The 2019 Best Countries rankings were recently released by the U.S. News & World Report, in partnership with BAV Group, and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Once again, Canada ranked high on the list!
Switzerland held the number one position for the third year in a row, followed by Japan, which jumped three spots compared to the 2018 ranking. Canada placed third!
The study surveyed people about their views of 80 countries across 75 metrics, such as gender equality, affordability, public education system, and so on. It’s important to remember that the rankings are based on people’s opinions, so though people may perceive something, it may not always be true.
Switzerland held the top spot because it is considered a business leader and economically stable, plus there’s a high quality of life, it’s an innovation leader, and has a strong legal framework.
"It's carved out a brand internationally, one of quality and impartiality," says Dan Hamilton of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. "It plays a major mediation role, hosts several U.N. agencies and is influential culturally."
Here are a few of the statements in the study that were agreed upon the most:
“Women should be entitled to the same rights as men – 90 percent;
It's important to promote diversity and tolerance – 86 percent;
Free trade is important for the global economy – 86 percent;
Free trade is important for my country's economy – 86 percent.
The gap between the rich and poor in my country is growing – 85 percent”
Canada took the number one spot for best Quality of Life because it’s considered politically stable, the public education system is well developed, it’s economically stable, and there’s a good job market. Despite scoring a 1 out of 10 in the affordability category, the quality of life is still considered the highest in the world.
Our country also scored high in the Citizenship category because property rights are respected, we’re considered trustworthy, we care about human rights, gender equality, and religious freedom.
This is all great news, but if you remember, Canada came in second in 2018, so we actually slipped a spot! We wouldn’t panic just yet. Canada is still an amazing place to live, and hopefully affordability is addressed in the near future.