RESPECTED COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD
Added on: 12th Aug 2016
Although it is only recognized as a nation by 22 other countries
(primarily due to political reasons involving mainland China),
unlike its larger half Taiwan is seen as having high press
freedom, economic freedom, and human development.
As the first former Eastern block state to become a developed
economy, this current EU country has led the way. Today its
economy and political systems are seen as a model for other
nations that are trying to make the shift.
Although the Czech Republic has been made famous for the
Prague Spring, it was Poland that ushered in Europe’s first
post-communist government. Since then it has made great
strides. In 2009 when the rest of Europe was having economic
difficulties, Poland was the only country experiencing growth.
So let’s get the negatives out of the way. Although the United States’
reputation abroad was slightly improved under the Obama
administration, due to continued wars, spying, and a general
sense of overreach/imperialism, the United States has
managed to isolate even some of its allies. Furthermore, it has
a reputation for violence, lack of safety, poor healthcare coverage
and massive inequality. With that said, the United States is
still seen as the “melting pot” and “land of opportunity”.
So, although there are 21 countries that are seen as more
“respectable”, the US still has a lot going for it. And given
the amount of immigration, the world seems to have cast
its vote with its feet.
Popular as a tourist destination, Thailand is one of a few Asian
countries on this list. It tended to score high in the appealing
environment category (natural beauty, friendliness, etc.)
The Asian Tiger is seen as having a strong economy,
effective government, and very low corruption.
Due to the economic crisis and constraint policies, France was
one of the European nations whose reputation fell slightly.
With some indicators starting to improve, southern European
countries like Portugal have seen their reputations rise as well.
Spain is the first country on this list whose own citizens have a
lower view of their nation than foreigners. Most countries
(especially Russia, China, and India) had extremely inflated
views of themselves relative to the rest of the world.