U.S. magazine Newsweek ranks Colombia as the world’s 62nd-best country, according to measures of health, economy, education, politics, and quality of life.
The list aims to answer the question of “whether there is a best place to live.”
Each of the 100 countries in the list is awarded a score out of 100 in five categories. Colombia’s highest score is in the health category, with 75.85, and its lowest is in the quality of life category, with 53.55.
The quality of life metric takes into account murder rate, unemployment, and income inequality, among other factors. Colombia is the lowest-ranked country in Latin America and the Caribbean for quality of life, worse than troubled countries such as Venezuela and Mexico. Not all the region’s countries are included on the list; Haiti, for example, does not feature.
Colombia is ranked as 12th overall out of 20 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean. Chile is the best-placed country in the region, placing 30th of out the world, while Guatemala is the worst, at 84th.
Heading the list as “best country in the world” is Finland, followed by Switzerland and Sweden.