The best and worst countries in the world

South Africa has been ranked as Africa’s best country, and the 31st best in the world, according to a new survey by USNews.com.

The ranking was determined by assessing 65 attributes in 60 countries, which were then put forward in a survey to 16,000 people across the globe.

Attributes were grouped into nine sub-rankings that rolled into the Best Countries ranking: Adventure, Citizenship, Cultural Influence, Entrepreneurship, Heritage, Movers, Open for Business, Power and Quality of Life.

Each country was scored on the categories based on the surveys and then ranked, weighted by the IMF’s purchasing power parity data, and country brand value.

South Africa ranked top on the African continent, above Morocco (35th), Egypt (39th), Tunisia (47th) and Nigeria (57th).

The country scored highest in the Movers category, for being distinctive and different as a nation and having unique and dynamic people.

On the flip side, however, South Africa ranked poorest for its quality of life – zero-rated for safety, and rated poorly for its education, healthcare, income equality and economic stability.

South Africa was also marked down for its low trustworthiness score (pointing to corruption) and its political power, which is not well-distributed.

Overall, South Africa scored 2.3 out of 10.

Germany was the top-ranked country, with an overall score of 10. This was followed by Canada (10), the UK (9.8), the USA (9.7) and Sweden (9.7).

At the bottom of the list, Algeria ranked 60th with a score of 0. Ukraine (0.1), Iran (0.2), Nigeria (0.3) and Pakistan (0.4) round out the bottom 5.

# Country Score
1 Germany 10.0
2 Canada 10.0
3 UK 9.8
4 USA 9.7
5 Sweden 9.7
6 Australia 9.5
7 Japan 9.4
8 France 9.0
9 Netherlands 8.7
10 Denmark 8.6
31 South Africa 2.3

These were the best performers in each sub-category:

  • Adventure: Brazil
  • Citizenship: Sweden
  • Cultural Influence: France
  • Entrepreneurship: Germany
  • Heritage: Italy
  • Movers: India
  • Open for Business: Luxembourg
  • Power: United States
  • Quality of Life: Canada

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