Last Updated on October 13, 2016
Canada offers the best quality of life in the world according to a ranking system produced by the U.S. News and World Report.
Education, health, jobs and economic stability were all strong factors for Canada in the 2016 Best Countries report.
The land of the maple leaf came out second overall to Germany in the ranking system, which also takes into account factors including adventure, culture and heritage.
As well as quality of life, Canada’s strong suits were citizenship, business and entrepreneurship.
How Canada Scored Overall
|Open for Business||7.5||3|
|Quality of Life||10||1|
The report scores 60 countries, attempting to combine qualitative characteristics with factors that drive trade, travel and investment. The U.K., the U.S. and Sweden completed the top five countries.
“Globalization has expanded a country’s presence beyond its physical borders, and the 2016 Best Countries rankings seek to understand a nation’s worth beyond hard metrics,” the report said.
Under citizenship, Canada scored strongly on factors including trustworthiness, religious freedom, human rights and gender equality.
How Canada Scored Under ‘Quality of Life’
|A good job market||10|
|Public education system||10|
|Public health system||9.4|
The ‘open for business’ category saw Canada ranked third, based on the transparency of its government.
Meanwhile, in ranking fifth for entrepreneurship, Canada scored highly for its legal framework, having an educated population and a good infrastructure.
It wasn’t all positive, with Canada scoring poorly in the ‘movers’ category for its apparent lack of dynamism, and uniqueness, while a poor score on ‘heritage’ came down to the lack of a rich history and a poor standard of food.
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