We’re No. 7! U.S. drops on list of ‘best coun­tries’

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A new rank­ing of the world’s “best coun­tries” is out — and the results don’t look good for Amer­ica.

Switzer­land takes top na­tion hon­ors, ac­cord­ing to the sec­ond an­nual rank­ing from U.S. News & World Re­port, the Univer­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia’s Whar­ton School and BAV Con­sult­ing. Just be­hind the Swiss are Canada and Bri­tain, sec­ond and third, re­spec­tively.

The United States ends up in the sev­enth spot, just edg­ing out Aus­tralia but lag­ging Ger­many, Ja­pan and Swe­den.

Per­haps more wor­ry­ingly for Amer­i­cans, global per­cep­tions of their coun­try seem to have turned more neg­a­tive over the past year, re­sult­ing in a drop from fourth place in the 2016 rank­ings.

The 2017 Best Coun­tries rank­ings are based on a sur­vey, con­ducted af­ter the U.S. pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, of 21,000 busi­ness lead­ers, in­formed elites and gen­eral cit­i­zens around the world.

Per­cep­tions of the U.S. have dropped over the past year in the cat­e­gories of busi­ness, ci­ti­zen­ship, ad­ven­ture tourism, ed­u­ca­tion, trans­parency and head­quar­ter­ing a cor­po­ra­tion. Nearly 75 per­cent of espon­dents said they had lost some re­spect for U.S. lead­er­ship af­ter the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

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