ALPF has informed me that Canada was ranked the second best country in the world, behind only Australia. This is according to the Anholt-GMI Nation Brands Index, "the only analytical ranking of the world's nation brands". (Um, nation brands?). Anholt-GMI surveyed 10,000 people in 10 countries, asking questions about 25 countries in areas such as investment, tourism, people and culture.
Canada, a new country in the poll, overtook second place from the UK, which ranked number two in the first NBI in May 2005.So to all those nasty wingnut commenters: nyah, nyah, I'm moving up in the world!
In most areas -- best places to work and live, expand business, people, and governance -- Canada came in right after Australia, showing that the country's positive reputation continues to remain strong.
Unlike Canada's neighbor and close ally the United States, which ranks 11th; globally, the government is seen as neutral, with the majority of those polled describing the government as trust-worthy. Adding to this perception, is the fact that Canada ranks number two, after Switzerland, on overall governance, as well as on how much people around the world trust the country's government to make responsible decisions and uphold international peace and security. But, it might appear that a large part of the world's perception of Canada can be attributed to how they feel about Canadians: the people came in second place in the hospitable category, right after Australians.