Where Does Thailand Place In The World’s “Best Countries” Rankings?

A new report from US News, in partnership with WPP and Wharton, has ranked 60 countries in terms of global performance, after surveying over 16,000 global citizens.

The Best Countries report placed Thailand in 21st position after measuring across 75 different dimensions that affect trade, travel, investment and national economies.

The final rankings were derived from scores against nine key metrics:

  • Adventure
  • Citizenship
  • Cultural Influence
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Heritage
  • Movers
  • Open For Business
  • Power
  • Quality Of Life

Here’s how Thailand performed:

thailand 21st best country

As you can see, the Land Of Smiles scored pretty highly on the first metric, Adventure; what a 5.6 score for “Sexy” means, we couldn’t say.

thailand 21st best country

Less impressive was Thailand’s performance in the Citizenship category, where only one of eight attributes  – religious freedom – scored over 1.0:

thailand country ranking

Here are the countries making up the top ten and can consider themselves, officially, the world’s best countries:

  1. Germany
  2. Canada
  3. UK
  4. USA
  5. Sweden
  6. Australia
  7. Japan
  8. France
  9. Netherlands
  10. Denmark

Thailand performed well in relation to its Southeast Asian neighbours, with just Singapore ahead in 15th place.

Malaysia was placed 28th, Vietnam 32nd, the Philippines 33rd and Indonesia 42nd.

Brunei, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar were not considered for the report.


What do you think of Thailand’s ranking?



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