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The 25 Best Countries in the World

Based on global opinion, these 25 nations are the world's best.

The 25 Best Countries in the World

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The Flag draped entrance to the United Nations Building in Geneva Switzerland.

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In an assessment of all that shapes a country, from quality of life to economic potential, these countries performed the best overall in the 2018 Best Countries rankings.

The rankings, formed in partnership with global marketing communications company Y&R's brand strategy firm, BAV Group, and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, aim to gauge global perceptions of the world's largest economies.

No. 25: India

No. 25: India

AGRA, INDIA - DECEMBER 01:  Woman bride with henna tattoo visit the famous indian sightseeing point Taj Mahal on December 01, 2012 in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India. The UNESCO World Heritage and mausoleum Taj Mahal was built from 1632-1653 by Mogul emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. (Photo by EyesWideOpen/Getty Images)

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India, the world's largest democracy, ranks No. 25 overall. It took top spots in Movers, a measure of economic potential, and in Heritage.

No. 24: Portugal

No. 24: Portugal

LISBON, PORTUGAL - AUGUST 28:  View of Placa do Comercio with the equestrian statue of Joseph I of Portugal and the Arco da Rua Augusta on August 28, 2014 in Lisbon, Portugal.

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Portugal, ranked No. 24 overall, is considered to be one of the best countries to travel alone. It also ranks highly as one of the best countries to retire comfortably, at No. 5.

No. 23: United Arab Emirates

No. 23: United Arab Emirates

TOPSHOT - Camels walk along sand dunes in the Mazayin Dhafra Camel Festival in the desert near the city of Madinat Zayed, 150 kms west of Abu Dhabi, on December 19, 2015. The festival, which attracts participants from around the Gulf region, includes a camel beauty contest, a display of UAE handcrafts and other activities aimed at promoting the country's folklore. 
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(Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images)

The United Arab Emirates, one of the most liberal of the Gulf states, ranks No. 23 overall. It is No. 1 in Movers and No. 10 in Power.

No. 22: South Korea

No. 22: South Korea

A crew member listens to his radio as he stands on the deck of a tour boat as it passes the city skyline along the Han River in Seoul on August 28, 2015.

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South Korea ranks No. 22 overall, one spot better than its rank in 2017. The country is considered the No. 2 most forward-looking country and the No. 12 best country for entrepreneurship.

No. 21: Ireland

No. 21: Ireland

Irish Landscape, County Clare (Alberto Loyo/Getty Images)

(Alberto Loyo/Getty Images)

Ireland ranks No. 21 overall. The Emerald Isle also places No. 11 in Open for Business, a three spot improvement from last year, and No. 15 in Citizenship.

No. 20: China

No. 20: China

People with umbrellas stand in the rain in front of the skyline of the Lujiazui Financial District in Pudong along the Huangpu River in Shanghai on August 14, 2014. China's industrial production, which measures output at factories, workshops and mines in the world's second-largest economy, rose 9.0 percent year-on-year in July, the government announced on August 13.  (Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images)

(Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images)

China, one of the world's most populous countries, ranks No. 20 overall. It is considered to be the third most powerful country and the sixth best country in which to start a business.

No. 19: Spain

No. 19: Spain

PAMPLONA, SPAIN - JULY 06:  Revelers enjoy the atmosphere during the opening day or 'Chupinazo' of the San Fermin Running of the Bulls fiesta on July 6, 2015 in Pamplona, Spain. The annual Fiesta de San Fermin, made famous by the 1926 novel of US writer Ernest Hemmingway entitled 'The Sun Also Rises', involves the daily running of the bulls through the historic heart of Pamplona to the bull ring.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

(David Ramos/Getty Images)

Spain, ranked No. 19 overall, is also one of the top countries for Adventure. It ranks No. 2 for Heritage and No. 1 for Best Countries to Travel Alone.

No. 18: Luxembourg

No. 18: Luxembourg

Vianden, Luxembourg, Benelux

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Luxembourg ranks No. 18 overall. Despite stricter tax codes that hit the European Union in 2015, the country ranks No. 1 in Open for Business and No. 3 in Best Countries to Headquarter a Corporation.

No. 17: Austria

No. 17: Austria

Schšnbrunn Palace is a former imperial summer residence located in Vienna, Austria. The 1,441-room Baroque palace is one of the most important architectural, cultural and historical monuments in the country. (Sergio Del Rosso / Getty Images)

(Sergio Del Rosso/Getty Images)

Austria is the No. 17 Best Country in the world, one spot better than its rank in 2017. The European country is No. 12 in the Best Countries for Women and No. 13 in the Best Countries for Green Living.

No. 16: Singapore

No. 16: Singapore

08 Sep 2014 --- A view of the central business district from the ArtScience museum at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. ---(Copyright Charles Pertwee/Corbis / APImages)

(Charles Pertwee/Corbis/AP)

Singapore, ranked No. 16 overall, boasts one of the world's highest gross domestic products per capita. Considered one of Asia's four economic tigers, the country ranks No. 3 in Movers and No. 5 in Best Countries to Start a Business.

No. 15: Italy

No. 15: Italy

The sculpture 'David'�from 1501/04 by Italian artist Michelangelo Buonarroti at the Museum Accademia di Belle Arti (Galleria dell'Accademia) in Florence, Italy, 21 July 2015. (Fredrik Von Erichsen/AP)

(Fredrik Von Erichsen/AP)

Italy ranks No. 15 overall, one spot better than its rank in 2017. Known for its many historical cities, world-renown cuisine and geographic beauty, the country takes top spots in Heritage and Cultural Influence.

No. 14: Finland

No. 14: Finland

Helsinki, Finland - March 17, 2015: Interior of  the Rock Church (Temppeliaukio Church) in the center of the Helsinki City, Finland.

