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What would you answer if somebody asked you: what is the best country in the world? Not an easy question, I guess. I am not sure what I would answer myself. Sure, Germany is nice for certain things, but other countries have their perks too!
But my opinion does not matter much. US News, together with brand strategy firm BAV Consulting and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, asked 16,000 people from four regions to associate 60 countries with different characteristics. The characteristics ranged from the quality of life to the degree of adventure a country offers. Out of all these, the country of the Bratwurst and the Autobahn turned out to be the best country in the world.
Germany scored very high in the areas citizenship, entrepreneurship and power. Tuition fees of undergraduate programs are practically eliminated, the costs of living and doing business are very low for such a highly developed country, unemployment rates are at a very low 5 percent, and politically, Germany is not doing bad either. Angela Merkel became one of the most important politicians worldwide, and is now on the same level as the President of the United States, for example. Also within the EU, Germany fares very well. Not only is Germany the largest economy of the EU, it is also the main country. Without Germany, the EU would not function.
On the other hand, the country scored poorly on adventure, heritage and “movers”, which designates countries that are unique, distinctive and dynamic. Germany turns out not to be sexy at all. This part of the “adventure” rating was reserved for countries like Brazil, Italy and Spain. Also for its heritage, Germany does not have a great score. Italy wins completely, with a 10/10 – great food, many cultural attractions, rich history, and very accessible. Germany is not, and has terrible food, according to those polled.
To see the full ranking, and discover how other countries fared, click here.
What is the best country in the world according to you, and why? I am looking forward to your comments!