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Germany Voted Best Country in the World, Despite Issues at Home

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

While Germany finds itself in a mix of negative news surrounding its handling of the refugee crisis, it hasn’t stopped others from around the world from voting it the best country in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 “Best Countries” Index.

based on 65 attributes

The report’s 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.”

Over 16,000 people from 36 countries participated in this survey, and were asked to rank the countries based on 65 attributes that fell under nine key categories: Adventure, Citizenship, Cultural Influence, Entrepreneurship, Heritage, Movers, Open for Business, Power and Quality of Life.


How Germany Ranked

Adventure (#45)
Citizenship (#7)
Cultural Influence (#10)
Entrepreneurship (#1)
Heritage (#16)
Movers (#27)
Open for Business (#17)
Power (#4)
Quality of Life (#7)


Germany took the number one spot for entrepreneurship, but surprisingly didn’t fare too well for its cultural heritage, coming in at number sixteen with a score of 4.6 out of 10. Apparently Germany is not the place to go for adventure either, coming in close to the bottom at number 45, and its sexiness score definitely didn’t help the country with its 0.1 out of 10 score. Ouch.

German’s may not be huge fans of Angela Merkel right now, but those participating in the survey see her as a major asset to the country, ranking its political leadership at a 9.1 out of 10.

So which countries made the top 5? In order, the top countries are Germany, Canada, United Kingdom, United States and Sweden.

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Sources: U.S. News & World

Photo: Hershel Shah [Flickr]

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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