Annual ranking of world’s top countries

(Australian Associated Press)


News magazine US News and World Report has released its annual ‘Best Countries Ranking’. These are the nations listed in the Top 10.

1. Switzerland: “A sanctuary for calm reason… appears to offer a respite from a liberal Western-led political order upended by populist sentiments and strongman politics”

2. Canada: “A high-tech industrial society with a high standard of living”

3. United Kingdom: “The nation has a long history of major contributions to the arts and sciences”

4. Germany: “Possesses one of the largest economies in the world and … a highly skilled, affluent workforce”

5. Japan: “One of the world’s most literate and technically advanced nations”

6. Sweden: “Health care, as well as a college education, are free, and its people boast one of the longest life expectancies in the world”

7. United States: “The world’s most dominant economic and military power… Its cultural imprint spans the world, led in large part by its popular culture expressed in music, movies and television”

8. Australia: “The nation has a high rate of participation in sporting activities and boasts a comparatively high life expectancy. Its major cities routinely score well in global liveability surveys”

9. France: “Its reach extends around the globe through science, politics, economics and perhaps above all, culture.”

10. Norway: “Norway is a high income nation with a vibrant private sector and a substantial safety net”


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