This week, U.S. News and World Report released its ranking of the best countries in the world.
To rank the 87 countries listed, U.S. News and World Report, global marketing and communications services WPP and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania surveyed more than 17,000 people worldwide.
The countries were scored across the following metrics:
- Cultural Influence
- Open for Business
- Quality of Life
- Social Purpose
Though the United States didn’t even rank in the top three, the country did land the No. The United States ranked No. 5 in the world, down from its previous position of No. 4 in 2022.
The best country in the world: Switzerland
For the second year in a row, Switzerland is the best country in the world, according to the U.S News and World report. The country was the No. 1 from 2017 to 2020 until Canada’s win in 2021.
Switzerland is one of the world’s most developed countries and has one of highest levels per capita GDP. 1 country from 2017 to 2020 until Canada’s win in 2021.
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- The 10 best countries in the world
- United States
- New Zealand
- United Kingdom
Canada is the No. 2 best country in the world.
The country has a GDP of $2.14 trillion and is the second-largest country by total area after Russia.
In terms of cost of living, Canada is, on average, 11.2% lower than the United States, and renting in the country is 30.4% lower than in the U.S., according to Numbeo.
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Sweden rounds out the top three. The country is best known for its free healthcare and college education programs, according to U.S. News and World Report.
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Sweden has one of the world’s highest GDP per capita and ranks highly in terms of quality of life, health, education, income equality, gender equality and prosperity.
For example, Sweden has one of the best parental leave policies in the world. When a child is adopted or born, parents are entitled to 480 paid days of parental leave. Should there be two, each parent is entitled to 240 of those days.According to Numbeo, the cost of living in Sweden is, on average, 20.9% lower than in the United States, while renting is, on average, 57.5%
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