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Canada has been ranked the best country in the world 2021

Canada has been ranked the best country in the world 2021
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The US News & World Report has released their annual Best Countries Report and this year, Canada has taken first place.

This marks the first time the country has claimed the top spot in the yearly ranking, having moved up from the second place in 2020’s report. It's followed by Japan, Germany, Switzerland, and Australia. The United States comes in sixth place.

The results are based on a report that surveyed more than 17,000 people from four regions to assess perceptions of 78 countries on 76 different metrics. There were several new metrics added this time around, including racial equity, commitment to social justice, adaptability, and commitment to climate goals.

"[Canada] is also perceived as having a good job market, caring about human rights, and is committed to social justice. Additionally, the country finished No. 1 in being viewed as not corrupt and respecting property rights," says the report.

Here is the list of the top 25 countries in the world:

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

Here are other rankings to help determine the overall results: 

Quality of life

  1. Canada
  2. Denmark
  3. New Zealand
  4. Sweden
  5. Netherlands


  1. Japan
  2. Germany
  3. United States
  4. United Kingdom
  5. South Korea

Social purpose

  1. Canada
  2. Denmark
  3. New Zealand
  4. Sweden
  5. Netherlands

Cultural Influence

  1. Italy
  2. France
  3. United States
  4. United Kingdom
  5. Japan

Open for business (most business-friendly)

  1. Switzerland
  2. Panama
  3. Canada
  4. Denmark
  5. Sweden

Adventure (best to visit)

  1. Brazil
  2. Italy
  3. Spain
  4. Greece
  5. Thailand


  1. United States
  2. China
  3. Russia
  4. Germany
  5. United Kingdom


  1. United States
  2. Australia
  3. Canada
  4. Germany
  5. Singapore
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