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March 7, 2017 2:23 pm

US News & World Report Ranks Israel 30th ‘Best Country’ in World, 8th Most Powerful

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Tel Aviv. Photo: Ana Paula Hirama via Wikimedia Commons.

Tel Aviv. Photo: Ana Paula Hirama via Wikimedia Commons.

Israel was ranked 30th (out of 80) on US News & World Report’s newly-published 2017 list of “Best Countries.”

Switzerland headlined the list, followed in the top 10 by Canada, the UK, Germany, Japan, Sweden, the US, Australia and France. The categories on which the countries are ranked include Adventure, Citizenship, Cultural Influence, Entrepreneurship, Heritage, Movers, Open for Business, Power and Quality of Life.

In the “Power” category — ranking the globe’s most influential nations — Israel finished 8th, behind only the US, Russia, China, the UK, Germany, France and Japan.

“Israel, the only Jewish nation in the world, is a small country on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea,” US News & World Report wrote. “For its relatively small size, the country has played a large role in global affairs. The country has a strong economy, landmarks of significance to several religions and strained relationships with many of its Arab neighbors.”

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