When it comes to quality of life, Canada is world's best

Canada fans at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics. (REUTERS/Brian Snyder)
Canada fans at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics. (REUTERS/Brian Snyder)

When it comes to quality of life — it doesn’t get any better than Canada according to U.S. News and World Report’s 2019 Best Countries Report.

Canada earned the nod on the strength of its job market, public education system, and political stability.

(U.S. News and World Report)
(U.S. News and World Report)

Canada finished third for the best country overall behind No. 2 Japan and No. 1 Switzerland. Switzerland took the top spot, for the third year in a row, out of 80 countries based on 65 metrics.

Best Countries in 2019
1. Switzerland
2. Japan
3. Canada
4. Germany
5. United Kingdom
6. Sweden
7. Australia
8. United States
9. Norway
10. France

Besides quality of life — Canada performed well in terms of ‘citizenship’, ‘entrepreneurship’, and ‘being open for business’. It didn’t do so well in the categories of ‘heritage’ (readily associated with a unique identity) and ‘movers’ (a country’s future growth in terms of per capita purchasing power parity gross domestic product).

(U.S. News and World Report)
(U.S. News and World Report)

Quality of life doesn’t translate into global power though. The usual players made the top three on that metric, with the United States leading the way, followed by Russia, then China.

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