U.S. News and World Report recently released its rankings of the world’s best countries. In order to create the rankings, a survey was conducted by U.S. News and World Report, Global Marketing and Communications Service WPP, and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, involving more than 17,000 individuals worldwide. The 87 countries listed were scored based on various indicators, including adventure, agility, cultural influence, entrepreneurship, heritage, movers business development power, quality of life, and social purpose. The United States did not rank in the top three.
Switzerland has been named the number one country for the second consecutive year, according to the report. Switzerland is known as one of the most developed countries globally with a high GDP per capita. Canada, which was the number one country from 2017 to 2020, took second place. Canada has a strong economy, lower cost of living compared to the United States, and is recognized for its quality of life, affordability, education, and healthcare system.
Sweden rounded out the top three countries in the rankings. Sweden is esteemed for its free healthcare and college education programs. The country also has one of the highest life expectancies globally and is considered one of the most generous in terms of humanitarian aid donations.
Sweden also has a high GDP per capita and is highly regarded in areas such as quality of life, health, education, income equality, gender equality, and prosperity. The country offers one of the best parental leave policies globally, with 480 days of paid leave available to parents. The cost of living in Sweden is notably lower than in the United States.
Overall, the rankings provide valuable insights into the best countries in the world based on several key factors.