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Here Are the 10 Best Nations on Earth

According to new rankings out by 'US News & World Report'; the US moves up one spot
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 16, 2020 11:00 AM CST

(Newser) – This is the fifth year US News & World Report has put out its "Best Countries" report, and one country has dominated every year but one. Switzerland is tops again for 2020, as it was in 2019, 2018, and 2017. The magazine, which worked with the BAV Group and the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School to come up with this year's list, gathered data from surveys of more than 20,000 business leaders, the college-educated middle class, and other citizens that represent each country. Respondents were asked to weigh in on a variety of attributes for every nation, including how business-friendly it is, the quality of life there, and its cultural influence. The US comes in at No. 7—one notch up the ladder from last year's ranking. Here, the rest of the nations that round out the top 10:

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  1. Switzerland
  2. Canada
  3. Japan
  4. Germany
  5. Australia
  6. United Kingdom
  7. United States
  8. Sweden
  9. Netherlands
  10. Norway
Check out US News & World Report to see the most powerful countries, as well as the best nations for women, green living, and quality of life. (Switzerland also recently made a "happiest countries" list.)

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