Top Country - Germany at 4th

These 3 Nations Brought Down Germany on Best Countries List

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

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).

Germany Best Countries 2017 vs 2016

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.

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Sources: U.S. News

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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