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Top 25 best countries in the world 2016

Germany has been crowned as the best country in the world, according to the inaugural “Best Countries” listing from U.S. News & World Report, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and BAV Consulting.

Canada comes in second, followed by United Kingdom. United States is fourth, ahead of notables such as Sweden, Australia, Japan, France, Netherlands and Denmark respectively.

Other notables: China was 17th, India 22nd, and Russia 24th. Algeria came in at No. 60.

The authors came up with the list of 60 countries after surveying 16,248 people from 36 countries in the Americas, Asia, Europe and Africa, in 24 categories.

These are the world’s best countries:

1. Germany
GDP: $3.7 trillion
Population: 80.9 million
GDP per capita, ppp: $45,888

2. Canada
GDP: $1.8 trillion
Population: 35.5 million
GDP per capita, ppp: $44,843

3. United Kingdom
GDP: $2.7 trillion
Population: 64.5 million
GDP per capita, ppp: $39,511

4. United States
GDP: $16.8 trillion
Population:  318.9 million
GDP per capita, ppp: $54,597

5. Sweden
GDP: $580 billion
Population: 9.7 million
GDP per capita, ppp: $45,986

6. Australia
GDP: $1.6 trillion
Population: 23.5 million
GDP per capita, ppp: $46,433

7. Japan
GDP: $4.9 trillion
Population: 127.1 million
GDP per capita, ppp: $37,390

8. France
GDP: $2.8 trillion
Population: 66.2 million
GDP per capita, ppp: $40,375

9. Netherlands
GDP: $854 billion
Population: 16.9 million
GDP per capita, ppp: $47,355

10. Denmark
GDP: $336 billion
Population: 5.6 million
GDP per capita, ppp: $44,343

11. New Zealand
GDP: $186 billion
Population: 4.5 million
GDP per capita, ppp: $35,152

12. Austria
GDP: $428 billion
Population: 8.5 million
GDP per capita, ppp: $46,420

13. Italy
GDP: $2.1 trillion
Population: 61.3 million
GDP per capita, ppp:  $35,486

14. Luxembourg
GDP: $60.1 billion
Population: 556.1 thousand
GDP per capita, ppp:  $92,049

15. Singapore
GDP: $298 billion
Population: 5.5 million
GDP per capita, ppp: $82,762

16. Spain
GDP: $1.4 trillion
Population: 46.4 million
GDP per capita, ppp: $33,711

17. China
GDP: $9.2 trillion
Population:  1.4 billion
GDP per capita, ppp: $12,880

18. Ireland
GDP: $232 billion
Population: 4.6 million
GDP per capita, ppp: $49,195

19. South Korea
GDP: $1.3 trillion
Population: 50.4 million
GDP per capita, ppp:  $35,277

20. Brazil
GDP: $2.3 trillion
Population: 206.1 million
GDP per capita, ppp: $16,096

21. Thailand
GDP: $387 billion
Population: 67.7 million
GDP per capita, ppp: $14,354

22. India
GDP: $1.9 trillion
Population: 1.3 billion
GDP per capita, ppp: $5,855

23. Portugal
GDP: $227 billion
Population: 10.4 million
GDP per capita, ppp: $26,975

24. Russia
GDP: $2.1 trillion
Population:  143.8 million
GDP per capita, ppp: $24,805

25. Israel
GDP: $291 billion
Population: 8.2 million
GDP per capita, ppp: $32,691

Congratulations, everyone!

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1. China
2. Germany
3. United States

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1. Thailand
2. Malaysia
3. Philippines

The world’s best countries to invest in

1. India
2. Singapore
3. Vietnam

The world’s best countries for education

1. United Kingdom
2. Canada
3. United States

The world’s best countries for raising kids

1. Sweden
2. Denmark
3. Canada

The world’s best countries for comfortable retirement

1. Costa Rica
2. Ireland
3. Canada

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Prof. Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj
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