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The World's Most Reputable Countries 2016

Country RepTrak® measures the reputation of 55 countries based on levels of trust, esteem, admiration and respect based on an online panel of more than 48,000 people representing the G8 countries. The Study measures a country’s perceptions exploring 16 attributes that include it being viewed as: a safe place to visit, a beautiful country, having friendly and welcoming residents, having progressive social and economic policies, being run by an effective government, and more. 

The number one on the list is Sweden (RepTrak Pulse Score: 78.34), followed by Canada (RepTrak Pulse Score: 77.82), Switzerland (RepTrak Pulse Score: 77.00), Australia (RepTrak Pulse Score: 76.84), Norway (RepTrak Pulse Score: 76.18), Finland (RepTrak Pulse Score: 75.16), New Zealand (RepTrak Pulse Score: 74.68), Denmark (RepTrak Pulse Score: 74.25), Ireland (RepTrak Pulse Score: 74.11), Netherlands (RepTrak Pulse Score: 73.90), Austria (RepTrak Pulse Score: 72.44), Italy (RepTrak Pulse Score: 71.68), United Kingdom (RepTrak Pulse Score: 71.08), Japan (RepTrak Pulse Score: 70.97), France (RepTrak Pulse Score: 69.32) , Belgium (RepTrak Pulse Score: 67.95), Spain (RepTrak Pulse Score: 67.73), Germany (RepTrak Pulse Score: 67.55), Portugal(RepTrak Pulse Score: 66.53), Singapore (RepTrak Pulse Score: 60.12), Czech Republic, Costa Rica, Peru, Brazil, Taiwan, Thailand, Poland, United States of America, Argentina and Dominican Republic (in this order).

Sweden is awesome for families. With childcare capped by the state at around 1,300 kronor ($150) a month for the first child and generous parental leave of 16 months for mums and dads to split between themselves, Sweden is often painted as a family paradise. Best countries to raise kids are: 1. Sweden 2. Denmark 3. Canada.

Sweden is great for green living. It is not just Sweden's rolling hills, green forests and blue waters that earns it the top spot as best country for green living, but also its focus on environmental issues. Perhaps the world read about Stockholm's one-day ban on cars in the centre of the capital, Sweden's attempt to become the world's first fossil-fuel nation by 2030 or The Local's visit to Gothenburg to learn more about the city's super-technology 'silent buses'. In fact, Sweden is even so green that the King himself recently called for a global ban on bathtubs. Best countries for green living: 1. Sweden 2. Japan 3. Germany.

Sweden is a guiding light on the global stage. Sweden likes to see itself as the world's conscience, and as it turns out, that is exactly how the world views it – at least according to the Best Countries rankings. Sweden has a global reputation for promoting social justice and progressive causes both within and outside its borders, read the survey, listing its feminist foreign policy and work for gay rights. It also highlighted its gender equal parental leave and generous humanitarian aid. Best countries for citizens: 1. Sweden 2. Canada 3. Denmark.

Concerning the food, this is where Sweden scored the poorest, ending up in 36th place and not even making the top half. Perhaps not surprising considering that it was competing with super-extremely-heritage-rich countries such as Italy, which claimed the top spot, Spain, Greece and France. It only received a score of 1.9 out of 10 and an abysmal 0.1 in the sub-category 'has great food'. Best countries for rich heritage: 1. Italy 2. Spain 3. Greece.