The 2018 Best Countries report and rankings are based on how global perceptions define countries in terms of a number of qualitative characteristics, impressions that have the potential to drive trade, travel, and investment and directly affect national economies. The report covers perceptions of 80 nations.
More than 21,000 people from across the globe formed the assessment pool. They assessed how closely they associated an attribute with a nation.
Progress of Ukraine
Ukraine occupied the 69th position in the ranking while it was 73rd last year. It is not the biggest win but Ukraine succeed to achieve the rise in four points in the list and not many countries can make a boast of it. In other words, Ukraine moved out from the last tenth of the best countries in the world.
Particularly, the country succeeded to improve the indexes in the social sphere (four points higher), historical heritage (two points higher), openness for business (three points higher) and general quality of life (two points higher). However, the power of Ukraine at the international stage became lower in seven points and it occupied the 33rd place.
Characterization of Ukraine
Ukraine, a nation whose history has experienced long periods of occupation from other countries, today wrestles between war and peace, as well as between corruption and reform.
Ukraine joined into a free trade area at the beginning of 2016, and the World Bank noted that the country’s economy did begin to show signs of a weak recovery and it is strengthened by the reforms.
Services, industry, and agriculture are Ukraine’s three largest economic sectors.
Agricultural production and energy consumption can be made more efficient, and in doing so Ukraine could play an important role in global food security, according to the World Bank.
The country has a rich history in literature, music, architecture and folk art, including “pysanky,” Ukrainian Easter eggs.
Ukraine is a member of major international and regional organizations, including the United Nations, the World Trade Organization, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the Commonwealth of Independent States.
Leaders and losers
Switzerland, Canada, Germany, the UK, and Japan make the TOP-5 of the 2018 Best Countries while the TOP-10 slightly changed and Norway was replaced by the Netherlands.
Also, it is worthy to note that the TOP-10 base on the power of the country is totally different. The leading positions are occupied by the US, Russia, China, Germany, the UK, France, Japan, Israel, Saudi Arabia and UAE.
The last in the list of the best countries in the world are Algeria, Angola, Serbia, Iran, Nigeria, Lebanon, Pakistan, Oman, Belarus, and Ghana.
Also, Bolivia and Kazakhstan were excluded from the list of the best countries 2017. They were replaced by Belarus, Oman, and Ghana.