Ireland has been ranked in 21st place in an annual survey carried out to establish the best countries in the world.
US News & World Report, Y&R’s BAV Consulting and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania all collaborated to rank the countries based on categories such as adventure, citizenship, cultural influence, entrepreneurship, heritage and raising children.
Switzerland came out on top ahead of Canada, the UK, Germany and Japan.
We came in just behind China and our vast cultural identity was mentioned in the report:
"For its small size, Ireland has a large cultural imprint, particularly in English literature. The country’s famous authors include Samuel Beckett, James Joyce and Oscar Wilde – just to name a few. Ireland has rich musical and folklore traditions and is also the creator of Guinness, perhaps its most famous export along with St. Patrick’s Day"