Canada best in the world

For the fifth year in a row, people from all over the world have named Canada the best country in terms of quality of life.

Of all the countries surveyed, Canada ranked first for political stability, second for a good labor market and fourth for a well-developed public education system. Citizens of the world also praised Canada for its well-developed public health system.

The best countries of 2020 ratings were conducted by News & World Report, an American agency. A total of 20,548 people from 36 countries were interviewed for their perception of 73 countries. Countries were scored in nine different categories, which were weighted to get a total score:

  • The quality of life
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Adventures
  • Citizenship
  • Cultural influence
  • Heritage
  • Mobility
  • Open for business
  • Power

Canada came in second in the overall standings, behind Switzerland, which ranked first in the overall standings.

In the Citizenship category, Canada ranked second after Sweden. Countries with high scores in this section were perceived as caring for human rights, the environment, gender equality and religious freedom. They were also seen as progressive, respectful of property rights, trustworthy and having well-distributed political power.

In the Open for Business category, Canada ranked third after Luxembourg and Switzerland. Countries were evaluated based on their level of bureaucracy, production costs, corruption, tax environment, and government performance. Canada scored high for a rating of 0 out of 10 for alleged corruption and 10 for government transparency.