New Zealand left off world's 10 best countries of 2019 list

International travel websites are reporting on a new list of the world's best 10 countries, but New Zealand has failed to make the cut.

The US News & World Report ranks 80 countries in its list, which is decided on by surveying more than 20,000 people in the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Countries are graded on 65 attributes - how well they rank in citizenship, cultural influence, education, heritage, power and quality of life, among other factors.

Switzerland has topped the list, again; the small European nation was also number one in 2018 and 2017.

Although it didn't make the top ten, New Zealand comes in at number 12 - behind Australia, which places 7th on the list.

Our neighbour across the Tasman Sea "comes in third on the list for comfortable retirement, and fifth on the best countries to travel alone list," reports Condé Nast Traveler.

"Chalk it up to that renowned Aussie friendliness and the country's unrivaled landscapes."

The planet's worst countries are named as Iraq (80), Iran (79), Angola (78) and Serbia (77).

The US News & World Report's top ten countries of 2019 are as follows:

1) Switzerland

Switzerland voted best country in the world, 2019.
The Swiss Alps. Photo credit: Getty

2) Japan

Japan voted 2nd best country in the world, 2019.
Chureito pagoda and Mt Fuji with cherry blossom. Photo credit: Getty

3) Canada

Canada voted third best country in the world, 2019.
Moraine lake, Banff. Photo credit: Getty

4) Germany

Germany voted 4th best country in the world, 2019.
Ramsau 'Malerwinkel'/ Berchtesgardener Land with church and creek, Bavaria. Photo credit: Getty

5) United Kingdom

The UK voted 5th best country in the world, 2019.
Winding road at Great Orme, North Wales. Photo credit: Getty

6) Sweden

Sweden voted 6th best country in the world, 2019.
Stortorget Square in Stockholm's Old Town. Photo credit: Getty

7) Australia

Australia voted 7th best country in the world, 2019.
The Twelve Apostles. Photo credit: Getty

8) United States

The USA voted 8th best country in the world, 2019.
Monument Valley, Arizona. Photo credit: Getty

9) Norway

Norway voted 9th best country in the world, 2019.
Svolvaer, Lofoten Islands. Photo credit: Getty

10) France

France voted 10th best country in the world, 2019.
The River Dordogne at Beynac-et-Cazenac. Photo credit: Getty

The full list can be viewed in pdf format at


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