Best Countries In the World 2019 annual ranking compiles responses from more than 20,000 survey participants. Business leaders and citizens from 36 countries evaluate 80 nations according to 75 metrics such as quality of life, economic influence, power, education, and eco-friendliness, among other factors.
U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings are part of an analysis project called the Best Countries 2019 Report, one that “speaks to the value of having a strong global standing as nations compete for investment, tourists and influence,” Wharton professor of marketing David Reibstein said in the Best Countries In the World 2019 press release.
Now in its fourth year, the project is conducted in partnership with the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and global consumer insights firm Y&R’s BAV Group.
Here are the Best Countries In the World 2019
France made the top ten again this year and snagged one of the top five spots for U.S. News & World Report’s rankings for cultural influence and heritage.
A newcomer on this year’s list, Norway also ranked well on the publication’s related lists for raising kids, green living and citizenship.
8. United States
The United States held steady in 2019, keeping its No. 8 spot. It also topped the U.S. News & World Report list of most influential countries.
While in the seventh spot overall, Australia was among the top five countries to headquarter a corporation, travel alone and retire comfortably.
Sweden made the top ten again and found its way into the top five on lists ranking the best countries for a green living, headquartering a corporation and raising children.
5. United Kingdom
The United Kingdom, a regular on the Best Countries list, also ranked among the top five on lists for entrepreneurship, power, and cultural influence.
Germany, one of the top five overall countries, also broke the top five spots on specialized lists for education, entrepreneurship, power and influence.
Canada is again in the top three for U.S. News & World Report’s annual best countries rankings, a position fueled by metrics such business environment and citizenship. McPhillips also notes that Canada was ranked the top-rated country among millennial respondents.
Japan rose from the fifth spot on last year’s list to the second spot on 2019’s ranking. According to the U.S. News & World Report’s survey results, the country is seen by respondents as one of the most forward-looking countries. It also ranks first for entrepreneurship, according to this year’s data.
Each year it has made the rankings, Switzerland has ranked among the top countries in categories such as “citizenship'” and “entrepreneurship,” says McPhillips. “Respondents consider Switzerland the top country in terms of economic stability, access to capital, a strong legal framework, and prestige.”
Says McPhillips, the country “consistently excels in perceptions of business-oriented metrics and quality of life.”