KAZAKHSTAN IN THE RANKING OF THE 80 BEST COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD
Switzerland took the top spot on an annual survey of the best countries. Switzerland is in the first place, ahead of Canada, the UK, Germany and Japan in the top five. Sweden, the US, Australia, France and Norway made up the top ten «best countries». On rates of the economy growth, the United Arab Emirates, Singapore and India are in the leading position.
According to the US News & World Report magazine, Kazakhstan takes 71st place out of 80 countries that participated in the ranking. In 2016, Kazakhstan was on the 55th place out of 60 countries.
«Kazakhstan, the world's largest landlocked country, is located mainly in Central Asia, with a small section in the easternmost Europe. The country has the largest economy in the region, fueled mostly by its vast natural resources. Kazakhstan is the world's largest uranium producer. Much of the growth in the country’s economy has been tied to the oil sector. From the mid-1990s to 2010, its per capita gross domestic product is estimated to have increased more than tenfold. The country also has a large agricultural sector featuring livestock and grain. Kazakhstan is a member of the United Nations,the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and other international organizations», — has been stated on the edition website.
In the ranking, after Kazakhstan is Bolivia, Ukraine, Pakistan and Angola. Completing the list of Algeria (78th place), Iran (79) and Serbia (80). Russia occupies 27th place in the rating.
Countries were evaluated on nine criteria: the development of the tourism industry, innovations, social sphere, culture, the rates of economy growth, open for business, quality of life, historical heritage, as well as the power and influence on the world stage.
The rating was compiled by US News & World Report in collaboration with BAV Consulting and the Pennsylvania University. It is based on the results of a survey conducted among about 21.3 thousand people from 36 countries including business elite representatives and ordinary citizens.