Three countries hold tight to their leading positions
This year’s top three countries by rank—the United States, Singapore and Denmark—have been in the top 10 since the start of the Scientific American Worldview Scorecard. Other than a bobble by Singapore in 2011, these nations have always placed in the top five. Several other leading countries—Finland, Sweden and Switzerland—can also boast longstanding holds on the top 10. But bragging rights for the most impressive ascents go to New Zealand and Australia. New Zealand climbed from 18th in 2010 and 2011 to fourth place in 2016, while Australia rose from 17th in 2010 to take one of the top five spots for the past three years.