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Finland ranks No. 14 overall. Despite a drop in the overall rankings compared to last year, the country maintains top five spots in the Best Countries for Women, the Best Countries to Raise Kids, Transparency and Green Living.

No. 13: New Zealand

No. 13: New Zealand

Overhead view of Queenstown and The Remarkables, New Zealand (XXXL) Queenstown at dusk, Otago, New Zealand. Spring has just started and the peaks of the alps in back got their last powder snow. The last sunlight adds a warm tone to the mountain range while Queenstown is already brightly illuminated by the street lights.

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New Zealand is the No. 13 Best Country overall, faring one spot better than last year. The country's education expenditures as a percent of gross domestic product are among the highest in the world, and it ranks No. 13 in the Best Countries for Education. It is also considered the No. 1 country to retire comfortably.

No. 12: Norway

No. 12: Norway

Oslo Skyline by night 2015

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Norway, which has twice rejected European Union membership, fell two spots to rank No. 12 overall. The country takes the No. 1 spot for citizenship and transparency.

No. 11: Denmark

No. 11: Denmark

Coulourful houses and boats can be seen in the Nyhavn district in Copenhagen on August 10, 2010. Denmark will play against Germany in a friendly football match in Kopenhagen on August 11, 2010. (Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images)

(Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images)

Norway's Nordic neighbor, Denmark, ranks No. 11 overall. It is considered the No. 1 Best Country for Women and Best Country to Raise Kids and No. 3 in Open for Business.

No. 10: Netherlands

No. 10: Netherlands

A canal cruise boat navigates on Herengracht canal, as dusk falls over the center of Amsterdam, Netherlands, Tuesday Jan. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

(Peter Dejong/AP)

The Netherlands improved one spot this year to rank in the top 10 Best Countries overall. The Dutch were the first to legalize same-sex marriage, and national policies on drugs and abortion are liberal; their country ranks No. 8 in Quality of Life.

No. 9: France

No. 9: France

Pigeons fly past as bride and groom are photographed at the Trocadero Plaza opposite the Eiffel tower, at sunrise on October 1, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LUDOVIC MARIN        (Photo credit should read LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP/Getty Images)

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France, one of the most visited countries in the world, ranks No. 9 overall. It is No. 2 in Cultural Influence and No. 6 in Power.

No. 8: United States

No. 8: United States

Scenes from the World War II Memorial on the National Mall

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The U.S. fell one spot to No. 8 this year. The country with the largest economy in the world is also considered the most powerful. It ranks No. 3 in Entrepreneurship and No. 3 in Cultural Influence, as well.

No. 7: Australia

No. 7: Australia

People enjoy the hot weather at the north end of Bondi Beach during the Labour Day holiday in Sydney on October 5, 2015.   AFP PHOTO / Peter PARKS        (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)

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Australia is the No. 7 Best Country overall. The Land Down Under – No. 5 in Quality of Life and No. 9 in Cultural Influence – also ranks in the top 10 in terms of education, where to travel alone and others.

No. 6: Sweden

No. 6: Sweden

A palace guard stands in front of the Royal Palace while the sun sinks over Grand Hotel in downtown Stockholm, Sweden on September 3, 2013, on the eve of the two-day visit by US President Barack Obama.

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Sweden, one of the most generous countries in terms of contributing funds to humanitarian aid, ranks No. 6 overall. The country is No. 3 in Quality of Life and No. 5 in Open for Business.

No. 5: Japan

No. 5: Japan

TOKYO, JAPAN - JANUARY 02:  Members of the Imperial family wave to well-wishers during the celebration for the New Year on the veranda of the Imperial Palace on January 2, 2015 in Tokyo, Japan.  (Photo by Ken Ishii/Getty Images)

(Ken Ishii/Getty Images)

Japan, ranked No. 5 overall, is the top performing Asian country. It ranks No. 5 in Movers and No. 1 as the most forward-looking country.

No. 4: United Kingdom

No. 4: United Kingdom

A double-decker bus travels through Piccadilly Circus on March 19, 2012 in London, England. London's West End is synonymous with theatre productions, containing over forty venues showing plays, musicals and operas, the theatres typically play host to over 14 million spectators viewing over 18,000 performances each year.

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The U.K. ranks No. 4 overall. The post-Brexit nation fell one spot compared to the 2017 rankings, but maintained its No. 4 spot in Entrepreneurship and the No. 5 spot in Cultural Influence.

No. 3: Germany

No. 3: Germany

Germany, Berlin, Pariser Platz, Brandenburger Gate at sunset

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Germany is ranked No. 3 overall, performing best in Entrepreneurship and Power. The country's leader, Chancellor Angela Merkel, has one of the highest global approval ratings among prominent global leaders.

No. 2: Canada

No. 2: Canada

The downtown skyline is viewed after sunset from Centre Island in Toronto Harbour on July 1, 2014 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Canada's most populous city is undergoing a major economic boom with high-rise construction and renovation projects underway throughout the downtown and outlying neighborhoods. (George Rose/Getty Images)

(George Rose/Getty Images)

Canada, the second largest country in the world in terms of landmass, ranks No. 2 overall. It takes the top spot in Quality of Life and No. 2 in terms of the best countries to headquarter a corporation.

No. 1: Switzerland

No. 1: Switzerland

Tourists at Schilthorn 007 restaurant with Mt Eiger Mt Monch Mt Jungfrau in the background, Bernese Oberland, Switzerland

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For the second year in a row, Switzerland is considered the No. 1 Best Country. The country, well-known for its history of neutrality, ranks No. 2 in Citizenship and No. 2 in Open for Business.

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Deidre McPhillips is a data editor at U.S. News. You can find her on Twitter or email her at dmcphillips@usnews.com.

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