In recent years, Scandinavian countries have tended to top polls for the happiest places to live. Denmark took the top spot on the United Nation's World Happiness Report in 2013 and 2014 and came in third in the 2015 report, following closely behind Switzerland and Iceland.
The famous Danish work-life balance and their emphasis on the art of hygge, best translated as cosiness, makes them an obvious contender for best country in the world to live in.
Can you guess where has just landed the coveted top spot now?
Brazil? Sweden? No, it’s Germany.
According to a US News & World Report out this week that polled 16 000 people worldwide, Germany was ranked the best place to live in the world. The rankings report praised Germany for its support of entrepreneurs, its growing role as a global leader and its high quality of life, among other factors.
The survey’s respondents were asked to associate each of the 60 countries listed with particular qualities. Their responses were then broken down into various categories which included adventure, power, cultural influence, heritage, entrepreneurship and quality of life.
Germany was followed in the rankings by Canada in second, then the United Kingdom. The UK was rated highly partly for its support for entrepreneurs. The United States and Sweden came in fourth and fifth place.
Fairly predictably, France was ranked highest for cultural influence. Algeria was perceived as the worst country of the 60 rated, and the Ukraine and Iran were rated only slightly better.
Whilst Germany scored among the top ten worldwide countries for the categories of entrepreneurship, quality of life and green living, perhaps because of its reputation as quite a dour nation, it scored relatively poorly in "adventure", ranking 45 out of 60.
In the adventure category, it was given only a 1.2 out of 10 for fun, a 3 for friendliness and a deeply unsexy 0.1 for sexiness.
Brazil, by way of contrast, got top marks for adventure, followed by Italy and Spain.
Germany ranked highly in areas that might be appealing for young people – it was rated the second place to starting a career and the fourth best place for education.