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