A new ranking has named Switzerland the world's best country, based on a survey that polled more than 21,000 people from 36 countries.
The results of the US News & World Report along with Y&R’s BAV Consulting and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania report offer a glimpse into the global reputation of countries around the world -- and the current political climate.
Questions were aimed at evaluating countries across 65 attributes that were grouped into nine subrankings: adventure, citizenship, cultural influence, entrepreneurship, heritage, movers, open for business, power and quality of life.
Switzerland made its debut as the world's top country this year, driven largely by positive global perceptions of its social systems, protection of human rights and business-friendly environment, notes US News & World Report.
Rounding out the top five spots are Canada, the UK, Germany, Japan and Sweden.
Canada ranked first in the “Quality of Life” category, scoring a perfect 10 based on a variety of sub-factors including politics, economy and health care. The report cited Canada as being a “high-tech industrial society with a high standard of living.”
“Trade agreements in the 1980s and 1990s dramatically bolstered trade with the U.S., and now the two counties are each other’s largest trading partner,” reads a summary of Canada’s ranking. While the service sector is Canada’s biggest economic driver, the country is a significant exporter of energy, food and minerals. Canada ranks third in the world in proven oil reserves and is the world’s fifth-largest oil producer.”
Here are the top 10 countries in the world 2017 according to US News & World Report:
- United States