A recent article in Canadian Business establishes, with heaps of evidence, that Canada is the best country in the world. I concur. The article focuses on why Canada is the best place to do business but many of the points raised make it clear that Canada is the best place, in all respects. Let’s take a look at some of the hard numbers presented:
Canada has been ranked #1 internationally for reputation.
Canada has been ranked #1 for international brand.
86% of Canadians believe Canada is the best country in the world.
Canadian households have a net worth of US$122,260, versus US$93,100 in the States.
See below for a full list of what makes Canada the best in the world
Canada is the best place on earth. A large number of factors determine our place at the top such as the liveability of our cities, where we rank on the Human Development Index (HDI), and our overall wealth. For years we have topped independent studies of dominance in these areas and more, but what has really set us apart – and put us on a pedestal on the international stage – is our performance as a nation during the recent recession.
The recession was tough on everyone; no one is going to say otherwise. However, it’s no secret that Canada fared better than most. We avoided a national implosion through a combination of our robust banking/financial system, our powerful hedged economy and our innate ability to weather a storm (literally and figuratively). As a result, we are now the envy of countries across the globe with our reputation beginning to grow as big as the massive land we sit on.
Canadians have little to complain about as this great country has continued to treat us well decade after decade, however, like never before, Canada is now positioned to take a much bigger role on the world stage. Part of our success has been to sit quietly in the background and enjoy our prosperity, but it is now time to give back to the world and take on the world leadership we deserve. We have the resources (natural and otherwise) to become a much bigger player globally and the everyday Canadian can stand to benefit from this globalization.
According to Joanna Pachner, writing for Canadian business, Canada has a number of opportunities ahead to become an economic super power. Our reputation can take us many places, particularly in proven industries like finance which Pachner sees as a Canadian strength. Combined with our vast resources (Canada is estimated to have 13% of all undiscovered oil in the world) and business prowess (Canada is taking on a much larger role globally with various trade deals in the works) Canada is poised to become the country-to-be.
Why Canada is the best country. Period.
- Enormous and gorgeous (albeit cold) land
- Powerful economy
- Highly ranked on the HDI
- World-renowned educational system
- Sound infrastructure
- High net worth
- Strong financial/banking system
- Highly-coveted healthcare system
- Business-friendly & investment-friendly environment
- Technologically advanced
- Large talent pool (particularly per capita)
- Stable political environment (not a circus like U.S. politics)
My hope in writing this article is that Canadians will be more proud than ever. We are modest by design but it is okay to embrace our success sometimes. More importantly though, is to love the country that has given you so much; and when you’re done being modest – let’s take the world by storm.
Update: additional charts that clearly show Canada as a favourable country to live in across many different categories of measure. Very impressive!