Canada ranked #1 country in the world for Quality of Life

Canada ranked #1 country in the world for Quality of Life

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The study, conducted by U.S. News in partnership with Y&R’s BAV and Wharton, broke 80 countries’ overall rankings down by identifying a “set of 65 country attributes – terms that can be used to describe a country and that are also relevant to the success of a modern nation.”

Canada offers the best quality of life

Each of those 65 attributes was then placed into one of nine subcategories that included:

Adventure (3.24 percent): friendly, fun, pleasant climate, scenic, sexy
Citizenship (16.95 percent): cares about human rights, cares about the environment, gender equality, progressive, religious freedom, respects property rights, trustworthy, well-distributed political power
Cultural Influence (12.93 percent): culturally significant in terms of entertainment, fashionable, happy, has an influential culture, modern, prestigious, trendy.

Entrepreneurship (17.42 percent): connected to the rest of the world, educated population, entrepreneurial, innovative, provides easy access to capital, skilled labor force, technological expertise, transparent business
practices, well-developed infrastructure, well-developed legal framework
Heritage (3.17 percent): culturally accessible, has a rich history, has great food, many cultural attractions.

Movers (10.00 percent): different, distinctive, dynamic, unique
Open for Business (11.99 percent): bureaucratic, cheap manufacturing costs, corrupt, favorable tax environment, transparent government practices.

Power (7.42 percent): a leader, economically influential, politically influential, strong international alliances, strong military
Quality of Life (16.89 percent): a good job market, affordable, economically stable, family friendly, income equality, politically stable, safe, well-developed public education system, well-developed public health system.

When the inaugural list of the world’s best countries was released last year at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Canada was also named the #1 country in the world for Quality of Life, the study’s third most heavily weighted category.

In 2017, Canada beat out Sweden, Denmark, Australia, and Norway who all finished in the Quality of Life top 5.

See also

Canada ranked 2nd best country in the world in 2017
Canada ranked as the 6th happiest country in the world
Canada ranked #1 place to go in 2017 by New York Times
Our overall ranking of #2 best country in the world in 2017 came from these rankings in the nine subcategories, including that coveted #1 spot in Quality of Life:

Here are the 25 best countries for Quality of Life in 2017

  • Canada
  • Sweden
  • Denmark
  • Australia
  • Norway
  • Switzerland
  • Finland
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Germany
  • Austria
  • United Kingdom
  • Japan
  • Luxembourg
  • Ireland
  • France
  • Singapore
  • United States
  • Portugal
  • China
  • Spain
  • Italy
  • Poland
  • United Arab Emirates
  • South Korea



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