Canada Ranked No.1 Country in the World in 2021


Canada has reached the top spot overtaking even Switzerland according to the U.S. News & World Best Countries of 2021 Report.

The Best Countries Report is an analysis made every year in collaboration with the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania U.S. News and BAV Group.

How is the Overall Best Countries ranked?

The Overall Best Country analyzes a variety of metrics.

  • Agility (14.18%)
  • Entrepreneurship (14.16%)
  • Quality of Life (13.88%)
  • Movers (13.87%)
  • Social Purpose (12.23%)
  • Cultural Influence (10.45%)
  • Open for Business (9.42%)
  • Power (6.09%)
  • Adventure (3.79%)

Canada earned the No. 1 spot in the Overall Best Countries ranking. Below are some of the countries that took the top spots in The Overall Best Country.

  1. Canada
  2. Japan
  3. Germany
  4. Switzerland
  5. Australia
  6. United States

How is the Best Quality of Life Ranked?

The Quality of Life relates to affordability, a good job market, economically stable, family friendly, income equality, politically stable, safe, well-developed public education system and well-developed public health system. 

Canada earned the No. 1 spot in this subranking. Below are some of the countries that took the top spots in Best Countries for Quality of Life.

  1. Canada
  2. Denmark
  3. Sweden
  4. Norway
  5. Switzerland
  6. Australia

How is the Social Purpose Ranked?

The Social Purpose subranking replaces the previous Citizenship subranking. However, it reflects on how a world changed by a historic health pandemic, human rights, commitment to social justic, sharp economic downturns and calls for greater racial equality and social justice, Social Purpose factors in additional attributes.

Canada ranked No. 1 for the Social Purpose ranking. Below are some of the countries that took the top spots in Best Countries for Social Purpose.

  1. Canada
  2. Denmark
  3. New Zealand
  4. Sweden
  5. Netherlands
  6. Norway

How is the Best Agility Ranked?

The Agility subranking is based on the equally weighted average of scores from five country attributes: adaptable, dynamic, modern, progressive and responsive. The subranking is added to the ranking after a historic year of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Agility ranking is to evaluate how the countries have coped with the crisis sharp economic downturns.

Canada earned the No. 3 spot in “Agility” subranking. Below are some of the countries that took the top spots in Agility.

  1. United States
  2. Australia
  3. Canada
  4. Germany
  5. Singapore
  6. South Korea

How is the “Open for Business” Ranked?

The Open for Business subranking is based on an equally weighted average of scores from five country attributes that relate to how business-friendly a country is: bureaucratic, cheap manufacturing costs, corrupt, favorable tax environment and transparent government practices.

Canada also earned the No. 3 spot in the “Open for Business”subranking. Below are some of the countries that took the top spots in Open for Business.

  1. Switzerland
  2. Panama
  3. Canada
  4. Denmark
  5. Sweden
  6. New Zealand

Additional lists rank the countries on more specific topics, such as the Best Countries to Raise Kids or the Best Countries for Education. Groups of relevant country attribute data were used to score and rank countries for these lists, but they do not affect the overall Best Countries score or ranking.

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Disclaimer: The information is directly derived from the U.S. News & World report. The material and information contained on this website is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as professional advice. Although best efforts have been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, we cannot guarantee the completeness or accuracy of all information. Visit the U.S. News & World website for the most accurate information.

Source: Best Countries Ranking Quality of Life Ranking Social Purpose Ranking Agility Ranking Open for Business Ranking

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