Thursday, May 23, 2013
most popular country
Germany has topped a BBC poll as the world's most popular country. The survey polled 26,000 people in 25 countries and asked them to rate 16 countries and the European Union as a whole on whether their influence on the world was mainly positive or negative. Germany came out on top, with 59 percent of survey participants giving it a positive rating. The country moved up three percentage points from its 2012 position. It displaced Japan, which saw its positive rating fall from 58 percent last year to 51 percent, going from first to fourth place.
"There are lots of reasons why Germany is admired," one of the researchers said. "It is a large and important world economy, a world-class manufacturer, and has a chancellor who demonstrates genuine leadership."
And they also make great beer, cars, coffee, and chocolate. ;-)