Switzerland is the World’s Most Positive Country for 2015, according to the Annual Global Index published by Daily Positive (D+). It is the first time Switzerland took the top spot in this annual positivity index.
The annual index is based on a global expert panel rating, a D+ journalists rating, a global web poll and the number of positive news entries in 2015 on the D+ website, and includes the following top 10:
|Country Name||Total Points|
|United States of America||462|
Switzerland jumped to the top spot from last year’s fourth position thanks to its consistent display of competitiveness in nurturing innovation and talent. Among other, this helped projects like the solar-powered aircraft Solar Impulse 2 or the Large Hadron Collider to go to a new high this year.
Switzerland also ensured its productivity and prosperity by ranking higher in various prestigious indexes, such as, global democracy index, peace index, tourism-friendly index and education index.
For the first time , D+ has also introduced a list of regional positive countries from Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and South America. The regional winners were selected based on the same criteria used to select the overall winners but from a specific region and not considering the top 10 worldwide. In Region South America the winner is Chile:
Chile took the regional title thanks to the following: Its announcement of creating the largest marine reserve in the Americas in its Pacific waters; the Copa America football title for the first time in their history; and the best use of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) by Chilean scientists, an international setup of an astronomical interferometer of radio telescopes in northern Chile, with new and novel research outcomes.