Denmark is the Best Country to Raise a Child, Says Report Sweden and Norway came in second and third, respectively, according to the latest 'Best Countries Report.' 'U.S. News & World Report' Senior Data Editor The U.S. came in at number 18 due to a poor safety metric. Canada ranked fourth followed by the Netherlands and Finland. As for the best country in the world overall, Switzerland took the top spot for the fourth year in a row.