America Isn't the Best Country in the World (And It's Not Even Close, Study Says)

America Isn't the Best Country in the World (And It's Not Even Close, Study Says)

"Toxic" circumstances surround the fall.

By Alesandra Dubin

Many of us Americans are very fond of this place. But while the U.S. still reels from the upheaval of a divisive election and the priorities of a new presidential administration, it has also lost its place near the top of the list of the the world's best countries.

In fact, it's fallen tragically far, all the way down to seventh place, according to a report by U.S. News in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and global brand consultants BAV Consulting. The report results from a survey of more than 21,000 people from 36 countries all over the world.

Now at the top? Well, that's Switzerland, which is considered the world's new No. 1 country. That's because of "being open for business, an environment that encourages entrepreneurship, the quality of life it provides, its citizens and for its cultural influence," according to the report.

Canada took the runner-up spot (and it does have perhaps the world's most adorable head of state), followed next by the U.K., Germany, Japan, Sweden... and then America, to round out the top seven.

In 2016, Germany topped the list, followed by Canada, the U.K., the U.S., Sweden, Australia, and Japan.

But, according to the report, 75 percent of respondents said they had lost respect for the U.S. in some degree "because of the toxic tone of the 2016 presidential campaign."

Still, "the U.S. continues to be seen as the world's most powerful country: an economically and politically consequential nation with strong international alliances and strong military alliances."

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