Not like we needed it, but there's now official proof that it's really good to be a Canadian. According to the U.S. News and World Report's 2019 Best Countries Report, Canada takes first place for offering the best quality of life to its citizens over any other country. Canada is also considered one of the three best countries in the world for women and for education.
The report was conducted with the help of over 20,000 respondents, who were asked to score 80 countries for several attributes. Things like citizenship, cultural influence, adventure, entrepreneurship, open for business, heritage, power and finally, quality of life.
"Canada’s expansive wilderness to the north plays a large role in Canadian identity, as does the country’s reputation of welcoming immigrants," reads the report's profile on Canada.
"Canada is a high-tech industrial society with a high standard of living. Trade agreements in the 1980s and 1990s dramatically bolstered trade with the U.S., and now the two counties are each other's largest trading partner. While the service sector is Canada’s biggest economic driver, the country is a significant exporter of energy, food and minerals."
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Canada ranks #1 in the quality of life category, followed by Sweden and Denmark. In the best countries for women category, Sweden ranks first and Denmark second, with Canada in third place. Canada also ranks third in the education category, which is led by the United Kingdom and followed by the United States.
But, it seems that in almost every other category in the report, Canada ranked higher than our neighbours to the south. Canada placed third in the overall score category, while the U.S. came in at #8. But, the U.S. did take home number one for the most powerful country in the world, followed by Russia and China. We must admit that those rankings are well-earned.
This isn't the first time Canada's been ranked first for global quality of life. We took the same title home last year as well. On the United Nations Index, which evaluates 188 countries for quality of life, Canada came in at #9 in 2017. But, that report also analyzed the quality of life province by province - revealing that Alberta's global ranking was actually #4 and Ontario's #8.
To see how Canada stacks up against the rest of the world, you can view the full report here.
Source: CTV News