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Germany is the “Best Country in the World?”

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Germany is the “Best Country in the World?”

New assessment suggests that the US is the “fourth best country.” Ok.

For what’s it’s worth, U.S. News & World Report, WPP's BAV Consulting & The Wharton School have initiated a “Best Countries” ranking, purportedly to “evaluate 60 nations across 24 rankings lists on a wide range of criteria, from sustainability to economic influence.” 

We’re not real big on these kinds of lists, taken, as they are, from some significantly biased perspectives, but we’ll let you decide.  From their press release:

Germany is viewed as the best country in the world. Created to capture how nations are perceived on a global scale, the rankings are the centerpiece of a new web portal called "Best Countries," launched today at the World Economic Forum.

Canada tops the list of countries with the best quality of life.Canada and the United Kingdom are the No. 2 and No. 3 “Best Overall Countries,” respectively. The United States places at No. 4, followed by Sweden at No. 5. Nordic nations were highly regarded for their progressive policies and top the most rankings categories. Sweden is recognized as the most modern country, the Best Country to Raise Kids and the No. 1 nation for Green Living. Denmark is named the Best Country for Women.

"Globalization has made the world a competitive place for business, influence and the quality of life," said Mortimer B. Zuckerman, chairman and editor-in-chief of U.S. News. "Just as we have done with universities, hospitals and other institutions, our Best Countries portal will be a global homepage for stories and data to help citizens, business leaders and governments evaluate performance in a rapidly changing world."

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