In 2016, Sweden came out on top of the Reputation Institute's yearly ranking of 55 countries according to how people viewed them as places to live and work. The same year, Sweden outranked 162 other countries to reach the number-one spot in the Good Country Index, based on its ranking on 35 UN and World Bank criteria ranging from living standards to environmental sustainability.
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Bergh, Andreas (2017), "The Swedish Economy Triumph of Social Democracy – or Serendipity?". Milken Institute Review, January 17.