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Canada is the Country With the Best Reputation in the World According to Reputation Institute

 

Study Finds Direct Link between a Country's Reputation and its Levels of FDI and Tourism Receipts

NEW YORK, Sept. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Canada has earned the highest reputation ranking in Reputation Institute's 2011 Country RepTrak™, an annual study measuring the public perceptions of 50 countries around the world. The study measures the overall Trust, Esteem, Admiration and Good Feelings the public holds towards these countries, as well as their perceptions across 16 different attributes, including a good quality of life, a safe place to live and a strong attention to their environment. Results from over 42,000 respondents worldwide showed that Canada scored well in all of these elements. "The study shows that a strong country reputation requires a solid performance across three different areas: having an advanced economy, an appealing environment and an effective government," says Nicolas Georges Trad, Executive Partner of Reputation Institute, a global consulting firm specializing in reputation management.

Canada was followed by Sweden, Australia, Switzerland and New Zealand, all showing stability in their high scores throughout the three years of this annual study. Their strong reputations are attributed to their steady democracies, high GDP per capita, focus on active lifestyles, well developed political systems and perceived neutrality to international political upheavals. The lowest ranked countries in the 50-country study were Pakistan, Iran and Iraq, while the United States and China were ranked in the middle and lower tiers.

One of the most interesting findings of this year's study was the significant decrease in the average score of all countries measured, suggesting a growing cynicism people have towards countries, possibly due to recent developments in the world economy and a general loss of faith in politics worldwide. The effect of economics and politics on countries' reputation also showed in some of the big movements from 2009 and 2011: Spain, Ireland and Greece dropped by 5th, 6th and 7th places respectively, while Germany climbed 5 spots to number 11. The outcome in Greece has been even more pronounced internally; the study found that, when rated by Greeks, the country scored almost 16 points lower than by people outside of Greece. "This suggests that in addition to managing their reputations externally, countries should also invest in building domestic pride to drive positive perceptions both inside and outside the country – especially following a trust crisis like we see it in this case," says Nicolas Georges Trad.

Reputation Institute also measured the impact that people's perceptions on the 16 attributes had on the countries' overall reputation. It was found that being perceived as a safe country and a country with friendly people are the most important attributes that drive a country's reputation. This could explain Mexico's plunge from 24th place in 2009 to 35th place this year, as it increasingly struggles with an image of a violent, lawless country.

Perhaps the most important finding in 2011 Country RepTrak™ is that reputation means money. Reputation Institute found a very strong correlation between a country's reputation and people's willingness to visit there, buy its exported products and services, invest there, study there or even live and work there. "Our approach provides a strategic tool that enables countries to make informed decisions about how to spend their brand and reputation building budgets," says Kasper Nielsen, Executive Partner of Reputation Institute. "When you consider that a 10% increase in your country's reputation leads to an 11% rise in your tourism receipts, and a 2% increase in your FDI – this is something both countries and companies might want to take note of."

About Reputation Institute

Reputation Institute is the world's leading corporate reputation consulting firm. Founded in 1997, with a presence in 30 countries, we are the pioneer in reputation management. Through systematic research and analysis, Reputation Institute supports companies to build comprehensive strategies and make operational decisions that are designed to align stakeholders with corporate objectives creating tangible economic value. We enable leaders to make business decisions that build and protect reputational capital and drive competitive advantage. For more information, visit: www.reputationinstitute.com.

About Survey Sampling International

Survey Sampling International (SSI) is the premier global provider of sampling solutions for survey research. With offices in 15 countries, SSI provides data collection services to more than 1,800 clients, including 48 of the top 50 research organizations. For more information, visit: http://www.surveysampling.com.

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2011 Country RepTrak™

Global Ranking

Rank

Country

2011 Country

RepTrak™ Score

1

Canada

74.8

2

Sweden

74.7

3

Australia

74.3

4

Switzerland

74.2

5

New Zealand

73.1

6

Norway

73.1

7

Denmark

71.9

8

Finland

70.5

9

Austria

69.4

10

Netherlands

68.7

11

Germany

68.3

12

Japan

67.2

13

Belgium

65.6

14

Italy

64.6

15

UK

64.2

16

Spain

63.7

17

Ireland

63.6

18

France

62.1

19

Portugal

58.1

20

Singapore

58.0

21

Greece

55.8

22

Brazil

54.6

23

USA

52.9

24

Argentina

52.0

25

Taiwan

51.3

26

Poland

50.9

27

India

50.3

28

Peru

50.2

29

UAE

50.0

30

Thailand

49.9

31

Chile

49.7

32

Puerto Rico

47.4

33

South Africa

46.7

34

South Korea

46.6

35

Mexico

46.0

36

Turkey

46.0

37

Egypt

45.9

38

Venezuela

45.4

39

Bolivia

42.4

40

Ukraine

42.2

41

Israel

41.9

42

Haiti

41.8

43

China

40.7

44

Saudi Arabia

38.8

45

Russia

38.6

46

Colombia

37.1

47

Nigeria

30.9

48

Pakistan

27.2

49

Iran

22.7

50

Iraq

21.8













Effective Government



Rank

Country



1

Switzerland



2

Sweden



3

Norway



4

Canada



5

Denmark



6

Australia



7

Germany



8

Finland



9

Netherlands



10

New Zealand























Advanced Economy



Rank

Country



1

Japan



2

Germany



3

Sweden



4

Switzerland



5

Norway



6

Canada



7

US



8

Denmark



9

Finland



10

Australia























Appealing Environment



Rank

Country



1

Australia



2

Switzerland



3

Sweden



4

Canada



5

Italy



6

New Zealand



7

Norway



8

Spain



9

Austria



10

Denmark















Contact:

Amy Cross, Reputation Institute

1 (212) 495-3855 x307, across@reputationinstitute.com

SOURCE  Reputation Institute

FONTE Reputation Institute

 


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