Britain has retained its spot as third best country in the world despite anxieties over Brexit, a global survey suggests. Switzerland took first place followed by Canada and the UK, the survey by US News & World Report, Y&R’s BAV Consulting and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania shows.
The UK’s ranking is based on nine sub-categories in which the country ranks fourth for Entrepreneurship and Power, and fifth for Cultural Influence. It also came second in the list of countries offering the best education, beaten only by Canada.
Part of the Power ranking includes a high score for “strong international alliances”, despite the UK’s vote to leave the European Union last June.
The UK’s country profile reads: “The year 2017 ushered in anxiety about the country’s role on the global stage, due to the public voting in the summer of 2016 to leave the European Union.
“The vote raises questions about the European Union, as well as the policies supporting the Euro-zone.”
The profile goes on to describe the UK as a “highly developed nation” that exerts “considerable international economic, political, scientific and cultural influence” upon the global stage.
The UK was third overall in 2016 and “continues to be at the scientific and technological fore”, the profile continues, with scientist Professor Stephen Hawking and inventor of the World Wide Web Tim Berners-Lee cited as examples of innovative British thinking.
Playwright William Shakespeare is also singled out as “one of the greatest writers in the history of English literature”.
More than 21,000 people in 36 countries across the world were polled in the weeks following the 2016 US presidential election.
The US dropped three places to seventh overall, with more than 70% of respondents saying they had lost some degree of respect for America following the election campaign.
The findings come on the week International Women’s Day is celebrated, with Sweden, Denmark and Norway being voted the top three places for a woman followed by the Netherlands and Canada. The UK ranks 12th in the list.
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none of you are that smart really,-possibly correct BUT neither are you.Mar 10th, 2017 - 05:02 pm +2
Bigoted and histrionic are nearer the mark in your case.
No country is in irreversible decline unless the population wish it so.
So stop playing the martyr card and help to improve the society in which you live.
So I take you all to task for that laughable, ridiculous posture by telling you the truth of the reality of the UK, USA, Anglos, etc, and you don't like it too much.
No, to paraphrase Trump's spokesman, you peddle the alternative truth.
As to not liking it, I think that we pay no real attention to you apart from treating your comments as a joke and replying correspondingly.
Your credibility on here must be about 1%.
wee man voice,Mar 10th, 2017 - 12:50 am +1
Of course, it's not really up to you.
Got any more boring little bon mots for us?
Troll boyMar 10th, 2017 - 10:15 am +1
Of course, a person like yourself who has traveled extensively should be listened to and respected for their incisive opinion on this subject.
You pick out one aspect of the survey and apply it to all it's contents. Sloppy thinking !
If you bothered to look, I think that you would find that English authors are translated into dozens of foreign languages. Their popularity does not come from reading the books in English.
Many of the foreign authors you quote are available in English translations and are known to the reading public. Many are taught in secondary education - or were in my day.
I have read Hugo, in French as part of my education. Also Greek classics -TRANSLATED !
As you seem to have no job or need for one, maybe you can afford the luxury of self indulgence to learn various languages and read literature in it's native form.
The rest of us have ADULT responsibilities and little or no time to be self-indulgent.
Or maybe you are just a jealous little Troll.