Life in Costa Rica
U.S. News magazine and World Report ranked the best countries in the world, where Costa Rica stands out as the best country in Central America. Of the region only that nation, Guatemala and Panama are listed.
In this case, Costa Rica appears at number 36, followed by Panama and Guatemala, at 37 and 52, respectively.
To prepare the list, interviews were conducted with 16,000 people worldwide, who ranked countries based on 9 items, including business climate or quality of life. The goal is to create a ranking where the best countries to live.
Unfortunately, El Salvador did not even enter the list, which would imply that it does not qualify in any of the items analyzed. At the end of the survey, only 60 nations entered the list.
The nine areas analyzed were: adventure, citizenship, cultural influence, entrepreneurship, heritage, openness to business, if it is a motor country, if it is a country with power, and quality of life. Of these sectors, Costa Rica stands out in adventure and opening of businesses, but maintains low indexes of heritage, motor country, country with power, and emprendedurismo.
In each of these areas different factors are measured: in the case of adventure it is analyzed if the nation is friendly, fun, with good climate, with good landscapes and sexy for its inhabitants.
In the category of citizenship is measured the care of human rights, protection of the environment, gender equality, religious freedom, progressive country, respect for private property and a well-distributed political power.
In cultural influence, I wonder what is the culture of the country in terms of entertainment, happiness, which has an influential culture at a global level, if it is modern, prestigious and with modern trends.
Another important variable for the ranking is entrepreneurship, which studies connectivity with the rest of the world, education of the population, innovation, easy access to capital, skilled workforce, technological expertise, transparent business practices, Well-developed infrastructure and a strong legal framework.
The patrimony was also fundamental for the realization of the ranking, since here it is seen the accessibility that the inhabitants have to the culture, if it has a history rich in value, the importance of the gastronomy and that the nation contains several cultural attractions.
The opening for business was also evaluated. Here it is analyzed if the country is very bureaucratic, if production costs are low, if it is corrupt, if the fiscal environment is favorable and if the practices of government are transparent.
It is remarkable that in the ranking only 12 Latin American nations appear, of which only three surpass Costa Rica. These are Brazil, Mexico and Peru. Worldwide, Germany leads the list as the best country to live on the planet.
The Latin American ranking and its position in the list are presented in the following order: Brazil (20), Mexico (27), Peru (34), Costa Rica (36), Panama (37), Argentina (40), Chile 43), Dominican Republic (45), Uruguay (46), Colombia (49), Guatemala (52) and Bolivia (54).
The countries of the ranking
To select the countries of the ranking, it was necessary to choose, statistically, groups of nations to study the performance of each country in factors such as business, economy and quality of life, and then compare those with other nations.
The 60 countries in this ranking are the only ones that, with their achievements, have obtained mention in four rankings of reputation: The top 100 countries with best United Nations Gross Domestic Product 2013; The World’s 100 Best Tourism Countries 2012; The top 100 countries for direct foreign investment 2013 of the United Nations; And the top 150 countries of the United Nations in the human development index 2014.
Collectively, these countries account for 90% of world GDP, and hold three quarters of the global population; The list includes countries around the world, covering Africa, Europe, Asia, Latin America, the United States, Oceania, and the Middle East.
The nations that stand out among the major countries, most of all, belong to North America, Europe, Asia, and Oceania.