Canada Is the World’s Most Reputable Country

According to the Reputation Institute, a global private consulting firm based in both New York and Copenhagen, the honors went to Canada for the world’s most respectable country.

The firm just released its fourth annual list of 50 countries, ranked based on people’s trust, admiration, respect and affinity for those countries. Each of the 50 countries were chosen due to their large population and economies or those that have been in the public eye as a result of political, economic or natural events.

After 27,000 interviews, which quizzed consumers from G8 countries from January through March of this year, the US came in 22nd–right below Brazil.

Fernando Prado, a managing partner at the Reputation Institute, says that the US is burdened by what he calls “a negative emotional halo.” This has to do with the dominant role our country plays being a superpower.

The countries with the worst rankings?

Not surprisingly, Iraq ranked 50th, preceded by Iran, Pakistan and Nigeria. China just so happened to come in 44th and Russia, 46th.