An annual survey of the best countries in the world was released on Tuesday by U.S. News & World Report, along with Y&R’s BAV Consulting and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Their 2017 rankings prioritized countries that enjoyed some measure of peace, quiet and prosperity.
The Happiest Countries of 2017 Norway has jumped from its position of fourth happiest country in 2016 to 2017's top country. Norway's top position is notable for its presence in spite of the drop in oil prices, on which the Norwegian economy is considerably, although not exclusively, dependent upon.
Finland dropped significantly —11 places — since the last report, but as the safest country in the world it’s still got an edge. With tourist attractions including the Northern Lights, the Midnight Sun Film Festival in Sodankylä, Lapland (if the sun stays up all night, you might as well, too) and the distinguished honor of most saunas per capita, it’s a terrific place to spend a holiday.
Sweden ranked among the top 10 countries in seven of the 11 categories we measured. The Best And Worst Countries For Business 2017 Sweden is home to some of the most venerable, well-known brands in the world, including Volvo, Electrolux, Ericsson and H&M. Retail giant IKEA was founded in Sweden in 1943 by then 17-year-old Ingvar Kamprad.