US News & World Report set out to rank the top countries in the world, based on a number of key factors including quality of life, power, business and adventure, and asked more than 16,000 people around the world for their opinions. On Wednesday they released the results and the numbers showed that Germany is considered to be the best country in the world.
Of course 16,000 people in a world of more than 7 billion is quite a small sampling, but there are some fun insights to be taken from the poll none the less.
Germany wasn’t at the top of the list in most categories, with the exception of its entrepreneurial qualities, but it’s consistently high rankings put it ahead of the rest. Canada was voted second best, with the United Kingdom and the United States taking the third and fourth place spot in the rankings.
So what are some of the top reasons for Germany being seen as the number one? The country’s economic and political strength were a leading factor for most survey participants.
So much of Germany’s economic strength comes from a rather large network of small and medium-sized businesses that thrive in a setting where innovation and education is an integral part of society.
While Germany’s current standing looks strong, there are still growing concerns that the country has laid out a foundation that might put it at risk of some difficulties in the future. An aging population with a shrinking birthrate can lead to some tough economic hurdles in the near future.
Check out the full report from US News to get a more detailed explanation behind Germany’s ranking as the best country in the world.
Source: US News & World Report