10 best countries in the world—the U.S. isn’t even in the top 3

This week, U.S. News and World Report released its ranking of the best countries in the world.To rank the 87 countries listed, U.S. News and World Report, global marketing and communications services WPP and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania surveyed more than 17,000 people worldwide.The countries were scored across the following metrics:AdventureAgilityCultural InfluenceEntrepreneurshipHeritageMoversOpen for BusinessPowerQuality of LifeSocial PurposeThough the United States didn’t even rank in the top three, the country did land the No. 5 spot, down from No. 4 in 2022.The best country in the world: SwitzerlandFor the second year in a row, Switzerland is the best country in the world, according to the U.S News and World report. It was also the No. 1 country from 2017 to 2020 until Canada’s win in 2021.Switzerland is one of the world’s most developed countries and has one of the highest levels of per capita GDP in the world, according to the country’s Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.Switzerland ranked as one of the best countries, according to U.S. News and World Report.Allan Baxter | Getty ImagesThe 10 best countries in the worldSwitzerlandCanadaSwedenAustraliaUnited StatesJapanGermanyNew ZealandUnited KingdomNetherlandsCanada is the No. 2 best country in the world.The country has a GDP of $2.14 trillion and is the second-largest country by total area after Russia.In terms of cost of living, Canada is, on average, 11.2% lower than the United States, and renting in the country is 30.4% lower than in the U.S., according to Numbeo.Canada also ranked as the third best country for quality of life, according to U.S. News and World Report. The country is known for its affordability, access to education and healthcare system.Canada ranked as the second best country in the world, according to U.S. News and World Report.Istvan Kadar Photography | Moment | Getty ImagesSweden rounds out the top three. The country is best known for its free healthcare and college education programs, according to U.S. News and World Report.Sweden’s people boast one of the longest life expectancies, with the average age being 82.8 years, according to the CIA World Factbook. They are also known for being some of the world’s most generous, donating about one percent of the gross national product to humanitarian aid programs annually.Sweden ranked as the No. 3 best country in the world, according to U.S. News and World Report.Stefan Cristian Cioata | Moment | Getty ImagesSweden has one of the world’s highest GDP per capita and ranks highly in terms of quality of life, health, education, income equality, gender equality and prosperity.For example, Sweden has one of the best parental leave policies in the world. Parents are entitled to 480 days of paid parental leave when a child is born or adopted. Should there be two, each parent is entitled to 240 of those days.According to Numbeo, the cost of living in Sweden is, on average, 20.9% lower than in the United States, while renting is, on average, 57.5% lower.DON’T MISS: Want to be smarter and more successful with your money, work & life? Sign up for our new newsletter!Want to earn more and land your dream job? Join the free CNBC Make It: Your Money virtual event on Oct. 17 at 1 p.m. ET to learn how to level up your interview and negotiating skills, build your ideal career, boost your income and grow your wealth. Register for free today.

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