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Best Country in the World Is…?

As news alerts buzz your phone with political upheavals, and temperatures fluctuate wildly from day to day, you may ask yourself, are there any stable places left in the world?


The answer is yes. So, relax. U.S. News & World Report and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania released its annual survey of the best countries in the world. The survey, done after the 2016 United States presidential election, polled more than 21,000 people described as “business leaders, informed elites and general citizens.” Here is a quick look at their findings.


Switzerland took the top spot for the first time based on a combination of its attitude toward education, democracy, business and quality of life. Canada was ranked second and Britain third. Germany, last year’s winner, slid to fourth in part because of several terrorist attacks and political tension over its decision to admit large numbers of refugees. Japan came in fifth place.

The United States dropped to No. 7. Survey respondents gave America lower marks on business friendliness, respect for human rights and democracy, and educational quality. People also said they had less desire to visit the United States. Almost 75 percent of respondents said they lost respect for the United States after the election of Donald J. Trump as president.


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