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Silver belle: Canada second-best country in the world

Last Updated Jan 21, 2016 at 9:49 am EST

This Canadian moose is in a canoe, appropriately. Product seen in Toronto's Chinatown PHOTO BY: DIANA PEREIRA/680 NEWS

It’s another notch in Canada’s (snow) belt. We’re the second-best country in the world, according to a new survey released at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland.

The factors that made Canada (second) best are our diversity, our wilderness, and our successful writers and artists.

Being a high-tech industrial society with a high standard of living also helped Canada get, yes, high marks.

Out of 60 countries, Germany was first while the UK was third, the U.S. was fourth and Sweden was fifth.

The survey was prepared by U.S. News & World Report, the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, and BAV, a global consultant.

And this past weekend, you’ve probably heard, The New York Times announced that Canada is hip.

That report got some outrage on Twitter, with people wondering why the Times only clued into Canada’s cool factor now, since, as Maclean’s reports, the pieces on Canada’s coolness are not new.

“It was only a few months ago, days after the federal election, that another pinnacle of Manhattan journalism, The New Yorker, noted Canada was finally, once again, “cool,”” Colin Hargan of Maclean’s writes.

“That came barely a year after Vogue declared Toronto’s West Queen West neighbourhood among the world’s “coolest,” which itself appeared more than 10 years after The Economist said Canada had “a new spirit,” and illustrated the point by Photoshopping some sunglasses on a moose (The Economist, for the record, reversed its decision in 2013, saying Canada was “uncool”—the moose’s sunglasses were shown as having slipped down its nose).”

In our corner, we’re wondering why the Times used the word “hip.” That doesn’t seem cool.