2022 Best Countries, an analysis project by US News & World Report, has ranked nine African countries with four new entries.
Nine African countries have made it onto the overall 2022 Best Countries ranking. The analysis project was carried out by the US News & World Report; BAV Group, a unit of global marketing communications company WPP; and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
2022 Best Countries: Methodology
Now in its seventh year, Best Countries evaluates 85 countries across 73 attributes. Attributes were grouped into 10 sub-rankings, including entrepreneurship, agility and social purpose. Quality of life became the most heavily weighted sub-ranking this year, as determined by the most recent gross domestic product per capita data.
“The Best Countries ranking is designed to help policymakers and residents identify how perceptions affect their country’s standing among other nations,” said Kim Castro, Editor and Chief Content Officer at US News.
“Having quality of life as the top sub-ranking demonstrates that elements such as a good job market, affordability, political stability and well-developed health and education systems are playing an increasingly important role in shaping a country’s global image,” said Castro.
The African rankings
The nine African countries on the 2022 Best Countries ranking are:
#35 Egypt (#33 out of 78 in 2021)
#42 South Africa (#41 out of 78 in 2021)
#43 Morocco (#38 out of 78 in 2021)
#58 Kenya (#53 out of 78 in 2021)
#69 Tunisia (#65 out of 78 in 2021)
#72 Ghana (Not Ranked in 2021)
#74 Cameroon (Not Ranked in 2021)
#77 Zambia (Not Ranked in 2021)
#80 Algeria (Not Ranked in 2021)
For the fifth time, Switzerland claimed the No. 1 spot, with Germany coming in at No. 2 and Canada at No. 3. The United States moved up two positions to No. 4, followed by Sweden at No. 5.