If you had the choice to vacation in New Zealand or Canada as opposed to Zambia or Iran, which destination would you pick? If you chose the former options, chances are that your pick was influenced by how reputable you perceive those countries to be.
Exactly how each country gains its reputation is a fascinating process based on front page news events, economic and environmental policies and conditions, and much more. And, just like you’d pick a reputable bank, casino online or even a clothing brand based on reputation, millions of people do much the same when deciding where to travel to, conduct business or even emigrate.
A country’s reputation has huge power in determining whether or not to support it through their behaviour. Nations with good reputations enjoy more investments, exports and tourists, which further pushes them into a positive light. Here are 2019’s top 5 most reputable nations in the world, according to a recent survey by the experts at RI and Forbes.
#5: New Zealand
When judging the reputation of a country, RI has considered a few key details. Aside from the obvious criteria of beauty, friendliness and culture, they include whether or not the nation has an advanced economy, a clean and well-preserved environment, and an effective, non-corrupt government.
New Zealand shines on all counts, in part thanks to its new female Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Ardern has implemented numerous favourable policies during her term, including strict environmental laws and even policies that place more of an emphasis on citizens’ quality of life than they do on the local economy. The key to success on this year’s list was definitely governance – and New Zealand is providing a shining example.
Finland’s reputable governance, fierce environmental protection and great quality of life for locals has made it an obvious choice on the list. Despite the nation being one of the world’s smallest, it is making waves in its progressive stances on everything from gender, race and religious equality to protecting its remaining glaciers and the ecological integrity of its magnificent national parks.
Norway has long been lauded as one of the most progressive countries on Earth. Its policies on maternal and paternal leave, its negligible gender pay gap, and its futuristic education system are continuously setting the standard for other countries to follow suit. Norway is also an especially peaceful nation with low crime rates and highly successful rehabilitation programmes for its prisoners, which again sets an impressive benchmark for the rest of the world.
Unlike Iraq (this year’s least reputable nation), Switzerland has always been known as the world’s most peaceful country. Most recently, their strong economic growth has also seen them placed at an enviable spot on this list. The nation has a remarkably high GDP, excellent health care systems, and offers world-leading quality of life for its residents. It is also one of the planet’s most liberal regions, placing socio-economic progress high on its list of priorities.
Sweden has claimed the number 1 spot on the list for the 2nd year running now. The Scandinavian nation has reportedly strengthened its position since 2018 as well, in part thanks to ‘Sharing Sweden’, a selection of fact sheets and guides that were created by the governmental Swedish Institute in order to shape perceptions of the nation among overseas residents.
Sharing Sweden explores every facet of the country from what it is currently doing to boost its accessibility for those living with disabilities, to how to run a business or work in the nation. Aside from this carefully-crafted programme, the way Sweden cares for its locals through a universal healthcare system and remarkably equal pay among genders has made it a trustworthy destination in the eyes of people across the globe.