The publication noted that Russia had dropped three places in their ranking while first place went to Switzerland, followed by Canada and the UK. The top ten also included Germany, Japan, Sweden, the US, Australia, France and Norway.
At the same time, Russia ranked second in global influence, behind only the US. Russia ranked eighth in terms of economic growth. The entire list of 80 countries is rounded out by Algeria (78th), Iran (79th) and Serbia (80th).
The rating took into account nine different criteria, including the development of the tourism industry, the social sphere, culture, the economic growth rate and the overall standard of living.
The ranking was prepared together with BAV Consulting and the University of Pennsylvania. It was based on a social survey in which 21,300 respondents from 36 countries took part.
In January, it was reported that the Russian passport was 40th in the ranking of the world’s most powerful passports, a rating determined by the number of countries that its owner can visit without a visa.