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Germany Moves Up a Spot in ‘Best Countries’ Index

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

Germany was dethroned from the top position in last year’s study on the best countries of the world, put out by U.S. News, moving into fourth place, but with the latest report released on Wednesday, Germany is slowly moving its way back to the top with a 2018 finish as the third greatest country in the world.

Each year U.S. News releases a comprehensive study on the 80 best countries, based on 65 unique attributes that can be grouped into nine categories: Adventure, Citizenship, Cultural Influence, Entrepreneurship, Heritage, Movers, Open for Business, Power and Quality of Life.

Best Countries Index 2018 Germany

Many of Germany’s strengths remained the same since 2017’s report, including ranking number one in entrepreneurship, and despite an uncertain political environment in the country, Germany’s power rating improved one spot to rank fourth. Perhaps it is continued unrest over the UK’s ‘Brexit’ plans that helped Germany overtake the third place position.

Switzerland and Canada still hold on to their respective first and second place positions, while the United States dropped from its seventh place spot in 2017 to eighth.

Best Countries Index 2018 USA
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Sources: U.S. News

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Stephen Fuchs
Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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