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Switzerland Ranked No. 1 In The World Best Countries Report 2023


Switzerland has once again claimed the title of the world’s best country, according to the latest U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Countries rankings. This marks Switzerland’s second consecutive year at the pinnacle and its sixth time overall as the No. 1 nation on the list.

Switzerland excels particularly in entrepreneurship (No. 6), quality of life (No. 6), social purpose (No. 8), and cultural influence (No. 8). It also claims the top spot for being open for business.

The 2023 Rankings: Switzerland Leads the Way

The rankings, released recently, reaffirm Switzerland’s supremacy, closely followed by Canada at No. 2, Sweden at No. 3, Australia at No. 4, and the United States at No. 5. The United States has slipped one spot compared to its 2022 ranking. In the 2023 rankings, European countries dominate the top tier, securing 16 of the top 25 spots. Notable shifts include Germany, which has fallen five spots since 2022, and Australia and New Zealand, both climbing three places year over year. The Middle East is represented by the United Arab Emirates, while Asia boasts Japan, Singapore, China, and South Korea within the top 25.

Top 10 countries globally, as ranked by the U.S. News & World Report:

Rank Country
1 Switzerland
2 Canada
3 Sweden
4 Australia
5 United States
6 Japan
7 Germany
8 New Zealand
9 United Kingdom
10 Netherlands

India Ascends to 30th Place with an Overall Score of 40.8 in 2023, Up from 31st in 2022

In 2023, India’s ranking improved by one position, securing the 30th spot with an overall score of 40.8. In the previous year, in 2022, India held the 31st position out of 85.

India achieved its most remarkable performance in the “Movers” category, securing the 5th position. This category evaluates countries based on their potential for future growth and their readiness to face challenges presented by the global economy. In the realm of cultural influence and heritage, India attained the 29th and 10th positions, respectively. In the power category, India claimed the 12th spot.

The Methodology Behind the Rankings

The rankings are developed in collaboration with global marketing communications company WPP and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Based on a global survey encompassing 87 countries and more than 17,000 respondents, these rankings evaluate countries based on 73 attributes such as dynamism, safety, economic stability, and commitment to social justice. Notably, Cyprus, Honduras, and Zimbabwe have made their debut in the rankings, while El Salvador rejoins the list after being absent in 2022.

Key takeaways for competitive examinations

  • Rank of India in 2023 U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Countries rankings: 30th

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