Overall there are some significant changes from the 2016 list, even though many countries stayed in the same spot. Notably, the top five was led by Germany, followed by Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Sweden (no. 6 this year). 2016's top country slid "in part because of a string of terrorist attacks and political tension over its decision to admit large numbers of refugees," according to the New York Times.
This year the survey, done in partnership with Y&R’s BAV Consulting and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, prioritized "countries that enjoyed some measure of peace, quiet and prosperity," according to the Times.
“The new rankings reflect people’s desire to restore some sense of order by rewarding nations they perceive as championing neutrality, stability, and diplomacy," John Gerzema, chief executive of BAV Consulting, told the Times.