A new survey by USNews.com ranks SA as the 31st best country in the world and best in Africa – big fish small pond and all that –, out of a total of 60 countries assessed worldwide.
The survey looks a 65 different attributes and includes 16 000 people worldwide. Of the 65 attributes assessed, nine sub-rankings were determined: Adventure, Citizenship, Cultural Influence, Entrepreneurship, Heritage, Movers, Open for Business, Power and Quality of Life.
Each one of the sub categories were then scored based on the survey and ranked, taking into account the International Monetary Fund’s purchasing power parity data and each country’s brand value.
Mzanzi came out tops in Africa, beating Morocco (35th), Egypt (39th), Tunisia (47th) and Nigeria (57th).
We scored the highest marks in the Movers category, for our unique culture and distinctiveness.
That said, South Africa ranked the lowest for our quality of life – zero for safety, and rated poorly for its education, healthcare, income equality and economic stability.
SA also lost points for our shitty trustworthiness score – corruption — and an unequal distribution of political power.
On the flipside, Germany scored the highest out of all the countries, with an overall score of 10.
This was followed by Canada (10), the UK (9.8), the USA (9.7) and Sweden (9.7).
At the bottom of the list, Algeria ranked 60th with a score of 0. Ukraine (0.1), Iran (0.2), Nigeria (0.3) and Pakistan (0.4) make up the worst performers on the list.
These were the best performing countries in each sub-category:
Cultural Influence: France
Open for Business: Luxembourg
Power: United States
Quality of Life: Canada
source: The South African