In a recent list of the best countries in the world, New Zealand secured the 11th position. The list that includes 60 nations in total, with Australia listed in the sixth position.
The list, put together by the US News, included the names of countries that scored the highest in 65 categories. After identifying the attributes of each nation, they were presented to more than 65,000 people across the world through a survey. The countries were evaluated on the basis of the responses gathered from the survey participants.
New Zealand achieved impressive scores in categories like quality of life, adventure, citizenship and open for business.
“New Zealand saw impressive growth and transformation in the decades following independence,” reads the US News survey report. “The export market, abounding with dairy, sheep, beef, poultry, fruit, vegetables and wine, was opened beyond the United Kingdom, and manufacturing and tourism were expanded. Per capita income remains high and, at 7.4 percent, education expenditures as a percent of gross domestic product are some of the highest in the world.”
However, Aotearoa, the North Island of New Zealand, couldn’t score high enough under categories like cultural influence, power and heritage. New Zealand is also a happy and positive country, as per the rankings by the US News survey.
Germany was ranked the best country and Canada follows next. The United Kingdom and the US have secured the third and the fourth spots, respectively.
According to the US news, the reports and rankings were based on “global perceptions define countries in terms of a number of qualitative characteristics, impressions that have the potential to drive trade, travel and investment and directly affect national economies.”
Stuff.co.nz reported that such list is first of its kind from the US News. In 2015, New Zealand was ranked ninth among the world’s best countries based on the survey by the United Nations.