PETALING JAYA: Malaysia is ranked 37th in the “Best Countries in the World” survey by Newsweek international magazine.
It is also among the top three Asian nations that are regarded as among the best in the world. Japan is at ninth place and Singapore 20th.
The first-ever survey by the magazine on best countries in the world also listed Malaysia as the eighth best in education among the upper middle-income countries.
Singapore emerged tops in the economic dynamism category. The magazine attributed it to the island nation’s “manageable” size. Newsweek also noted that although the Singapore government had control over more than half of its economy through state-run sovereign wealth funds and corporations, it was extremely pro-free trade and pro-business.
Education is also tops in Singapore. It was listed as having the world’s fourth best education quality.
The other Asian countries listed in the overall best countries survey were Thailand (58th), China (59th), Philippines (63rd), Sri Lanka (66th), Indonesia (73rd), India (78th), Vietnam (81st), Bangladesh (88th), and Pakistan (89th).
Newsweek said that overall, the top three best countries in the world are Finland, Switzerland, and Sweden.
The survey was aided by an advisory board whose members comprised, among others, Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz and Brookings-Tsinghua Center for Public Policy director Geng Xiao.