Overall Best Countries Ranking

The overall ranking of Best Countries measures global performance on a variety of metrics.

How we score

Overall RankingsGermany flagGermany – #1 in Best Countries Overall

Germanic-speaking tribes in northern Europe date to antiquity, but the modern German state took shape in the 19th century. Defeats in the two world wars of the 20th century….Read more >>
$3.7 trillion GDP | 80.9 million POPULATION | $45,888 GDP PER CAPITA, PPP


Overall RankingsCanada flag Canada – #2 in Best Countries Overall

Canadians pride themselves in encouraging all of their citizens to honor their own cultures. In 1971, Canada adopted a national policy of multiculturalism, which celebrates the country’s diversity. Canada has a long list of accomplished writers and artists. Céline Dion, Sarah McLachlan and Joni Mitchell are just a few of the Canadians who have made an impression on modern music…. Read more >>

$1.8 trillion GDP | 35.5 million POPULATION |  $44,843 GDP PER CAPITA, PPP


Overall RankingsUnited Kingdom flag United Kingdom – #3 in Best Countries Overall

The capital city, London, is a major international financial center and one of the most visited cities in the world. The banking and tourism industries are parts of a larger service sector that powers much of the nation’s economic growth. The industrial revolution began in the U.K., and manufacturing – led by the automobile and aerospace industries – is a declining though still significant part of the nation’s economy…..Read more >>

$2.7 trillion GDP | 64.5 million POPULATION  |  $39,511 GDP PER CAPITA, PPP


Overall RankingsUnited States flag United States – #4 in Best Countries Overall

The American colonies declared independence from the British Empire in 1776 and were recognized as a new nation in 1783. The country nearly split in two during a civil war in the mid-1800s, but regained its footing in the 20th century, during which time it was on the winning side of both world wars….Read more >>

$16.8 trillion GDP| 318.9 million POPULATION |  $54,597 GDP PER CAPITA, PPP


Overall RankingsSweden flag Sweden – #5 in Best Countries Overall

Sweden operates under a model similar to those of other Nordic nations: heavily capitalistic with a large percent of spending going toward public service. Once well above the global average, tax rates have decreased, and an advanced infrastructure and transportation network assist with equal wealth distribution. Health care, as well as a college education, are free, and its people boast one of the longest life expectancies in the world. Almost all of Sweden’s trash is recycled….Read more >>

$580 billion GDP | 9.7 million POPULATION |  $45,986 GDP PER CAPITA, PPP


Overall RankingsAustralia flag Australia – #6 in Best Countries Overall

Australia has a parliamentary democracy government similar to the United Kingdom. While it separates its federal government into “three arms” – parliament, executive and judiciary – the executive answers to the parliament. In 1986 the nation ended all constitutional ties to the United Kingdom, although Queen Elizabeth II remains the ceremonial head of state…Read more >>

$1.6 trillion GDP  | 23.5 million POPULATION |  $46,433 GDP PER CAPITA, PPP


Overall RankingsJapan flag Japan – #7 in Best Countries Overall

The country can trace its political unification to the late fourth and early fifth centuries B.C. Civilization flourished in the late eighth to the late 12th century, followed by centuries of military rule. The country was isolated from the early 1600s to the mid 19th century, at which point its ports opened up to the West. Japan had grand territorial ambitions in the 1900s, invading several countries, only to be defeated in World War II…Read more >>

$4.9 trillion GDP  | 127.1 million POPULATION | $37,390 GDP PER CAPITA, PPP


Overall RankingsFrance flag France – #8 in Best Countries Overall

The World Bank classifies France as a wealthy, high-income nation. French citizens look to the federal government to guarantee certain social services, such aseducation, health care and pensions for retirement. The French economy is one of the world’s largest and is a mixture of private enterprise and government involvement. … Read more >>

$2.8 trillion GDP | 66.2 million POPULATION  | $40,375 GDP PER CAPITA, PPP


Overall RankingsNetherlands flag Netherlands – #9 in Best Countries Overall

Situated along the fringes of Western Europe, the Netherlands is a coastal lowland freckled with windmills characteristic of its development around the water. Three major European rivers – the Rhine, Meuse and Schelde – run through neighbors Germany and Belgium into the nation’s busy ports… Read more >>

$854 billion GDP | 16.9 million POPULATION | $47,355 GDP PER CAPITA, PPP


Overall RankingsDenmark flag Denmark – #10 in Best Countries Overall

The Kingdom of Denmark emerged in the 10th century and includes two North Atlantic island nations, the Faroe Islands and Greenland. Along with Sweden and Norway, it forms Scandinavia, a cultural region in Northern Europe. Copenhagen, Denmark’s capital, also serves as the country’s cultural and industrial hub….Read more >>

$336 billion GDP  | 5.6 million POPULATION | $44,343 GDP PER CAPITA, PPP