Egypt was 1st in Africa and number 36 in the world while South Africa was 2nd in Africa and 39th in the world.
Morocco and Kenya were 3rd and 4th, respectively in Africa and 39 and 40 in the world.
The 2020 Best Countries Report is based on how global perceptions define countries in terms of several qualitative characteristics, impressions that have the potential to drive trade, travel, and investment and directly affect national economies.
The report covers the perceptions of 73 nations.
The study and model used to score and rank countries were developed by BAV Group and The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, specifically professor David J. Reibstein, in consultation with U.S. News & World Report.
Attributes were grouped into nine sub-rankings that rolled into the Best Countries ranking: Adventure, Citizenship, Cultural Influence, Entrepreneurship, Heritage, Movers, Open for Business, Power and Quality of Life.
Switzerland was 1st in the world followed by Canada and Japan in the 2nd and 3rd, respectively.
In 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th were Germany, Australia, the UK, and the US, respectively.
Sweden, Netherlands, and Norway were numbers 8, 9 and 10, respectively. Out of the 10 best countries in the world, six were European countries.
Collectively, the 73 nations represented in the 2020 Best Countries rankings account for nearly 95 percent of global gross domestic product (GDP) and represent about three-quarters of the world’s population.