The ranking was conducted by scoring each nation on 65 attributes, which were grouped into nine sub rankings: Adventure, Citizenship, Cultural Influence, Entrepreneurship, Heritage, Movers, Open for Business, Power and Quality of Life. Scores were then normalized to account for any outliers and translated onto a scale that was used to compare countries across the board.
Only surpassed by Switzerland, Canada was praised for its openness for diversity as well as its integration of immigrants into its national identity. It also received a perfect score of 10 for Quality of Life, placing it in first rank for that category:
A group of European countriesrounded out the top 10, including Germany (#3), the UK (#4), France (#9) and the Netherlands (#10). The United States, which is supposedly the most powerful country in the world, fell in rank to No. 8 due to the country’s worsening reputation of being “less progressive and trustworthy.”
U.S. President Donald Trump was found to be “far more unpopular than any other head of state or company CEO” within a year in office. In comparison, Canadian P.M. Justin Trudeau and German Chancellor Angela Merkel were praised for having approval ratings “to rival the top ratings by CEOs such as Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg.”
The ranking considered 80 countries in total, which makes Canada’s second place spot all the more impressive. The official top 10 best countries in the world are: