These are the 20 best countries in the world, apparently

By Almari Wessels
11 March 2017

Can you guess which country came out on top?

The jury is in and the country of legendary knives, snowy slopes and Heidi came out on top!

According to the Best Countries 2017 US News survey, Switzerland is the best country in the world to live in with Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany and Japan filling out the top five positions.

The survey polled 21 372 individuals from 36 countries in four regions - the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East and Africa - and used nine categories (adventure, citizenship, cultural influence, entrepreneurship, heritage, movers, open for business, power and quality of life) to rank the top twenty best countries in the world.

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Unfortunately South Africa didn't make the cut, but let's hope Mzansi fares better next year!

These are the top twenty ranked countries:

1. Switzerland

2. Canada

3. United Kingdom

4. Germany

5. Japan

6. Sweden

7. United States

8. Australia

9. France

10. Norway

11. The Netherlands

12. Denmark

13. Finland

14. New Zealand

15. Singapore

16. Italy

17. Luxembourg

18. Austria

19. Spain

20. China

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