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March 10, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

A comprehensive listing of the world’s best countries, arranged in order under various categories, has been drawn up following a survey by US News & World Report in conjunction with a few partners.

Partners included a global marketing communications company and The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania.

The Best Countries rankings “evaluate 80 countries across 24 rankings drawn from a survey of more than 21,000 global citizens”, according to the blurb.

The best three countries in the world, overall, are Switzerland, followed by Canada, and then the United Kingdom – or so the survey would have us believe.

Australia came eighth in the overall list, behind the US and ahead of France.

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The full list, in descending order, is:

  1. Switzerland
  2. Canada
  3. UK
  4. Germany
  5. Japan
  6. Sweden
  7. USA
  8. Australia
  9. France
  10. Norway
  11. Netherlands
  12. Denmark
  13. Finland
  14. New Zealand
  15. Singapore
  16. Italy
  17. Luxembourg
  18. Austria
  19. Spain
  20. China

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That list places Australia ninth. It runs as follows:

  1. Brazil
  2. Italy
  3. Spain
  4. Thailand
  5. Greece
  6. New Zealand
  7. Costa Rica
  8. Mexico
  9. Australia
  10. Argentina
  11. Portugal
  12. Dominican Republic
  13. Philippines
  14. France
  15. Ireland
  16. Netherlands
  17. Singapore
  18. Peru
  19. Canada
  20. Switzerland

Her are a few other categories from the same survey, with top three scorers in each:


  1. Norway
  2. Sweden
  3. Switzerland

Cultural Influence

  1. Italy
  2. France
  3. United States


  1. Germany
  2. Japan
  3. United States


  1. Italy
  2. Spain
  3. Greece


  1. United Arab Emirates
  2. Singapore
  3. India

Open for Business

  1. Panama
  2. Luxembourg
  3. Switzerland


  1. United States
  2. Russia
  3. China

Quality of Life

  1. Canada
  2. Sweden
  3. Denmark

Written by Peter Needham

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