best country in the world

Canada was just ranked the best country in the world

Canada has claimed first prize in the annual 2021 Best Countries Report

For the first time in the study's six year history, Canada has been deemed the globe's best country overall, usurping incumbent country Switzerland, which has held the title since 2017. 

The Best Countries Report is a yearly ranking released by US. News & World Report, BAV Group, and the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania. 

The report evaluated 79 nations using 76 different metrics, or attributes, taking into account how countries are perceived, economics, military presence, education, and quality of life. 

More than 17,000 individuals from 36 countries spread across Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa were surveyed. More than 10,000 of those surveyed were "informed elites", whatever that means. Over 4,900 were "business decision-makers", and the rest were considered general public.

There were a number of new metrics added to this year's report, including racial equity, commitment to social justice, adaptability, and commitment to climate goals.

Canada has moved up from number two in 2020 to first place for best overall country. It's followed by Japan, Germany, Switzerland, and Australia. The United States comes in sixth place. Iraq come last at 78th place. 

"[Canada] is also perceived as having a good job market,
caring about human rights and is committed to social justice. Additionally, the country finished No. 1 in being viewed as not corrupt and respecting property rights," says the report. 

Canada also ranked first in Quality of Life and Social Purpose. It came in sixth place for Entrepreneurship, third for most business-friendly countries, and third in Agility. 

Here are some of the rankings from the 2021 Best Countries Report. 

Best overall country
  1. Canada
  2. Japan
  3. Germany
  4. Switzerland
  5. Australia
Quality of life
  1. Canada
  2. Denmark
  3. New Zealand
  4. Sweden
  5. Netherlands
Entrepreneurship
  1. Japan
  2. Germany
  3. United States
  4. United Kingdom
  5. South Korea
Social purpose
  1. Canada
  2. Denmark
  3. New Zealand
  4. Sweden
  5. Netherlands
Cultural Influence
  1. Italy
  2. France
  3. United States
  4. United Kingdom
  5. Japan
Open for business (most business-friendly)
  1. Switzerland
  2. Panama
  3. Canada
  4. Denmark
  5. Sweden
Adventure (best to visit)
  1. Brazil
  2. Italy
  3. Spain
  4. Greece
  5. Thailand
Power
  1. United States
  2. China
  3. Russia
  4. Germany
  5. United Kingdom
Agility
  1. United States
  2. Australia
  3. Canada
  4. Germany
  5. Singapore
Lead photo by

Harry Grout


Join the conversation Load comments

Latest in City

These are the vaccination rates in Toronto by neighbourhood

A neighbourhood depot for free food had to be shut down after somebody complained

These are the rules for the Victoria Day long weekend in Ontario during lockdown

At least 21 Toronto stores have been robbed and vandalized in the last month

Doug Ford calls out Canada's two-tiered border measures that don't apply to private jets

Doug Ford announces extension of current Ontario lockdown orders

The distancing circles are back at Trinity Bellwoods Park and here's how much each one costs

People are obsessed with this Toronto raccoon video game and it hasn't even launched yet