Germany have slipped in the standings after the creators highlighted political uncertainty
According to the report, Germany slipped down the rankings due to a low score in three important categories: Open for business, Citizenship and Quality of life.
The lists creators said Germany was “rocked by a range of events – from growing public anxiety over an influx of refugees to a string of deadly terror attacks”.
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Canada missed out to Switzerland in the top spot with Britain third, Germany in fourth and Japan sneaking into the top five.
The UK remained in the same position as last year, suggesting that the initial shock of its Brexit vote seems to have stabilised.
America was hit by a negative response from those surveyed towards Trump being elected
We wanted to capture how tumultuous political change affect a country’s perceived standing in the world
Brian Kelly, editor of US News
Brian Kelly, editor of US News who released the report, said: “We wanted to capture how tumultuous political change affect a country’s perceived standing in the world.
“Similar to what we have done with hospitals, universities and other institutions, the Best Countries portal pairs fact-based metrics with storytelling to help citizens, business leaders and governments better evaluate their countries and make sense of a range of important global issues.”
The election of Donald Trump hindered the US who fell from fourth last year to seventh overall, thanks to 75 per cent of respondents surveyed claiming they had lost respect for White House leadership. Although the country was considered the world’s most powerful nation.
The consulting firm that helped to compile the list claimed “political turmoil” and a worry about unstable countries had a big impact.
The UK managed to retain third place even though many have moaned about Brexit
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John Gerzema, chief executive of BAV Consulting, said: “Our data captured widespread global concern for the social and geopolitical changes that cast many nations into uncertainty and turmoil.
“The new rankings reflect people’s desire to restore some sense of order by rewarding nations they perceive as championing neutrality, stability and diplomacy.”
The ranking relies on data from a survey of more than 21,000 business leaders, informed elites and general citizens.