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New Ranking Lists Best Countries in The World; Check Out the Top 10

Nordic countries like Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Norway are heavily represented on the list and top other subcategories thanks to their famously progressive social policies.

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Updated:January 24, 2018, 1:14 PM IST
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New Ranking Lists Best Countries in The World; Check Out the Top 10
A field of snow in La Comballaz at Ormont-Dessous, Switzerland. (Image: Reuters)
A new ranking that evaluated countries on everything from economic influence, power, citizenship and quality of life, has declared Switzerland the world's best country for 2018.
It's the second time the country has topped US News & World Report's Best Countries report, which looked at 80 countries for this year's ranking.

After Switzerland, Canada, Germany, UK and Japan round out the top five spots -- all countries with progressive social and environmental policies, analysts note. Nordic countries like Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Norway are also heavily represented on the list and top other subcategories thanks to their famously progressive social policies: Denmark, for instance, is named the best country for women, and for raising children, while Norway ranks the top country for citizenship. The category of citizenship considers a country's record on human rights, gender equality and religious freedom.

New this year, respondents were also asked to evaluate major world leaders. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and German Chancellor Angela Merkel were deemed the most respected leaders globally, while US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin received the dubious distinction of receiving the worst approval ratings.

To determine the top countries, Y&R's BAV Group and The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania developed a model that identified 65 attributes, which were then presented in a survey to more than 21,000 business leaders, elites and general citizens around the world. Participants assessed how closely they associated an attribute with a nation.

Here are the top 10 countries on the Best Countries 2018 list:

Overall
1. Switzerland
2. Canada
3. Germany
4. United Kingdom
5. Japan
6. Sweden
7. Australia
8. United States
9. France
10. Netherlands

To Start a Business: Thailand
To Headquarter a Corporation: Switzerland
Most Powerful: United States
For Women: Denmark
For Education: UK
For Comfortable Retirement: New Zealand

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