Canada has always been considered to be one of the the greatest countries on earth and as it turns out, we're even better than we thought.

But what makes a great country?

USNews.com believes the secret is having the right combination of people, policies and history.

Those who were polled were asked to rank countries on 65 different aspects that were grouped according to theme.

These included Cultural Influence, Entrepreneurship, Heritage, Power and Quality of Life.

When it was all said and done, Canada managed to take the #2 spot on the list.

Here's are of the top 15 countries:


1. Germany

GDP: $3.7 trillion

Population: 80.9 million


2. Canada

GDP: $1.8 trillion

Population: 36.1 million


3. United Kingdom

GDP: $2.7 trillion

Population: 64.5 million


4. United States

GDP: $16.8 trillion

Population: 318.9 million


5. Sweden

GDP: $580.0 billion

Population: 9.7 million


6. Australia

GDP: $1.6 trillion

Population: 23.5 million


7. Japan

GDP: $4.9 trillion

Population: 127.1 million


8. France

GDP: $2.8 trillion

Population: 66.2 million


9. Netherlands

GDP: $854.0 billion

Population: 16.9 million


10. Denmark

GDP: $336.0 billion

Population: 5.6 million


11. New Zealand

GDP: $186.0 billion  

Population: 4.5 million


12. Austria

GDP: $428.0 billion

Population: 8.5 million


13. Italy

GDP: $2.1 trillion

Population: 61.3 million


14. Luxembourg

GDP: $60.1 billion

Population: 556.1 thousand


15. Singapore

GDP: $298.0 billion

Population: 5.5 million


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