U.S. News & World Report, an American media corporation based in Washington D.C., has revealed its 2018 rankings for the world’s best countries, positioning Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom within the top 13.
The latest rankings of 80 countries measure attributes of each country relevant to sociological and economic factors, including adventure, entrepreneurship, heritage, power and quality of life.
Of the 80 countries surveyed, Canada was ranked 2nd, the United Kingdom 4th, Australia 7th and New Zealand 13th.
These were considerably higher than other highly developed nations, including Finland, Italy, Singapore and Austria, and even higher than global powers China (20th) and Russia (26th).
Switzerland was declared the overall best country in the rankings, but Canada positioned 1st for quality of life, the United Kingdom 4th for entrepreneurship, Australia 5th for quality of life and New Zealand 7th for adventure and opportunity.
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Upon announcing the rankings, U.S. News and World Report stated:
“Behind a country’s wealth and success are the policies that create possibilities, the people that drive the effort and the history that shapes the environment and perspective. Globalization has expanded a country’s presence beyond its physical borders, and the 2018 Best Countries rankings seek to understand a nation’s worth beyond hard metrics”.
Given their continued quality of life and excellence in social and economic progresss, it is clear that the CANZUK countries would be suitable for implementing free movement and trade policies, thereby further improving the travel, business and economic opportunities of CANZUK citizens in the years ahead.
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