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France is top nation for culture, fashion and being trendy but not very friendly

by Ray Clancy on January 22, 2016

If you are looking for culture then France is the country to move to, having been voted as the top country in the world in terms of cultural influence, but don’t expect people to be friendly.

The study from US News and World Report, which ranks 60 countries, also says that France is top in terms of being trendy, fashionable and having products that people all over the world want to buy.

FranceThe 2016 Best Countries Report puts Italy in second place for culture, followed by Spain and then Greece with the top four countries all scoring over 90 out of 100. The next was Mexico in fifth place.

But the winner over all categories was Germany, followed by Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States then Sweden, Australia, Japan, France, the Netherlands and Denmark. Germany was particularly praised for its entrepreneurship and quality of life.

“It is difficult to overstate the influence France has on the world, both in the past and today. France is one of the world’s oldest countries, and its reach extends around the globe through science, politics, economics and perhaps above all, culture,” the report says. “Countries that command cultural influence are often synonymous with fine food, fashion and easy living. They are trendsetters, the country equivalent of the cooler, older sibling. Their products have that certain je ne sais quoi that makes them fly a little faster off the shelves. Their music, television and movies are absorbed by other cultures, becoming part of a wider global conversation.”

However, while France scored a perfect 10 for culture, for being prestigious and for being fashionable and trendy, it did not do so well on other categories. It scored just 3.3 for being friendly, 2.7 for being entrepreneurial, 1.5 for the state of its job market and 0.1 for being different.

France came fourth when it came to heritage and is described by the report as being culturally accessible with many attractions, having a rich history and great food. The report singled out the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower as being outstanding attractions.

But when it comes to starting a business then France is not the country to choose, scoring low for entrepreneurship. Top is Germany, followed by Canada, the UK, the US and then Sweden.

When it comes to adventure then the top countries are Brazil, Italy, Spain, Thailand and then New Zealand. Brazil was rated top for being fun and sexy. Australia is named the friendliest country, Spain judges to have the best climate, and New Zealand the most scenic.

The up and coming list is topped by India, followed by Singapore, China, Thailand and Japan.

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