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A new list of the world’s “best countries” has left many Americans baffled with the USA’s fourth-place ranking.

According to the U.S. News & World Report, America came in at no. 4 after Germany, Canada and the U.K. respectively.


U.S. News explained its methodology, saying that it scored each of the 60 included countries based on 65 different attributes identified by thousands of survey participants.

Germany claimed top spot for having “one of the largest economies in the world” and expanding “its role in the international community,” the report noted.

Canada was applauded for its “reputation of welcoming immigrants” and its “high-tech industrial society with a high standard of living.”



As for the Brits, they placed competitively for continuing “to be at the scientific and technological fore,” said the report.

After the U.S. came Sweden, Australia, Japan and France respectively.

Check out the full report here, and tell us your reaction in the comments.

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