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10 best countries in the world—the U.S. isn’t even in the top 3

This week, U.S. News and World Report released its ranking of the best countries in the world.

To rank the 87 countries listed, U.S. News and World Report, global marketing and communications services WPP and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania surveyed more than 17,000 people worldwide.

The countries were scored across the following metrics:

  • Adventure
  • Agility
  • Cultural Influence
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Heritage
  • Movers
  • Open for Business
  • Power
  • Quality of Life
  • Social Purpose

Though the United States didn’t even rank in the top three, the country did land the No. 5 spot, down from No. 4 in 2022.

The best country in the world: Switzerland

Switzerland ranked as one of the best countries, according to U.S. News and World Report.

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The 10 best countries in the world

Canada ranked as the second best country in the world, according to U.S. News and World Report.

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Sweden rounds out the top three. The country is best known for its free healthcare and college education programs, according to U.S. News and World Report.

Sweden’s people boast one of the longest life expectancies, with the average age being 82.8 years, according to the CIA World Factbook. They are also known for being some of the world’s most generous, donating about one percent of the gross national product to humanitarian aid programs annually.

Sweden ranked as the No. 3 best country in the world, according to U.S. News and World Report.

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Sweden has one of the world’s highest GDP per capita and ranks highly in terms of quality of life, health, education, income equality, gender equality and prosperity.

For example, Sweden has one of the best parental leave policies in the world. Parents are entitled to 480 days of paid parental leave when a child is born or adopted. Should there be two, each parent is entitled to 240 of those days.

According to Numbeo, the cost of living in Sweden is, on average, 20.9% lower than in the United States, while renting is, on average, 57.5% lower.

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