The Independent

Germany named best country in the world
The Independent

Germany has beaten the US to be named the best country in the world, according to a survey that rates nations on how they are perceived by outsiders. America has topped the charts for the past five years in the annual Nation Brands Index produced by Anholt-GfK, which carried out more than 20,000 interviews across 20 countries.

The UK successfully held onto its third-place performance from last year, while France was ranked fourth and Canada came fifth.

The study claims to reflect “global public opinion”, and asked people to rank the 50 developed and developing countries listed based on twenty-three different attributes.Combined, these scores meant the countries could be ranked on the value which, according to Anholt-GfK , build up a nation’s image. They were: exports, governance, culture, people, tourism and immigration/investment.

Simon Anholt, an independent policy advisor who co-produced the report, said that the interviews were carried out shortly after Germany’s footballing victory in the 2014 World Cup – likely contributing to a huge jump in its score for “sport excellence”.

La gogauche n’arrête pas de nous dire que Stephen Harper a fait du Canada un paria sur la scène internationale, un État voyou qui est méprisé à la grandeur du globe…

Pourtant, quand on lit la presse étrangère on apprend que le Canada est dans le top cinq des pays les plus admirés, devant la Suède, la Norvège ou la Finlande ! Pas de danger que nos bons médias nous en parlent…

En passant, quand Harper a été élu à la tête d’un gouvernement majoritaire, le Canada était 6e. Donc, sous le règne du gouvernement conservateur, la situation s’est améliorée !