In case you missed it earlier this year, U.S. News & World Report came out with its first-ever survey of the Best Countries in the World and ranks Germany #1.germany_ss1

The magazine’s Best Countries rankings evaluate 60 countries across 24 rankings drawn from a survey of more than 16,000 global citizens.

Why Germany? U.S. News & World Report says: “People view Germany as the best country for fostering entrepreneurship and rank it high for the power it wields and the quality of life it provides its citizens. Undergraduate tuition has essentially been waived at many of the country’s public universities.”

The magazine reports that Germany’s leadership under Chancellor Angela Merkel is as popular worldwide as the United States’ led by President Obama. Further, Germany’s unemployment rate is below 5 percent, one of the lowest in the European Union.

Canada claims the #2 Best Countries spot, followed by the rest of the top 10 countries, in descending order, the United Kingdom, the United States, Sweden, Australia, Japan, France, the Netherlands and Denmark.

Algeria ranks dead last at #60 in the survey followed by, in ascending order, Ukraine, Iran, Nigeria, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Bolivia, Azerbaijan, Guatemala and Jordan.

Interestingly, U.S. News also ranked the 60 countries on a number of other measures that aspiring expats may find useful. Here is a sampling: