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The Week in Germany - April 23, 2021
April 23, 2021
Germany ranked #3 "Best Country" in annual US News & World Report rating

Dear TWIG Readers, 

US News & World Report has come out with its annual "Best Countries" ratings! And we're happy to announce that Germany is ranked #3 in the overall "Best Countries" ranking, following Canada (#1) and Japan (#2). Last year, Germany ranked fourth. Germany also ranks #2 in the world for entrepreneurship and #3 for education and transparency, making it a great country to build your skills or work on a business!

"Germany, the most populous nation in the European Union, possesses one of the largest economies in the world and has seen its role in the international community grow steadily since reunification," the report states.

The ranking is based on a digital survey involving more than 17,000 participants from 36 different countries. Participants were asked to rank 78 different countries according to qualities such as "heritage", "power", "quality of life", "agility" and "social purpose". 

Another category that Germany scored particularly high in is "agility" (#4), which describes a country's ability to "adapt and respond to whatever obstacles they face," US News states.

Germany also ranked high for "responsiveness" and was seen as being progressive and modern. 

However, one of Germany's lowest scores is in the category "adventure". We're not quite sure we understand this one, since there are so many adventures to be had in Germany! From hiking in the Alps to dancing at Oktoberfest and swimming commando in the North Sea, there's plenty of fun to be had. But alas, we're still happy that Germany is listed so high up in its overall rankings!

Nicole Glass
Editor, The Week in Germany

Teaming up with the French Embassy for Earth Day

In honor of Earth Day, we teamed up with our friends from the French Embassy in the U.S. for a Rock Creek Conservancy cleanup: a small but positive impact, right here in Washington, D.C.! It was just a small celebration of the values of France and Germany: we're both dedicated to a better environment, a sustainable world. While enjoying each other's company, we also collected 23 bags (over 300 pounds!) of garbage from right outside our Embassy gates. There's more. In 2021, we're supporting a series of cleanups and activities with our European partners to protect our environment: each month a French and a German consulate will partner to make their host city just a bit cleaner and greener.

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