And the results?
U.S. News & World Report ranks Germany #1
Germany is viewed as the overall "best country."
The home to Europe's largest economy is seen as the top country for encouraging
entrepreneurship, and is highly regarded for providing global leadership and
caring for its citizens.
Its leader, Chancellor Angela Merkel, whom both the Financial Times and Time magazine named as their Person of the Year for 2015, has actively led her government to confront some of the world's most pressing challenges, such as the Greek debt crisis and the waves of immigrants sweeping
Germany rose from the ashes of World War II to become Europe's foremost power
and a world leader in many areas, not least of which is its economic prowess founded on its network of small and medium businesses known as "Mittlestand."
The country is seen as a model for the way in which it trains workers in apprenticeships following secondary school education.
The United States, the world's greatest military power and largest economy, ranks fourth, trailing not only Germany but Canada and the United Kingdom, as well.
Canada, which recently elected a new liberal government under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, is rated highly on quality of life issues and transparency, while the U.K. is seen as an influential country that is the best nation to obtain an education.
J.D. GUY- Massachusetts AATG