Canadians rejoice, we officially have the best reputation in the world.
Canada was ranked number one among 55 nations by the Reputation Institute based on several economic, environmental, and political factors, according to CTV.
“We all love Canada because of several things,” Reputation Institute’s Fernando Prado told CTV’s Canada AM .
He said Canada has an “effective government,” an “absence of corruption,” “friendly and welcoming people,” and a solid welfare support system.
Canada held the top spot for three consecutive years from 2011-2013. Switzerland edged us out last year.
But Prado said Canada isn’t perfect and lagged behind in certain categories. He said we have a lack of well-established brand names and we are not considered an important contributor to global culture.
Despite all this, Canada was well-rounded in many other rankings, stealing the top spot for 2015.
“Overall, Canada is a country that can offer something good in all different aspects,” Prado said.
48,000 residents of G8 countries were asked to rank 55 different countries in several categories.
Norway came in second, with Sweden following in third, and Switzerland dropping to fourth.
Our neighbours to the south, the United States, came in at 22nd.
Russia demonstrated the largest gap between self perception and how the rest of the world views them. Russians scored their own country as the third most reputable in the world, but other nations placed them near the bottom, only beating out Afghanistan, Iraq, and Iran.
Other countries that had significant disparities between self image and how other nations view them were China, India, and the United States.
Below are the top ten countries on the list: