There are all sorts of rankings out there that'll tell you the happiest country, or the best country for expats, or, hell, probably the best country for subsisting solely on bananas. But when it comes to being the best -- just the best, period -- well, that's a different story. And according to one big mashup ranking using a bunch of those rankings, Norway is the best country in the world. Period.
Sure, there is personal preferences to consider, and probably a million other elements, but the people behind the Prosperity Index did their best to weigh a lot of variables when choosing their top countries. They looked at 89 factors and determined which were most important for a country to truly "prosper," ranking 142 countries in eight different categories. These categories included: Economy, Entrepreneurship and Opportunity, Governance, Education, Health, Safety and Security, Personal Freedom, and Social Capitol. Once the top dogs were determined in each, an aggregate score popped out Norway as the country to rule all countries. Well, not like an empire, ya know. Just an awesome place.