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Canada ranked as 2nd best country globally in 2023

Vimal Sivakumar - 08 September, 2023

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According to the 2023 Best Countries ranking by U.S. News, Canada is the second-best in the world overall this year.

Moving up from the third spot on U.S. News' list a year ago, Canada has cemented itself as a top country in many aspects. 

Specifically, Canada ranked among the top five nations in four of the 10 sub-categories assessed by U.S. News while also ranking in the top seven for nine of the 15 "best for" rankings. More on this to follow. 

U.S. News Best Countries 2023 - Methodology

To rank the 87 countries considered in their overall rankings, U.S. News surveyed over 17,000 people from 36 countries. Among the interview participants were "business leaders, middle-class or higher college-educated individuals and “nationally representative” citizens of each country." 

U.S. News Best Countries 2023 - Results (Canada)

For the rankings among the 10 sub-categories, the following lists the four areas where Canada ranked inside the top five countries.

  1. For Entrepreneurship, Canada ranked 5th behind the United States (US), Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom (UK)
  2. For Quality of Life, Canada was ranked 3rd behind Sweden and Norway
  3. In the Social Purpose sub-category, Canada ranked 4th behind Sweden, Norway and Finland
  4. Canada ranked 2nd for Agility behind the US

Further, U.S. News chose to evaluate the countries that survey respondents considered the "Best For" different attributes and characteristics. Here are the attributes for which Canada ranked among the top seven nations across the world. 

Understanding Canada's Ranking for 2023

Canada’s rankings by U.S. News as the world’s second-best country in 2023 reveal that Canada continues to maintain its status as a top global immigrant destination. This is because, as indicated by this year's ranking, Canada is perceived as a premier country for people at all stages of life, whether they are preparing to pursue their education, start their career, begin/grow their family or are ready for post-career life in retirement. 

For a fuller, more detailed look at Canada's place on U.S. News' rankings this year, click here. 

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