The 10 best countries, according to Europe

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Judging by Sweden's place on international ranking lists, it makes sense that other European nations might be crazy with jealousy. Their Nordic neighbor has been called the greenest country, the "goodest" country and the best place to raise kids. As if to rub salt on a wound, Sweden is also regularly named among countries with the most beautiful people.

If there is any envy of Sweden in Europe, however, it seems to be trumped by admiration. The Scandinavian country is Europe's favorite, according to data from the 2016 Best Countries rankings, a characterization of 60 countries based on a survey of more than 16,000 people from four regions. About 4,500 people were surveyed in 12 countries in Europe.

Generally speaking, Europeans seems to like what they see in the mirror. Alongside Sweden, Europeans put Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands and France on their list of the world's top 10 best countries. Europe also seems to be fairly smitten with the United Kingdom, despite its talk of leaving the European Union. Europeans rank the country No. 3, followed by Canada and Australia.

Countries that don't fare so well in the minds of Europeans include Algeria (No. 58), Nigeria (No. 59) and Ukraine No. 60).

Here's a look at the top 10 Best Countries according to Europe and how they are viewed by the rest of the world:

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No. 10: France

France ranks No. 10 overall, according to regional perceptions in Europe. Globally, it ranks No. 8. 

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No. 9: Japan

Japan ranks No. 9 overall, according to regional perceptions in Europe. Globally, it ranks No. 7. 

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No. 8: The Netherlands

The Netherlands ranks No. 8 overall, according to regional perceptions in Europe. Globally, it ranks No. 9. 

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No. 7: Denmark

Denmark ranks No. 7 overall, according to regional perceptions in Europe. Globally, it ranks No. 10.

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No. 6: The United States

The United States ranks No. 6 overall, according to regional perceptions in Europe. Globally, it ranks No. 4

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No. 5: Australia

Australia ranks No. 5 overall, according to regional perceptions in Europe. Globally, it ranks No. 6. 

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No. 4: Canada

Canada ranks No. 4 overall, according to regional perceptions in Europe. Globally, it ranks No. 2. 

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No. 3: The United Kingdom

The United Kingdom ranks No. 3 overall, according to regional perceptions in Europe. Globally, it also ranks No. 3. 

No. 2: Germany

Germany ranks No. 2 overall, according to regional perceptions in Europe. Globally, it takes the No. 1 spot

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No. 1: Sweden

Sweden ranks No. 1 overall, according to regional perceptions in Europe. Globally, it actually comes in at No. 5. 

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