Switzerland tops best country rankings

Switzerland has once again been named the best country in the world in the fifth Best Countries report carried out by the US News & World Report.

Switzerland, Canada and Japan maintain their dominance in the report, each finishing in the top three positions for the third consecutive year. It is the fourth successive year that Switzerland has topped the ranking.

A total of 20,548 people from 36 countries were surveyed on their perceptions of 73 countries. Countries were then assessed in nine different categories that were weighted to produce an overall score.

Rounding out the top 5 were Germany and Australia. The UK came in at 6, and the US rose one spot to 7.

Switzerland topped the chart by scoring highly in most categories, although the country didn’t actually finish top in any of those deemed to be the main categories.

The USA was found to be the most powerful country and have the best education standards, while Canada was seen as offering the best quality of life.  Thailand was the best country in which to start a business, while Sweden tops the rest when it comes to green living.

At the other end of the table, Oman, Serbia and Lebanon occupied the bottom three places in the overall list.

Top 10 Best Countries

  1. Switzerland
  2. Canada
  3. Japan
  4. Germany
  5. Australia
  6. UK
  7. USA
  8. Sweden
  9. Netherlands
  10. Norway

Article published 23rd January 2020