Why is the United States considered the best country in the world?

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Short answer:
  • The United States is not ranked as the best country in the world by U.S. News & World Report (2022) -- Switzerland is.
  • The nation occupies a position at or near the top of many sub-ranking lists, including first place for power and agility, second place for entrepreneurialism, and third place for cultural impact.

To determine the most superior nation, it is necessary to compile a set of criteria or benchmarks that needs to be evaluated. Some prospective yardsticks are entirely subjective, and as a result, they cannot contribute to the development of an objective evaluation. There are two different kinds of subjective factors that may be taken into consideration when determining which nation is the best.

The personal circumstances of an individual constitute a subjective problem. Subjective choices such as one's likes and personal circumstances must be put aside; otherwise, the factors will be much too distinctive to arrive at any conclusions regarding the nation that is the greatest to live in. Instead, there is a need to investigate how things stand for the person who is statistically representative of the nation. When assessing countries, it is necessary to use objective criteria; that is, criteria on which virtually all reasonable people may agree on what a good country should meet. In the end, what is required is a list of fundamental commodities that is not biased toward any particular type of governance, economic system, or specific legislation. This list should be quite generic.[1][2]

Things that the vast majority of reasonably minded people would desire[3][edit]

Freedom (The US is at 15th position on the human freedom index for 2021)

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The Human Freedom Index assigns a number to each nation ranging from 0 to 10, where a score of 10 indicates the greatest amount of freedom and a score of 0 indicates that there is no freedom at all, based on 82 different variables. After these scores have been meticulously weighted and merged, the scores for personal freedom and economic freedom are determined and averaged to establish each country's final score on the human freedom index. The following are the ten nations that have the greatest human freedom indexes in 2021:

Country Freedom Index
Switzerland 9.11
New Zealand 9.01
Denmark 8.98
Estonia 8.91
Ireland 8.9
Canada 8.85
Finland 8.85
Australia 8.84
Sweden 8.83
Luxembourg 8.8

Literacy (When it comes to literacy, the US has a literacy rate of 99%)

The percentage of the world's population that can read and write is high. Literacy rates for men and girls alike who are at least 15 years old are equally high, coming in at 86.3%. Literacy rates for men aged 15 and older are at an all-time high of 90%, but literacy rates for females in the same age range are only at 82.7%. On the other hand, there are substantial variations from country to country.

The Top 10 Countries with the Highest Literacy Rates in the World:[1]

  • Uzbekistan
  • Ukraine
  • San Marino
  • Latvia
  • Estonia
  • Czech Republic
  • Lithuania
  • Tajikstan
  • Azerbaijan
  • Kazakhstan

Health Care (The US is ranked 30th in the world in terms of health care)

Universal Healthcare by Country

The level of medical care that is available in a country has been shown to have a considerable impact on the total quality of life that its residents are able to take pleasure in. Because of this, having a strong public healthcare system is of the highest necessity. When it comes to administering healthcare to the general population, nations located all over the world make use of a diverse range of approaches.

Countries With The Best Health Care Systems according to the CEOWorld Magazine's Health Care Index: Also See

Rank Country Health Care Index (Overall) Infrastructure Professionals Cost Medicine Availability Government Readiness
1 South Korea 78.72 87.16 14.23 83.59 82.3 87.89
2 Taiwan 77.7 79.05 13.06 78.39 78.99 65.09
3 Denmark 74.11 90.75 30.01 82.59 92.06 96.3
4 Austria 71.32 86.18 20.25 78.99 88.23 91.8
5 Japan 70.73 78.77 21.6 74.88 74.18 93.2
6 Australia 67.99 92.58 17.37 96.22 67.51 89.91
7 France 65.38 77.86 13.24 71.82 55.1 81.38
8 Spain 64.66 86.28 34.25 75.81 83.82 96.8
9 Belgium 64.63 72.48 24.51 68.68 64.78 94.9
10 United Kingdom 61.73 88.63 14.66 75.61 90.25 88.41

Happiness of citizens (The US ranks 19th in Happiness)

World Happiness Map

The World Happiness Report has used statistical research in order to discover which nations throughout the globe are happy. The latest version of the survey, which was published in 2021, came to the conclusion that Finland is the happiest nation in the world. Researchers analyzed comprehensive Gallup polling data from 149 countries over the past three years to determine the happiest country in the world. They specifically monitored performance in six specific categories, including per capita GDP, support networks, healthy life expectancy, freedom to make your own choices in life, the kindness of the overall population, and perspectives of internal and external corruption levels. Also See

The seven nations that rank highest on the global happiness scale:[4]

  • Finland
  • Denmark
  • Switzerland
  • Iceland
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Sweden

Quality of life (The US is at 19th position in terms of quality of life)

In addition to the fundamental concepts of having widespread access to food, shelter, excellent education, health care, and work, quality of life may also encompass intangibles such as political stability, individual freedom, and the quality of the environment. These nations provide their residents with high-quality care throughout every stage of life.

  • Sweden
  • Denmark
  • Canada
  • Switzerland
  • Norway
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • Netherlands
  • Australia
  • New Zealand


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  2. "Why the U.S. Is Not the Best Country in the World". The Good Society. 15 (2): 35–40. 2006. doi:10.1353/gso.2007.0016. ISSN 1538-9731.
  3. "In what ways people living in a Democratic country can expect their Government to work for their welfare ?". GeeksforGeeks. 2022-09-20. Retrieved 2022-10-31.
  4. Goshwami, Sarmistha (2022-03-30). "World Happiness Index 2022 Country wise Rank & Report". DMER Haryana: Recruitment, News, Admit card, result. Retrieved 2022-10-31.