What’s the best country on Earth? The answer Americans gave may surprise you


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Well, before you even think of starting a patriotic “USA!” chant, brace yourself because the United States isn’t exactly sitting pretty at the top of the list in this recent U.S. News survey.

 This comprehensive annual survey, which solicited the views of a whopping 17,000 people globally, brought some surprising nuances to light, particularly when it zeroes in on the American perspective on the “best country” conversation.

Interestingly, when the lens is focused on the opinions of Americans, the U.S. is praised highly in areas like entertainment, legal framework, and animal rights, even if the global view isn’t quite as generous.

However, it’s not all a patriotic parade; Americans were more critical of their own nation in several aspects, including governmental transparency and income equality, ranking them considerably lower than the global consensus.

So, here are the 10 best countries according to Americans:

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10. Germany

A powerhouse of innovation and economic stability, Germany has always held a prominent place on the global stage. Despite experiencing a slight dip in the rankings, the nation’s strong emphasis on technology, engineering, and its resilient economy continue to garner admiration. The rich cultural history, paired with its modern, cosmopolitan cities, makes Germany a haven for both history enthusiasts and those seeking cutting-edge developments in various sectors.

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9. Switzerland

Switzerland, a nation that epitomizes neutrality and peace, has seen a considerable drop in rankings according to American respondents. Despite its lower position, Switzerland continues to charm with its picturesque landscapes and a reputation for political stability and high living standards. Renowned for its precise and famed watchmaking industry, as well as being a hub of financial services, it remains a bastion of tranquility and prosperity in the heart of Europe.

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8. France

France, making strides up the list, encapsulates the essence of culture, gastronomy, and art. Americans seem to have developed an increased affection for the French allure – its rich history, culinary excellence, and contributions to art and philosophy. With iconic landmarks and regions steeped in history and wine-making tradition, France stands as a beacon of cultural richness and diversity.

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7. Japan

Though it has slipped slightly, Japan continues to command respect and admiration for its seamless blend of tradition and modernity. The Land of the Rising Sun embodies a unique juxtaposition of the ancient and the contemporary, offering both the serenity of its temples and the bustling energy of its mega-cities. Moreover, its contributions to technology and automotive industries, coupled with its rich cultural heritage, make it a constant fixture on the list of top countries globally.

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6. Canada

Canada, despite experiencing a dip, remains in the good graces of the American populace. Its picturesque landscapes, welcoming communities, and progressive policies continue to be a magnet for admiration. As a nation that prides itself on inclusivity and diversity, Canada’s efforts in championing human rights and environmental causes have certainly not gone unnoticed, fostering a strong bond of friendship and cooperation with its southern neighbor.

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5. Sweden

Sweden, known for its stunning natural beauty and progressive social policies, holds the fifth spot. Americans admire Sweden for its commitment to social welfare, environmental sustainability, and a high quality of life. Its innovative approaches to healthcare and education, paired with a vibrant cultural scene, make it a beacon of balanced living and societal harmony.

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4. Australia

Maintaining its position firmly at the fourth spot, Australia continues to capture American hearts with its breathtaking landscapes, friendly locals, and a laid-back lifestyle that resonates well with those seeking a balanced approach to life. The land Down Under is also celebrated for its rich biodiversity, offering a unique blend of urban sophistication and wild, untouched landscapes that beckon explorers and nature enthusiasts alike.

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3. United States

The United States sees a positive shift, inching closer to the top spot. While Americans have shown to be critical of their nation in certain aspects, the U.S. is still perceived as a land of opportunities, fostering entrepreneurship and innovation. The country’s strong influence in the entertainment industry and its well-developed legal framework are testament to its standing as a powerhouse on the global stage.

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2. New Zealand

New Zealand has catapulted to the second position, with Americans being increasingly enchanted by its lush landscapes and a government that has been globally lauded for its effective leadership. The Kiwi nation, renowned for its picturesque settings and a strong emphasis on environmental conservation, offers a tranquil and prosperous haven that seems to resonate strongly with American respondents this year.

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1. United Kingdom

Securing the top spot in a significant leap, the United Kingdom emerges as the prime choice among American respondents. The UK’s rich historical tapestry, combined with its modern vibrancy, seems to have struck a chord with Americans, who view their transatlantic ally with renewed admiration and affinity. The intertwining of royal traditions with a contemporary, cosmopolitan lifestyle presents a nation that is both steeped in history and fervently moving towards a progressive future.

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