 76 categories and would be the country most open to doing business with other nations.
The full list can be consulted here.