Switzerland is the best country in the world, according to a new study from U.S. News & World Report.

The media organisation notable for its influential US university rankings evaluated 80 countries across a range of criteria, from economic influence to citizenship and quality of life. 

By surveying more than 21,000 business leaders, informed elites, and general citizens, the aim of the “2017 Best Countries” report is to discover how nations are perceived on a global scale.

It’s the second year the in-depth study, written in collaboration with Y&R’s BAV Consulting and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, has been published. 

Political turmoil throughout 2016 has taken its toll on the standing of several major world powers. The US slipped three places, while Germany last year’s number one  fell to fourth place.  

Scroll down to see the 24 best countries in the world, ranked in ascending order.