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Canada ranked #1 globally for quality of life


Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 3:52 PM - Canada has taken the top spot in the quality of life category, according to U.S. News and World Report's 2019 Best Countries Report.

Switzerland took the top spot across all categories, while Canada earned the third best spot overall. The United States took the eight spot overall for the second year in a row.

The survey was prepared by U.S. News and World Report, the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business and BAV consulting. 

More than 20,000 people from 65 countries took part in the survey, which ranked nations on several categories, including: Affordability, job market, economic stability, family-friendliness, income equality, and quality of life. This is the second year in a row Canada has earned top spot 1 spot in that category.

Canada also scored high for its stunning wilderness, garnering high points for being scenic.

(RELATED: See the 2018 results HERE)

Here are the top 25 countries in the world, according to the survey.


  1. Switzerland
  2. Japan
  3. Canada
  4. Germany
  5. United Kingdom
  6. Sweden
  7. Australia
  8. United States
  9. Norway
  10. France
  11. Netherlands
  12. New Zealand
  13. Denmark
  14. Finland
  15. Singapore
  16. China
  17. Belgium
  18. Italy
  19. Luxembourg
  20. Spain
  21. Ireland
  22. South Korea
  23. United Arab Emirates
  24. Russia 
  25. Portugal

This isn't the first time Canada has won a favourable distinction.

In 2017 it also was ranked the world's best travel destination and claimed three of the top spots on a world's most livable cities list.

Source: Best Countries 2019 Report

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