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Canada Has Absolutely Zero Chill About Being Ranked The Second Best Country

Be cool, Canada.

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Canada has been named the second best country in the world by U.S. News and World Report.

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We were only beat out by Germany, and just by a wee margin.

The ranking, done in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and BAV Consulting, looked at factors such as quality of life, economy, and human rights.

Canada in particular was lauded for our strong public education system, economic stability, and multiculturalism.

We only got 0.2 out of 10 on "sexy" though, which feels rather rude.

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We also only got 0.8 out of 10 on "has great food" so this whole thing should really be taken with a grain of salt.

But either way, there you have it: we're number two! 🎉

Naturally, as tends to happen whenever someone says something nice about Canada, we're having absolutely zero chill about the whole thing.

The Toronto Star, for example, spent several hundred words extolling the virtues of being merely second best:

One of the more famous advertising campaigns ever launched was Avis car rental's 1962 rejoinder to its second-place status to Hertz.

"We're No. 2. We try harder."

In a year, Avis went from losing $3.2 million to turning a profit of $1.2 million, it's first in 13 years. And "we try harder" was it's slogan for 50 years.

And did you know that Justin Bieber finished second at age 12 in a local singing competition called Stratford Idol?


We're very proud of ourselves.

So proud that Canada ranks #1 for quality of life and #2 for citizenship #Bestcountries #Davos2016

This is hardly the first time Canada has scored high on country-ranking lists. Last year, the "Reputation Institute" declared that Canada is the most reputable nation. Whatever that means.

We also happen to be #1 one when it comes to number of craters and lentil production.

Lauren Strapagiel is Managing Editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Toronto, Canada.

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