Germany was polled as the world’s favorite country for 2014 (poll conducted annually by Anholt-Gfk Roper Nation Brands Index), bumping the United States from the top spot, which it has held since 2009.
The index measures 50 leading nations by 23 different attributes, making up the six overall dimensions on which the national image is based. This is compiled from 20,125 interviews from people in 20 countries. Germany’s capital, Berlin, was also complimented in 2014. Berlin was ranked as the most fun city in the world in a poll by travel sites GetYourGuide and GoEuro.
Simon Anholt, creator of the 2005-founded index said, “Germany appears to have benefited not only from the sports prowess it displayed at the FIFA World Cup championship, but also by solidifying its perceived leadership in Europe through a robust economy and steady political stewardship.”
The United States still won in the categories for creativity, modern culture, and education. What seems to have brought down the global giant is its unsteady record in global security and peace.
The senior vice president and director of the index, Xiaoyan Zhao, stated, “In a year of various international confrontations, the United States has lost significant ground where tension has been felt the most acutely.”
This pro-Germany coverage was well received by Alan Posener, British-German journalist and commentator for Berlin’s Die Welt newspaper, who said, “As a German of the baby-boomer generation, I can remember a time when many Germans my age would speak English when abroad so as to hide their nationality.”