Canada is officially the best country in the world.
Canada has taken first place in the 2021 Best Countries Report, an analysis project conducted by US News & World Report.
This is the first time the country has claimed the top spot in the yearly ranking, having climbed up from second place in 2020’s report.
Canada beat out 78 other countries for first place, including Japan, Germany, Switzerland, and Australia, which respectively round out the top five. The US comes in at number six.
“Nations are impacted on many critical fronts by how they are perceived globally – from foreign relations to international business to tourism,” said Kim Castro, the editor and chief content officer at US News.
“These perceptions are ever-evolving in a rapidly changing world.”
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According to the authors, the rankings found in the 2021 Best Countries report were determined by a survey of more than 17,000 business- and college-educated individuals who are middle class or higher, and citizens that are “nationally representative” of their country.
The analysis uses both data and storytelling to explore how countries compare on a several different global issues, such as corruption and racial equality.
In addition to the top overall spot, Canada was also ranked as the best country in the world for quality of life and social purpose, and the third most business-friendly and agile.
“[Canada is] perceived as having a good job market, caring about human rights, and is committed to social justice,” the report notes.
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25 best countries in the world 2021
- United States
- New Zealand
- United Kingdom
- South Korea
- United Arab Emirates