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Date: September 2010
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Switzerland runner-up in "Best Countries"
For the first time ever, the American weekly news magazine Newsweek has published its "Best Countries" ranking.
Newsweek set out to answer the following question: "If you were born today, which country would provide you the very best opportunity to live a healthy, safe, reasonably prosperous, and upwardly mobile life?" Newsweek's "Best Countries ranking" is holding the answer.
For the ranking 100 countries from all continents were put to test in the categories education, health, quality of life, economic dynamism and political environment.
Every category has equal weight – the maximum country score is 102 points per category. With its overall score of 89.31 points Switzerland is right behind Finland (89.40 points). The ranking is based on surveys.
Switzerland has been rated an excellent second thanks to high scores in both the categories health and quality of life respectively. Japan edges past Switzerland in health; Norway regarding quality of life. Switzerland is in the top ten to when it comes to education (6th) and economic dynamism (7th).
Top 15 Rankings
1 Finnland
2 Switzerland
3 Sweden
4 Australia
5 Luxembourg
6 Norway
7 Canada
8 Netherlands
9 Japan
10 Denmark
11 United States
12 Germany
13 New Zealand
14 Germany
15 South Korea
Please visit NEWSWEEK.com to read the full study
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