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A Perilous Peak

A Perilous Peak

Half of the top 10 countries lost footing in their overall scores



Rank is one thing on the Scientific American Worldview Scorecard, and score is another. Rank reveals one country’s performance against others, while its score over time shows how its capabilities change. Only half of the top 10 countries—Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland and the United States—increased their scores from 2015 to 2016. And of these, most only rose by one percent or less. Among the top 10, Singapore’s score sees the biggest jump, 8.3%. Just two of the top 10 countries score higher than their average this year. Both the United States and New Zealand surpass their averages by 3.6%. Meanwhile, Canada and Sweden suffer major descents, falling 10.6% and 10.2% from their averages, respectively.