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Canada ranked second-best country in the world

Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 3:28 PM - In news that will not come as a surprise to anyone living in the Great White North, a new survey listed Canada is the second-best country in the world for the third year in a row, sitting behind one European country.

Switzerland took the top spot, while the United Kingdom came in fourth. The United States took the eight spot, down from seven the year prior.

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 21,000 people from 80 countries took part in the survey, which ranked nations on 24 categories, including: affordability, job market, economic stability, family-friendliness, income equality, and quality of life. Canada earned the Number 1 spot for that category.

It also scored high for its stunning wilderness, garnering high points for being scenic and having a pleasant climate, although we're not sure every Canadian would agree with that.

Canada's 'environmental quality' lauded

Canada was ranked as having the best quality of life overall.

"Beyond the essential ideas of broad access to food and housing, to quality education and health care, to employment that will sustain us, quality of life may also include intangibles such as job security, political stability, individual freedom and environmental quality," the survey says.

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

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

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 2018 Report


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