Best Countries 2019

Many people around the world believe that they live in the best nation. While your own personal circumstances may lead you to believe that you live in the best country in the world, does this hold true for other people in your country? How do you even measure which nation is truly the best?

One of the best measurements for the top countries in the world is the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Countries list. This country looks at a total of 65 attributes to determine which nations are the best in the world. Attributes are broken up into nine subrankings, including Power, Quality of Life, Adventure, Cultural Influence, and Entrepreneurship. These subrankings hold different weight. For example, the Adventure subranking only accounts for 2 percent of the score, while Citizenship accounts for over 15% of a nation’s total score.

Based on these factors, Switzerland tops the 2019 Best Countries list. Coming in second is Japan, followed by Canada, Germany, and the United Kingdom.

The top 20 best countries according to this study include:

Rank Flag Name Population 2019 Area Area (mi²) % of Earth's Area Growth Rate Region Subregion
1China1,433,783,6869,706,961 km²3,746,887 mi²6.54%0.43%AsiaEastern Asia
2United States329,064,9179,372,610 km²3,617,827 mi²6.31%0.60%AmericasNorthern America
3Japan126,860,301377,930 km²145,881 mi²0.25%-0.27%AsiaEastern Asia
4Germany83,517,045357,114 km²137,846 mi²0.24%0.47%EuropeWestern Europe
5United Kingdom67,530,172242,900 km²93,759 mi²0.16%0.58%EuropeNorthern Europe
6France65,129,728551,695 km²212,954 mi²0.37%0.21%EuropeWestern Europe
7Italy60,550,075301,336 km²116,316 mi²0.20%-0.13%EuropeSouthern Europe
8Spain46,736,776505,992 km²195,313 mi²0.34%0.09%EuropeSouthern Europe
9Canada37,411,0479,984,670 km²3,854,083 mi²6.73%0.91%AmericasNorthern America
10Australia25,203,1987,692,024 km²2,969,121 mi²5.18%1.23%OceaniaAustralia and New Zealand
11Netherlands17,097,13041,850 km²16,154 mi²< 0.1%0.22%EuropeWestern Europe
12Belgium11,539,32830,528 km²11,784 mi²< 0.1%0.50%EuropeWestern Europe
13Sweden10,036,379450,295 km²173,814 mi²0.30%0.65%EuropeNorthern Europe
14Switzerland8,591,36541,284 km²15,936 mi²< 0.1%0.77%EuropeWestern Europe
15Singapore5,804,337710 km²274 mi²< 0.1%0.81%AsiaSouth-Eastern Asia
16Denmark5,771,87643,094 km²16,634 mi²< 0.1%0.34%EuropeNorthern Europe
17Finland5,532,156338,424 km²130,632 mi²0.23%0.17%EuropeNorthern Europe
18Norway5,378,857323,802 km²124,988 mi²0.22%0.77%EuropeNorthern Europe
19New Zealand4,783,063270,467 km²104,400 mi²0.18%0.84%OceaniaAustralia and New Zealand
20Luxembourg615,7292,586 km²998 mi²< 0.1%1.90%EuropeWestern Europe