New Zealand second-best country in the world and better than the US, Americans say

  • 14/09/2023
Here's what Americans think about New Zealand.
Here's what Americans think about New Zealand. Photo credit: Image - Getty Images

Americans have ranked Aotearoa the second-best country in the world, according to a poll by a US media outlet.   

The US News & World report, which pulls data from people across the world for a range of categories, recently released what its respondents believe are the best countries in the world.   

Aotearoa was ranked eighth best country overall in the poll for our friendliness and scenic sites.  

But when the data is cut to just what Americans believe, the UK was ranked the best country on the planet, with New Zealand the second.   

Here's the list:  

  1. UK   
  2. New Zealand   
  3. United States  
  4. Australia    
  5. Sweden   
  6. Canada   
  7. Japan   
  8. France    
  9. Switzerland  
  10. Germany.   

Attributes were grouped into 10 sub-rankings that rolled into the best countries rankings and include: adventure, agility, cultural influence, entrepreneurship, heritage, movers, open for business, power, quality of life and social purpose.    

Overall Aotearoa was ranked highly, 92.6 out of 100.    

Under the category 'adventure', Aotearoa ranks well again. Out of 100, New Zealand was ranked 97.9 for being friendly, 74.2 for fun, 94.2 for good for tourism, 87.3 for pleasant climate and 100 for scenery.    

But for the 'sexy' category, Aotearoa rated a brutal 7.0.    

There are many categories the outlet rated countries for, and another New Zealand scored well in is quality of life (80).    

The outlet scored New Zealand 80.5 out of 100 for a good job market, 79.6 for economically stable, 98.7 for family-friendly and 86.2 for politically stable. Though for being affordable, New Zealand scored very low again (6.2).