When U.S. News released their 2016 findings of the best countries in the world, there was little surprise that Germany took the number one spot. Despite its issues here and there, Germany is often seen as providing a quality of life that is unmatched by many of its neighbors. But one year later, the same survey showed a major shift, dragging Germany down to a fourth place finish.
So which countries were responsible for dethroning Germany? Switzerland, Canada and the United Kingdom were the ones to respectively pull ahead.
The survey takes 65 attributes into account within nine categories: Adventure, Citizenship, Cultural Influence, Entrepreneurship, Heritage, Movers, Open for Business, Power and Quality of Life. Out of those categories, Germany only found itself ranking in the top five for two of them — Entrepreneurship (1st) and Power (5th).
How did the United States do this year? Similar to Germany, the US saw its ranking drop three spots from fourth to seventh place.
Check out the full study over at U.S. News to go more into depth on how Germany ranked in each category.