NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Wednesday, January 20, 2016, 1:30 AM
Deutschland uber alles — again! Germany was ranked the top nation in the world by U.S. News & World Report.
Achtung, baby! Germany rules the world.
The country known for the beer, Bach and BMWs has been named the top country overall in US News & World Report’s first ever “best countries” report.
Canada and the United Kingdom occupy the second and third spots in the all-around ranking, with the United States following at number four in the study that will be released Wednesday at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland.
Germany ranks as the world’s “top” country in part because of its strong economy, world influence and its focus on key global issues, such as the migrant crisis and Eurozone unity, the survey said.
USA! USA! That’s the cheer — but the reality is that we’re falling behind other nations.
America excelled at “cultural influence” (we came in third), entrepreneurship (third), and, of course, power (we’re number 1!). But the U.S. didn’t even make the top 20 for “heritage (richest traditions)” — which of course makes sense for a melting pot forged from immigrants from across the world.
Brazil was named best place to visit, due, no doubt, to white-sand beaches, some still-untouched wilderness and party-hearty Rio de Janiero. Luxembourg was the best place to do business (tax breaks, anyone? Do the math). And France had the best culture, thanks to its fine food and fine art.
Canada had the best quality of life (we were 14). Germany even beat the US in “entrepreneurship.” Italy is the country with the richest tradition (family is so strong, in fact, that some men live at home well into their 30s!), while India has the No. 1 up and coming economy.
US News is best known for ranking universities, hospitals and other institutions, but the magazine expanded its scope to look at how nations are perceived in an increasingly connected world.
The magazine worked with BAV Consulting and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania to evaluate 60 nations across 24 criteria such as power, sustainability and economic influence. More than 16,200 business leaders, informed elites and general citizens were asked about perceptions about various countries’ approaches to trade, travel and investment.
“Our results were analyzed in correlation with the per capita gross domestic purchasing power parity of each country,” said David Reibstein, professor of marketing at the Wharton School.
Canada had the best quality of life (we were 14th!). This is a view of Toronto.
U.S. News Chairman and Editor-in-Chief Mortimer B. Zuckerman hopes the new survey “will be a global homepage … to help citizens, business leaders and governments evaluate performance in a rapidly changing world.”
For the full list, visit www.usnews.com/news/best-countries