Canada has been ranked as the second-best country in the whole world. It’s news to us (we think it’s the very best country in the whole entire world), but that’s still pretty good.

Canada was beaten to the punch only by Switzerland in the 2020 Best Countries report by US News & World Report, which was carried out in collaboration with BAV Group and the Wharton School. The report is a survey of 73 countries all over the world.

We’re not sure who prefers the land of banks and cuckoo clocks to the future home of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle but Switzerland has come in at the top of the polls for the fourth year in a row.

On the other hand, it’s a positive incline for Canada, which came in third in the 2019 rankings. Now it has managed to beat Japan to second place.

What’s so great about Canada anyway?

We all know Canada is awesome, but the report took note of several elements that make it extra special.

It came in first place when ranking for quality of life, with perfect scores for its safety, political stability, and public health system, and a near-perfect score on economic stability.

Canada, which has long been renowned for its tolerance, acceptance and respect of newcomers, came in second place for citizenship, achieving perfect scores on property rights, trustworthiness and religious freedom.

Its openness to business was also highly ranked. With zero scores on corruption, and very low scores on bureaucracy, Canada was seen as the third most business-friendly nation out of those assessed.

Canada was also seen as the world’s most transparent country. Yes, it’s even more transparent than those squeaky clean Scandinavians, Norway, Denmark, and Sweden.

What are these rankings based on?

The 2020 Best Countries report and rankings are based on “how global perceptions define countries in terms of a number of qualitative characteristics, impressions that have the potential to drive trade, travel and investment and directly affect national economies.”

While mentioning some of the challenges facing Canada, such as the concerns of its indigenous people as well as those in French-speaking Quebec, the report also highlighted Canada’s high standard of living, its strong and multi-faceted economy, its contribution to global culture (shoutout to Celine Dion and Joni Mitchell), as well as its commitment to multiculturalism and diversity.

So we may not have scooped the top prize. But deep down, we know we’re the best of the bunch.

25 best countries in the world 2020

• Canada
• Japan
• Germany
• Australia
• United Kingdom
• United States
• Sweden
• Netherlands
• Norway
• New Zealand
• France
• Denmark
• Finland
• China
• Singapore
• Italy
• Austria
• Spain
• South Korea
• Luxembourg
• United Arab Emirates
• Russia
• Portugal
• India

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