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Which Country Was Named Best in the World by US News and World Report?

Features & Advice | Donald Wood | January 22, 2016

Which Country Was Named Best in the World by US News and World Report?

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A new study from U.S. News and World Report gives an overall ranking of the best countries in the world, and the United States finished fourth on the list.

According to, America finished fourth in the rankings behind Germany, Canada and the United Kingdom, which took the top three spots respectively. Germany took the top spot due to its economy, encouraging entrepreneurship, global leadership and care of its citizens.

The best countries ranking is the first of its kind for U.S. News, who surveyed more than 16,000 people in four global regions. The participants rated the countries in several different categories, including adventure, citizenship, entrepreneurship, heritage, influence, potential growth, power, quality of life and more.

As for the United States, the nation finished first in the power category and third in Entrepreneurship. U.S. News editor and chief content officer Brian Kelly released a statement about the new rankings:

“There really does seem to be some skepticism about some things that we (Americans) think we may do better than other people do, education being a prime one. Canada and the United Kingdom do better than the U.S. in education. People don't feel as comfortable about U.S. education as perhaps we've been led to believe.”

Here are U.S. News and World Report’s top-10 best countries. For the full list, check out the magazine’s official website:

1. Germany

2. Canada

3. United Kingdom

4. United States

5. Sweden

6. Australia

7. Japan

8. France

9. Netherlands

10. Denmark


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